About the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES)

Co-directed by faculty members Irv Grousbeck, Charles Holloway, and Peter Reiss, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies was established in 1996 to address the need for greater understanding of the issues faced by entrepreneurial individuals and companies. The CES serves to focus the different entrepreneurial efforts at the GSB, including those of faculty, students, alumni, and the community. The mission of the CES is to build an understanding of the issues facing entrepreneurial companies and individuals by:

  • Promoting research topics relevant to entrepreneurs;
  • Enhancing and expanding the entrepreneurship curriculum;
  • Engaging with the entrepreneurial community to provide access and resources to our students and alumni; and
  • Fostering a lifelong community of GSB entrepreneurs across class years.

We prepare students with the necessary education and experiences using top faculty, original research on entrepreneurship, CES-developed case studies on entrepreneurial issues, and community involvement with leaders of the entrepreneur and venture capital population in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Activities include:

  • Develop and support 27 entrepreneurial courses. Courses include Evaluating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, in which teams of 4-5 students spend 2 quarters evaluating a business opportunity; Formation of New Ventures; Managing Growing Enterprises; Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital and Building and Managing Professional Sales Organizations.
  • Develop over 30 entrepreneurial cases each year.
  • Organize and host speaker and panel series each year.
  • Provide continuity and institutional memory for the Entrepreneur Club, the Venture Capital Club, and the annual Entrepreneurship Conference.
  • Advise students and alumni pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Through the Entrepreneurial Summer Program, support MBA students in gaining experience working for early-stage companies by funding students with supplemental salaries. The program also includes several events for students to share their expectations and experiences with faculty and fellow students.
  • Development and support of resources and alumni communities to connect GSB students and alumni with fellow entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, and mentors.
  • Sponsor and host Alumni Founders Forums for entrepreneurial alumni to support one another in a confidential monthly gathering.
  • Sponsor and host the annual GSB Alumni Entrepreneur Reunion.
About the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Our Mission
Our mission is to create ideas that deepen and advance our understanding of management and with those ideas to develop innovative, principled, and insightful leaders who change the world.

Moving Forward on Three Fronts

New Curriculum
Since 2007, students tailor their program to their past experiences and specific interests while mastering general management skills. The new curriculum expands leadership and communication development and will require each student to take part in some type of global experience.

New Collaborations
The Business School is a resource for the entire University in understanding the art and science of successful managed organizations. We are developing new multidisciplinary programs with the seven other schools to help understand issues facing society and to bring about important changes.

New Campus
The Knight Management Center is now open and provides a more flexible campus supporting a wider variety of teaching and learning methods and more collaboration and engagement with the Stanford campus at large.

Key Areas We Teach
We believe there are four critical components necessary to a complete general management education.

  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Awareness
  • Social Innovation

For more information please visit the GSB site at www.gsb.stanford.edu