Summer series of 5-day pop-up classes at stanforD UNIVERSITY


Creating new businesses,
Reinventing existing businesses

Join us to learn lean startup techniques and develop new business models and new businesses for an economy that’s getting back to work and on the road to recovery.

The post-pandemic world will be a very different place. The COVID-19 virus has upended traditional ways of doing business, travel, education, etc. How do these institutions reconfigure themselves? What new businesses, products and services will emerge? Hacking 4 Recovery provides students with the tools to understand the new normal and to build innovative solutions for recovery. 

Stanford’s Hacking 4 Recovery is a 5-day version of the Lean LaunchPad / Hacking for Defense / National Science Foundation I-Corps curriculum that’s trained tens of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators. This class offers students a unique online opportunity to build the future with the Stanford University instructors who have inspired a generation of entrepreneurs. 

Students who take the Hacking 4 Recovery class will have an opportunity to apply for affiliated summer startup accelerators and incubators, including Pear VC, Floodgate, H4XLabs, Stanford Venture Studio, and others to be announced. 

Watch this video of Eleanor Haglund, an alumna of the 5-Day Lean Launchpad course!

Free 5-Day Online Classes

Each HACKING 4 RECOVERY session will have a different theme.


I.  June 29th to July 3rd
4:00 – 7:00 PM PDT, M-F

II.  July 20th to July 24th
4:00 – 7:00 PM PDT, M-F 

III. August 3rd to August 7th
4:00 – 7:00 PM PDT, M-F


First session theme:  “Creating New Businesses and Finding New Business Models” across all business types.

Following sessions will explore additional themes:  Health (diagnostics, devices, digital health), Travel & Hospitality (airlines, cruises, hotels, rental marketplaces), Food Service (restaurants, fast food, home delivery), Entertainment (theaters, concerts, sporting events) and Education (in person and remote).

All Stanford Community Invited

All of the Stanford community is invited to join us – including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, DCI Fellows and Stanford alumni, too. Visiting students taking at least one Summer Session course (3 units minimum) may also apply.

HACKING 4 RECOVERY is a free online team-based experiential course. Applications will be accepted from teams and individuals also. Please attend one of our online information sessions for more details.