The aim was to marry “Britain’s rich history of science and innovation with well-known business acumen and Silicon Valley thinking,” according to Bethany Coates, assistant dean for global innovations programmes at Stanford.Running as a part-time course over a ten-week period, the university is seeking entrepreneurs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The $10,000 programme includes 100 classroom hours and 150 project hours. That said, four applicants deemed “exceptional” will have the chance to receive a 50 per cent scholarship. With year one under its belt, Stanford had candidates from various sectors such as finance, medicine and law, while some held posts at large firms including ASOS, BP, Bupa, Infosys, and Marks and Spencer.
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