From companies that have prospered during their time at Stanford Research Park, to initiatives driven by Stanford University, equity efforts, and more — discover our many facets of success.
Within the Research Park’s emerging Life Science District, the new Alexandria Center for Life Science incubator accelerates innovative life science start-ups that spin out of the University’s academic labs. It serves as the primary location for Stanford faculty to commercialize their R&D.
The incubator was built to meet the specific needs of those working to turn life science discoveries into new technologies, therapies, devices, or treatments. The scientist-entrepreneurs who join the incubator gain access to flexible, move-in-ready lab and office space, as well as strategic programming and seed capital. The facility also offers lab suites for maturing companies. The incubator was intentionally designed to be able to grow with companies and adapt to their changing needs across many stages of growth.
Designed to complement and enhance the Stanford School of Medicine’s existing efforts to turn discoveries into real-world products that can benefit real people, the Center expands Stanford’s vibrant and vital life sciences community. At 3160 Porter Drive, the incubator is a short drive or bike ride from campus to facilitate collaboration between the incubator and those in the medical school. We are thrilled to have the Center—and all its scientist-entrepreneurs—in the SRP community.
This flexibility and proximity to campus greatly benefits Stanford faculty and other entrepreneurs, and provides them with a supportive community and shared resources to facilitate their new ventures.
Silicon Valley is home to numerous accelerators and incubators, but perhaps none is as unique as one located right in the heart of Stanford Research Park: StartX.
StartX is a nonprofit accelerator in Stanford Research Park whose mission is to accelerate the development of Stanford University’s top entrepreneurs. This mentorship-focused enterprise takes zero equity, and of the over 300 companies launched there, 87% are still going strong.
StartX is exceptional by several measures. For example, its founders raise an average $4.5 million in capital. And StartX companies are 3X more likely to reach $100 million in valuation.
However, what truly makes StartX stand out is its business model: StartX operates as a mission-based nonprofit and takes zero equity from the companies that go through its program. Yes, you read that right. Zero equity.
Discover more accomplishments across Stanford Research Park.
Affordable Housing in SRP
Located on a 1.8-acre site at 2500 El Camino Real, the 70-unit property offers apartment homes to low- and moderate-income residents so that a diverse range of community members continue to be able to live in Palo Alto.
When PARC opened its doors in Stanford Research Park in 1970, it revolutionized the way companies innovate. By creating an environment that fosters collaboration, the pace of invention was accelerated unlike any other lab in the country.
In 2023, Tesla—which has spearheaded the electric vehicle revolution—announced they would locate their global engineering and AI headquarter in Stanford Research Park.
Ford Motor Company
With more than 100 researchers, engineers and scientists on staff at its Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, Ford has one of the largest automotive research centers in Silicon Valley.
Founded in 1966, HP Labs’ headquarters in Palo Alto is located just a few miles from the famous HP Garage that is known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley.