Gearing up for the Stanford Ignite - Polytechnique Program
Attention to all European engineers and scientists who would like to acquire the necessary tools and skills for launching innovative initiatives and creating high-performance companies - the application period for the second edition of the Stanford Ignite-Polytechnique Program is now open until June 10, 2014.
Modeled on the entrepreneurial program offered since 2006 at the Stanford GSB, the Stanford Ignite-Polytechnique Program is a modern academic program which places teamwork at the forefront. Alongside its courses, which are taught by Stanford GSB and École polytechnique faculty members, and guest lectures from world-renowned experts, students are coached throughout the program by professionals in innovative entrepreneurship, including industry experts, business angels, and top executives.
Targeted at Master's, Ph.D., M.D and Post-Doc students, as well as engineers who are already employed but have not yet obtained a degree in management or business administration, this program seeks to create a close-knit community of entrepreneurs over the long term.
“[…] I am overjoyed by this unprecedented collaboration which enables participants to benefit from the best aspects of our two establishments. I am convinced that this year's edition will enable entrepreneurs to redefine their business models, encouraging innovation and the emergence of new startups,” emphasizes Jacques Biot, President of École polytechnique.
For Franz Bozsak, a post-doc researcher in the École polytechnique Hydrodynamics Laboratory (LadHyX), who participated in last year's program, “these three months of exceptional experiences and hard work” enabled his project Instent to become one of the winners in the World Innovation Challenge. Instent develops intelligent stents, which are small spring-like tubes used primarily in the medical field to treat clogged arteries. These intelligent stents enable doctors to provide remote post-op monitoring for their patients. “Cardiovascular disease is a serious issue for public health and society, not only in the western world but on a global scale. The Stanford Ignite-Polytechnique Program helped me immensely to develop all of the ‘business’ aspects of the project”, Franz Bozsak stated at the World Innovation Challenge award ceremony on March 20, 2014.