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Stanford's Globally Focused Student Entrepreneurship Society

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ASES was founded at Stanford University in 1998 with the goal of connecting student entrepreneurs all over the world. Today, active ASES chapters provide educational programs on entrepreneurship, design, and venture capital for students across the globe. We challenge our members to think beyond Silicon Valley and solve global problems.

Joining ASES Bootcamp my freshman year was definitely one of my most fulfilling Stanford experiences in both a social and entrepreneurial context. My experiences so far have ranged from prototyping and scaling a startup idea to planning conferences and meeting international ASES members from all over the world. Most importantly, I’ve met some of my best friends through the organization. It allowed me not only to explore what it means to be an entrepreneur outside of just Silicon Valley, but become a part of a close-knit community here at Stanford and with ASES chapters globally.

Haley Tran

Class of 2021

I joined ASES my freshman year and I immediately felt at home with the welcoming community. It was easy to talk to everyone and I made tight-knit friends both in and outside of bootcamp at quarterly retreats and team events. I developed not only personally, but also professionally and was able to learn valuable entrepreneurial skills and apply them to real-world experiences. ASES helped me find me internships and new opportunities, and connected me with mentors in areas I was interested in.

Alex Lin

Class of 2021

Joining ASES through the Bootcamp program my frosh fall was one of the most important decisions I’ve made during my time at Stanford. Not only did I learn an incredible amount from knowing nearly nothing about entrepreneurship, I was sucked into a community of amazing people that extends around the world. I absolutely love my friends (family!) in ASES, and I know that together we have the ability to solve the world’s problems while having a crazy amount of fun.

Charles Tsao

Class of 2021

Quality over Quantity

We focus on providing our members significant value in the forms of learning, networking, and fun. This is only possible because we limit the number of the events we do so we can do them extremely well.

Bootcamp - Solve
Wicked Problems.

ASES Bootcamp is a 12-week design-thinking intensive for Stanford freshmen and sophomores that serves as a stepping stone into the world of entrepreneurship. Following an innovative, action-oriented process, students will learn to identify and prototype impactful solutions to problems they’re interested in tackling. Bootcamp culminates in a final pitch presentation, in which teams of students pitch their startup ideas to a panel of Silicon Valley investors. This is your chance to join Stanford’s closest-knit startup community!

*****Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bootcamp 2020 will be shortened to 8 weeks and take place entirely on Zoom.

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Form Teams
Solve a Problem
Pitch to VCs

Summit - Connecting Global Entrepreneurs.

Every year we select 35 of the world's best collegiate entrepreneurs to come to Stanford and participate in a week of entrepreneurship, design, incredible guest speakers, and wicked problem solving. Summit is great for the delegates and even better for ASES members who get to expand their networks globally and gain first-hand exposure to global problems and ways of thinking.

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One Week of Global
35 Collegiate
Stanford University

Launchpad - Enabling Local High Schoolers.

We've all been high schoolers at one point so we know that high schoolers have great ideas! Launchpad is all about enabling these students to turn their ideas into realities, whether they be simple websites advances mobile apps, or fast growing businesses.

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VC3 - Educating Student Founders.

ASES' mission is to solve global problems. We accomplish this through great educational programs like Bootcamp and also by providing problem solvers with incredible resources. With VC3, we connect Stanford’s most promising startups with prominent venture capitalists through a rapid-fire pitch event to help student founders refine their pitches and receive feedback from successful investors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How are you guys different from other entrepreneurship organizations on campus?
As a globally-focused student organization, we’re part of a network of student entrepreneurship societies at universities around the world. With this global perspective, we focus on solving the world's problems, not just Silicon Valley's. There is a plethora of exciting apps and services centered here in the Valley, but we challenge our members to solve the hardest and most painful problems that billions of people around the world experience instead of focusing on reinventing something that already exists.
What will I get out of ASES?
We get it, you have 4 years at Stanford before you have to enter the "real world" and you want to grow as much as you can. At ASES, personal development and community are core to us. We pride ourselves in giving every member opportunities to grow and have a real impact in the organization. In terms of personal development, we provide our members with great educational programs focused on entrepreneurship, design, and venture capital in addition to a powerful global network of students, alumni, sponsors, and other partners. The ASES community is one of the tightest-knit you’ll find on campus. We’re friends outside the work that we do and our leadership team invests significant time in getting to know new members.
What does ASES stand for?
ASES is a global entrepreneurship community. With chapters all around the globe, we strive to to be a diverse, inclusive group with a keen eye for innovation.

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