Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students

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The Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES) is a student group at Stanford University focusing on business and entrepreneurial activities. One of the largest student-run entrepreneurship organizations in the world, BASES' mission is to promote entrepreneurship education at Stanford University and to empower student entrepreneurs by bringing together the worlds of entrepreneurship, academia, and industry. BASES organizes the flagship 150K Challenge, Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders' Seminar, the SVI Hackspace, E-Bootcamp, and the Freshman Battalion.[1][2]

BASES was founded in 1996 by a group of five Stanford engineers. The organization works in partnership with Silicon Valley's venture capitalists and law firms to provide a variety of entrepreneurial services to Stanford students.[3]


BASES hosts two annual business plan competitions, one catering to for-profit startups (E-Challenge) and the other for social ventures (Social E-Challenge). It hosts a third, concurrent product showcase competition for product prototypes. A total of $150,000 is awarded each year in these competitions. Entirely student-managed, the competition attracts students from all programs and levels at Stanford. Teams must include at least one full-time Stanford student, but participation is not restricted to the Stanford community. Past winners include:[4][5]

School year Team Place Description
2009–2010 NanoLabs E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner A device for mobile on-site protein identification.
2009–2010 Avanti Fellows Social E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner Fellowship for underprivileged students in India
2008–2009 Hemor-X E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner A surgical device for non-invasive hemorrhage repair.
2008–2009 re:motion designs Social E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner (Tie) $20 prosthetic knee
2008–2009 Respira Design Social E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner (Tie) Low-cost device for effective delivery of asthma medication to children
2007–2008 Logimend E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner Technology for rapid suturing.
2007–2008 Embrace Social E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner Low-cost infant warmer
2007–2008 Samasource Social E-Challenge 2nd Place Winner Socially responsible outsourcing
2006–2007 D.light Social E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner Affordable solar lanterns
2005–2006 Ekho Technologies E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner
2005–2006 One Acre Fund Social E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner Improving farming value chain
2004–2005 Adaptive Hearing Solutions E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner
2003–2004 Microdrop E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner
2002–2003 VisiVas E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner
2001–2002 Voltage Security (Identicrypt) E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner Security Software. Acquired by HP in 2015 [6]
2001–2002 Jozoor Microfinance Social E-Challenge Grand Prize Winner Microfinance institution for Palestinian entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship bootcamp[edit]

BASES hosts a five-day conference for 100 students at Stanford University. E-Bootcamp includes pitching and design workshops, marketing initiatives, media rundowns, sector-specific critiquing and mentoring sessions with industry leaders. Attendees present their business plans and products in a competitive environment, including a product showcase and pitch competition, attended by investors. The four top-performing entrepreneurs receive a prize. E-Bootcamp is partnered with Sequoia Capital and New Enterprise Associates.

Speaker series[edit]

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders is a class in the Management Science and Engineering department jointly hosted by BASES, the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), and the Stanford Center for Professional Development. The weekly lecture series exposes Stanford students to insights from entrepreneurs, investors, CEOs, and innovators from Silicon Valley.[7] Guest speakers in the past have included Larry Page, John Doerr, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Ballmer.[8]


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  7. ^, Dr. Larry Brilliant to Present at BASES ETL
  8. ^ Archived 2007-07-07 at the Wayback Machine, BASES ETL Speakers

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