Why Europe?

Comparative Innovation Ecosystems

Silicon Valley and Stanford can learn a great deal from our European colleagues and sister institutions about new approaches to entrepreneurship, innovation and design - as well as about the connection of innovation ecosystems, organization cultures, language, philosophy and ethics to innovation performance.

Europe at Stanford

European students, professors, post-docs, adjunct faculty and staff form a large and important community at Stanford, and make innumerable important contributions to the Stanford University mission and community, in research, teaching, entrepreneurship, design, arts, culture, values and sports; indeed, European traditions have always been an integral part of the Stanford model from the first days of Stanford's founding.

Europe in Silicon Valley

European founders, entrepreneurs, researchers, designers and investors have played, and continue to play, a central role in the success, growth and revitalization of Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley in Europe

Silicon Valley is a vital and growing part of the European innovation economy, creating thousands of new jobs in Europe each year, and helping many established European companies to become more competitive globally.

Course Format

Attendance at All 8 Classes Is Mandatory

Weekly Short Presentations + End-of-Quarter Essay

Stanford Honor Code Applies

3-4 Units | Letter - C/NC Grading Basis

No Prerequisites

Attendance Taken Each Class

Course Instructor

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Dr. Burton Lee

Lecturer | European Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Center for Design Research

Course Instructor