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Cardinal Ventures



Students helping students succeed on their entrepreneurial journeys.

Cardinal Ventures is a startup accelerator on the Stanford campus run by students, for students.

Educate. Mentor. Support.


We run two 10-week long programs of 12-20 teams each every year with the goal of supporting student entrepreneurs at the earliest stage. We connect founders to the Silicon Valley ecosystem, educate them on entrepreneurship, and provide access to mentorship, resources, a network, and strategic advice.

Members of our community represent the following firms:

(amongst others)


student alumni


Founder Demographics


companies graduated

Cardinal Ventures was our formative year packed into 10 weeks. Learnings taken away from the speaker series are still in everyday use, while the relationships that the program helped us build were not only integral to our seed round but will be a key part of our company’s future. Climb aboard while you can.
— Nathaniel Barling, Knowhere. (Fall 2016)


our companies go on to: