Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program
Project Type: 
Tech Innovation Initiative
Students and Faculty

The Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Program, is a new initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Education, created as a  collaborative effort between GSE IT and the Dean’s Office, to offer advising services to faculty and students on innovative projects in education.

Launched in 2018, the EIR Program brings one accomplished entrepreneurial leader to campus for a year at a time to provide mentorship and guidance to the GSE community on social impact, business strategy and design, and to help connect investors and other edtech executives with researchers. The EIR program also serves to convene experts in the area of educational entrepreneurship. The EIR will lead various seminars, workshops and conferences to share real-world experiences with the GSE community and create development and engagement opportunities with relevant leaders.

"Our focus is on helping our students and faculty improve the lives of all learners through the research they do and the training programs they conduct," says Geoff Cox, senior associate dean at the GSE. "With this program, we can help bridge what happens here with what's happening outside of academia. We can help our scholars bring their work, in innovative ways, to a wider audience."

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Education Technology Course
The course offers a framework and skills necessary to successfully assess new educational technology products, their viability in respective markets, and their value to clients or customers.
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Speaker Series
Guest speaker executives and entrepreneurs from successful edtech startups are invited to speak and answer questions about their inventions. 

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One-on-One Consultations
One-one-One consultations help the GSE community foster new ideas and launch new projects with a focus on social impact and innovations in edtech and the future of work.

Featured EIRs
Claudio Sassaki

Claudio Sassaki was the Co-Founder and CEO of Geekie, an edtech company in Brazil that pioneered ground-breaking, real time data-based learning systems. Sassaki pioneered the use of technology and AI for personalized learning at massive scale in Brazil – more than twelve million students from 5,000 schools have been impacted by the solutions developed by him and his team.

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Joy Chen

Dr. Joy Chen is a Chinese American entrepreneur and investor with a passion for education technology. Born and raised in China, Joy has studied and worked in both China and the US, accumulating over 26 years of experience in education.

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Eduardo Mufarej

Eduardo Mufarej is a Brazilian entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of the investment company called Tarpon Investimentos, which manages several private equity funds focused on Brazilian businesses. From 2014-2018 he led the largest k-12 education company in Latin America, Somos Educação.

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