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For Immediate Release                                                         

June 4, 2014

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Audrey Ramberg
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Application Deadline for First Stanford/Redwood City
E
ntrepreneurship Boot Camp Closes June 13th
Partnership’s first Boot Camp offers executive education course to Redwood City business leaders who will bring back learnings to the Redwood City community.

Redwood City, Calif. – The application deadline for the Stanford/Redwood City first-ever Entrepreneurship Boot Camp ends Friday, June 13, 2014. Designed by the Stanford Graduate School of Business’s world-renowned Executive Education program, the Boot Camp has been tailored specifically for Redwood City entrepreneurs who will gain knowledge to invest back into their Redwood City businesses and the broader community. The course will be taught by Stanford faculty on the University’s campus during three 2-day modules. The dates for this inaugural Boot Camp are August 26 and 27, 2014, October 28 and 29, 2014, and January 21 and 22, 2015. During these 2-day modules, executives in innovative companies (whether starting up or well-established) will cover the following topics: strategy and organizational design for innovation, managing and financing growth, building innovative brands, communication and the art of persuasion, entrepreneurship and venture capital, and attracting and retaining talent. The Boot Camp is made possible through a development agreement between Redwood City and Stanford and will be offered annually for five years.

The goal is to select a small class of high-caliber participants from a competitive applicant pool who will benefit from and contribute to the classroom experience.  The City will review applications with regard to criteria such as senior executive level experience in Redwood  City-based entrepreneurial organizations (both industry leaders and growing enterprises); potential for economic and job growth in Redwood City; and ability to add value to the overall community in terms of being a good long-term community partner.  Selected candidates will receive the support to advance strategic goals, and develop and retain key talent.

“The Stanford in Redwood City agreement offers our community a unique opportunity to partner with a world-class institution to bring a range of education, workforce development, business attraction, infrastructure and other community benefits to Redwood City,” states Mayor Jeffrey Gee. “We are excited to offer the Boot Camp to support the success of Redwood City businesses.”

The Stanford in Redwood City Boot Camp education cost of $1,250 includes top-notch faculty instruction, an application fee, course materials, breakfasts, and lunches and is about 1/10th of the normal cost of a Stanford executive-level education program which can run upward of $15,000. The fee will be used to support other Stanford programs in Redwood City, which may include additional Boot Camp sessions.

To learn more about the first Stanford/Redwood City Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, please visit http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/exed/rwc/bootcamp.html.

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