Stanford Graduate School of Business is offering its first ever “UK-based” business technology teaching programme.

The Silicon Valley school’s inaugural Stanford Ignite-London programme will be beamed into a Canary Wharf classroom in full HD from California, and will also involve some teaching in person.

Lessons will be broadcast into a Canary Wharf classroom from California ©Flickr/Dewet
Lessons will be broadcast into a Canary Wharf classroom from California ©Flickr/Dewet

The 10-week long, part-time programme seeks to teach “innovative individuals” with a strong scientific and technical background “how to commercialise their business ideas”. It will explain to entrepreneurs the “fundamentals of management” and practical aspects of “identifying and moving their venture forward”.

Stanford Ignite London participants will learn from the same faculty who teach the school’s world-class MBA Programme, whilst also drawing on “Silicon Valley culture and connections”, said Stanford. In addition, students will work closely with experienced mentors and industry experts from the UK and around the globe.

Bethany Coates, assistant dean for Global Innovations Programs at Stanford Graduate School of Business, said, “Britain’s rich history of science and innovation make it a natural choice for our new programme. We hope that by marrying this with our well-known business acumen and Silicon Valley thinking, we can really help to develop nascent ventures and new lines of business within existing corporations.

“If you are a talented individual with science and technology experience, who has been sitting on a promising idea, this programme provides a vital toolkit,” she said.

A “small number” of admitted participants will receive up to full scholarships for the programme. These will be selected on the “merits of the individual’s application”, based on their “excellence in their field, drive for innovation and potential to create world-changing impact”.

Otherwise, Stanford London Ignite is open to any technical professional with a bachelor’s degree and professional experience, or graduate students currently pursuing a masters, MD, PhD, Post-doc or other non-business related qualification.

The course costs “less than £6,500”, which provides 100 classroom hours and up to 150 project hours. Selection is by an application process. That's a lot more expensive pro-rata than a UK university degree in terms of tuition fees, but it is Stanford.