Cardinal Ventures is a 10-week program focused on helping you develop your business idea and source funding. Ten to fifteen teams will be accepted each session to participate in weekly speaker sessions focused on different components of founding and operating a business, and structured workshops to help you develop a business plan. Speaker sessions and workshops will include guest speakers with expertise in relevant fields: local entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors, and professors, among others. You'll be expected to spend around two and a half hours a week attending sessions and workshops, and 15 hours a week total on your business, including working on your business plan and meeting with mentors.

At the end of the program, teams will present a full business plan and pitch to a panel of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and professors who will provide feedback. The pitch day will also be attended by other investors. One team will be selected by the panel as the winner of the pitch day, and this team will then be considered for a spot in StartX. Cardinal Ventures has one guaranteed spot in StartX each year, which will be awarded to the winner of either the fall or spring pitch day. 

Cardinal Ventures companies receive: 

  • The chance to form connections with the entrepreneurs, VCs, angel investors, and other Stanford students and alumni serving as mentors and guest speakers

  • Practice pitching their business idea to a group of potential investors

  • The opportunity to secure a spot in the StartX accelerator. 

We do not take equity, and all companies can exit the program with no further commitments to SSE. 

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Managing DIRECTOR                            Vice President

Tina Jiang                                                                     Jeremy Intal

Nicole Birkner

Ashley Baxter    

                       Eddie Mattout