Entrepreneurial Next Steps

While Biodesign's focus is on the early stages of Medtech entrepreneurship, there are a number of organizations beyond Stanford's doors that can help when a project is ready to go to the next stage.

Organization Description
StartX StartX is a non-profit organization run by Stanford students whose mission is to accelerate the development of Stanford's top entrepreneurs through experiential education. They provide
  • Community
  • Mentorship
  • Real-time & customized educational content
  • Infrastructure Resources

Their mission is to accelerate the development of the highest-potential Stanford founders through experiential education, enabling them to create serious impact. They represent and support all students at Stanford (from undergrads to PhDs and postdocs, in any discipline), and there is no charge (equity or otherwise) for participating in the program. They provide access to a community of the best Stanford founders, serial entrepreneur mentors, real time and individualized information, and resources that startup founders need to accelerate the growth of their companies.

StartX runs three sessions in the fall/winter, winter/spring, and summer of each year. Each session is a three month cycle. These sessions act as an entry point into our community as many founders go through 2 or 3 sessions.

Biodesign Projects that went on to StartX: ClearEar, 2011-12 White Team

Fogarty Institute

The Fogarty Institute for Innovation is an educational non-profit dedicated to mentoring, training and inspiring the next generation of medical innovators. Through our programs, physicians, engineers and other collaborators can learn to successfully integrate their respective disciplines to develop viable ideas aimed at improving patient care. We offer four distinct programs, each with a different level and type of support for medical technology innovators.

Innovation/Cultivation: An onsite program which provides hand-picked applicants with the environment and resources to nurture innovative ideas to fruition

Clinical Research/Validation: An adjunct program run through our Taft Center for Clinical Research that supports clinical trials by providing efficient, high quality management services to investigators, and provides members of the community the opportunity to participate in trials for innovative, cutting-edge treatment options.

Biodesign Projects that went on to Fogarty Institute: Niveus, Intervene, ClearEar