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Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has recently launched a special entrepreneurship program in Bangalore. It is a nine-week, part-time certificate program called “Stanford Ignite” that essentially teaches entrepreneurs and innovators how to formulate, develop, and commercialize their ideas.

The program provides exposure to both the fundamentals of business and the practical aspects of identifying, evaluating, and moving business ideas forward. It will be delivered by prominent Stanford Graduate School of Business Faculty and utilizes a combination of lectures, case evaluations, small group discussions, workshops, panels, and team projects.

Being part of this program, you basically get to learn a lot of core business skills, applied skills like leadership, networking, etc. and you get access to prominent executives and corporate, venture, and angel investors who participate as guest speakers, mentors and panelists.

So, everything look great till now, right? Now, let’s come to the course fees. According to the Stanford Ignite page, this nine-week part-time certificate program will cost you USD 8350 or about Rs. 4,50,000.

I really doubt how many startup folks are going to be part of this program because 4.5 lakh rupees is a lot of money. I agree that the program is delivered by Stanford and whatever, but still, it seems to be a good option for mid-level executives who are placed in good jobs and are looking to start a business in the near future. I think it is a great program for those people. But for the ones who have already started or are looking to start immediately, I guess it will be tough to put in so much money in to this program.

Here are the details of the program:

Dates: August 10 – October 12, 2013
Times: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm -10:00pm (dinner included) and most Saturdays from 9:00am – 4:00pm (lunch included).
Additional meetings will be needed for project work.
Application Deadline: May 15, 2013
Location: Infosys campus in Bangalore, India
Tuition: $8,350.00 USD
We’d like to hear from you – Will you be interested in this program?



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