Enterprise Innovation Stack

Design Your Innovation Program in

New technologies and evolving customer preferences are disrupting established businesses while creating dramatic opportunities. To survive the disruption and capture these opportunities, your organization must develop its own internal innovation program, which demands a unique combination of infrastructure, process, talent, and culture.

Which approach should you take with your innovation program?

Do you start an incubator or accelerator? Should you spin off a startup? Should you invest through a corporate venture capital fund? Should you do it yourself or work with an external partner?


This course presents a structured and integrated “enterprise innovation stack” methodology to help you build and operate an innovation program within a larger organization. Each week addresses a different facet of operating an innovation program. Students can expect to see examples from a variety of companies and industries, as well as benefit from in-class discussion with other students. This will be an engaging hands-on workshop style course and you will leave with a solid plan for your program.

Key Takeaways

  • Construct a complete operating plan for your innovation program.
  • Create a strategy to work with external startups and partners.
  • Gain practical tools to identify and resolve key innovation barriers.
  • Develop a common language to communicate with your team.
  • Learn methods to sell your program internally.
  • Network with participants from a mix of industries.


The Enterprise Innovation Stack | Designing Your Enterprise Innovation Program


7 Tuesday Evenings | January 29, 2019 to March 12, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm


Stanford University Campus | Palm Drive, Stanford, CA 94305 | Room TBD


$480 per student

What You Will Learn


Anand Ramachandran

Previously, Anand led the overall strategy for NTT Group’s Innovation Institute in Palo Alto with a focus on commercializing R&D projects and leading joint customer innovation projects. He also led SAP’s Co-Innovation Program, where he focused on the creation of innovation programs with more than 30 of SAP’s largest global customers. These companies included Fortune 50 companies in Healthcare, High Tech, Media, Telecom, and Consumer Products industries. 

He has been a co-founder or early employee of 4 startups in financial services, enterprise software, and media. For the last 3 years, he has served as an executive-in-residence at Plug-and-Play, the most active startup Incubator in Silicon Valley, where he advises many of the 400+ startups he sees yearly. Anand holds a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is the author of Getting Clarity: The 7 Fundamental Skills to Conquer Information Overload and is an active speaker at conferences and events. 

“Anand brought some structure to our thinking. Seeing how all the pieces fit together helped us speed up!”

VP Product Management

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