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

4 recovery

Creating new businesses,

Reinventing existing businesses

Learn lean startup techniques and develop new businesses and business models for an economy on the road to recovery.

COVID-19 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!

Recap of PAST H4R Sessions

With a terrific crew of instructors, TA’s, and mentors, we successfully concluded 3 sessions of our Hacking 4 Recovery summer series – with 50 Stanford teams tackling COVID-19 problems and helping schools, businesses and health systems on the road to recovery.

We had teams join us from all corners of the globe including students from 6 continents. Teams explored a variety of issue areas including access to affordable healthcare, scaling COVID-19 testing, improving personal protective equipment options for small businesses and restaurants, remote onboarding for companies, and mental health options for those most affected by the crisis.

“Hacking 4 Recovery gives you the tools and inspiration to improve the world in this time when the world needs us!”
Greg Wientjes
PhD 2010, MS 2006, BS 2004
“Learn a lifetime in 5 days.”
Emet Ozar
MA 2005

Applications now closed.


Session I. June 29th to July 3rd

Session II. July 20th to July 24th

Session III. August 3rd to August 7th

Stanford Community Engaged

All of the Stanford community participated – including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, DCI Fellows, Stanford alumni, and visiting Summer Session students, too!

HACKING 4 RECOVERY was offered free as an online, team-based experiential course.