In collaboration with the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD), Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) is proud to offer this dynamic in-person educational program that will equip you with the tools, insights, and skills necessary to lead a new generation of unicorn companies.

Acquire unparalleled knowledge: Form a holistic perspective and dive deep into the world’s fastest growing regions: GCC, RCEP, and East Asia as well established markets like the US.

Harness the power of exponential tech: Web 3.0, blockchain, smart manufacturing, AI, rapid prototyping, quantum computing, sustainability and alternative energy.

Construct your global ecosystem: Gain access to a highly curated network of like-minded leaders, investment bodies, government support and highly relevant local resources.

Thrive in today’s world of accelerating change: Receive guidance from professors, industry experts and successful unicorn founders from RCEP to fast-track your business growth in the region.

Next Generation of Unicorn Program - Frontiers in Social Innovation

How can you build a long-term socially innovative and globally responsible unicorn company? What are the skills and expertise needed to scale your startup to achieve global impact? The Next Generation of Unicorn Program — Frontiers in Social Innovation is a dynamic in-person educational program that will equip you with the tools, insights, and skills necessary to lead a new generation of unicorn companies.

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to engage in cross-cultural interactive discussions, work on real-world projects, and collaborate with peers from diverse backgrounds. The program aims to foster the development of leaders equipped to drive meaningful change and impact on the global community and build a strong global network of socially responsible innovators focused on purposeful change and long-term sustainability of business and society.

Why Choose This Program

Top Level Insights from East and West
Learn and engage with world-class faculty from East and West as well as key decision-makers across public and private sectors, influential investors, and global innovators.

Dive into the World's Leading Technology and Innovation Hub
Immerse yourself in the world of Silicon Valley and exchange best practices with entrepreneurs and unicorn founders to supercharge your business with innovative strategies.

Global Innovation Ecosystem
Join a global cohort of accomplished peers who are driving socially responsible growth.

Who Should Attend

This program is tailored for the following organizations and individuals:

  • Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs looking to accelerate their paths toward generating economic and social impact.
  • Investors who want to stay attuned to the next breakthrough technologies and capitalize on the latest mega-trends.
  • Senior Executives in established organizations who are keen to grasp exceptional business opportunities and sustain competitiveness globally.
  • Senior Government Officials, NGO Executives and Public Sector Representatives who are responsible for enhancing regional ecosystems to foster socially responsible unicorns.

Global Unicorn Program Series by CKGSB

With the aim to build a global ecosystem to foster a new generation of unicorns with an enhanced emphasis on global responsibility, social purpose and a long-term perspective, the unicorn programs are tailored to the following organizations and individuals:

Program Information

  • FormatIn-person
  • Date

    Dec 11 - 15, 2023

  • Program Fee

    USD $9,800

    CKGSB Global Innovation Leaders Scholarship - up to 20% off the program fee (speak with our admission office to apply)
  • Location
    Stanford University Campus, California, United States

What Our Professors Say

The purpose of this program is to bring the innovation-driven US model and the disruption-driven China model together to serve the global community, not only for economic advancement and prosperity, for social purpose as well.

XIANG Bing

Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization, CKGSB

https://videos.sproutvideo.com/embed/4d9fdab51b1ae1c3c4/546a81f145de48a3?autoPlay=true

The ESG dimension can be a unique and powerful differentiation for your company.

Zhu Rui

Professor of Marketing, CKGSB

https://videos.sproutvideo.com/embed/449ddcb41c1ae3cecd/29f16b0e658cbd9b?autoPlay=true

SDGs can be a good framework to turn to when companies are devising social-minded strategies.

Zhu Rui

Professor of Marketing, CKGSB

https://videos.sproutvideo.com/embed/ea9ddcb41c1ae3c063/4d73159c96a4d978?autoPlay=true


Academic Directors
  • Founding Dean, Professor of China Business and Globalization, CKGSB

  • Professor, Operations Information and Technology
    Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • Associate Dean for CKGSB Americas, Professor of Management Science, Director of Research Center for Clean Energy and Carbon Neutral Development, CKGSB
  • Fortinet Founders Chair & Professor, Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Topics Include

  • Next Generation of Unicorns and Social Innovation
  • Smart Business Revolution
  • Bottleneck Technologies for Clean Energy
  • Achieving Sustainability Through Innovation
  • Value Chain Innovations to Develop New Business Models
  • Organizing for Good – the Role of Organizations in Society
  • Zone to Win: Organizing to Compete in an Age of Disruption
  • Scaling Globally: Global Entrepreneurship Marketing, Entrepreneurship without Borders, Innovation with a VC Mindset, Building a Responsible Business
CKGSB Faculty
  • Hong CHEN
    Associate Dean for Americas, Professor of Management Science, Director of Research Center for Clean Energy and Carbon Neutral Development, CKGSB
    Dr. Hong Chen is Professor of Management Science at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). He is one of the founding faculty members of CKGSB and the director of the Clean Energy and Carbon Neutral Development Research Center. Prior to joining CKGSB, he held the positions of Alumni Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of British Colombia Sauder School of Business, and Professor of Management Science at Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance. In recent years, his research has focused on clean energy and carbon neutral development, particularly in the fields of investment, technology, and market opportunities in the entire hydrogen value chain. Dr. Hong Chen received his PhD from Stanford University.
  • Bing XIANG
    Founding Dean, Professor of China Business and Globalization, CKGSB
    Dr. Xiang is a leading authority on China business. His insights on the innovations in China, globalization of Chinese companies, China’s development models, global implications of China’s transformation and economic disruption have been widely acclaimed. He serves as an independent board member of a number of companies (including three Fortune Global 500 companies) listed in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United States.
  • Ming ZENG
    Former Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Alibaba Group;

    Former Professor of Strategic Management, CKGSB
    Prof. Zeng served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Alibaba Group Holding Limited. Before joining Alibaba, Prof. Zeng served as the Professor of Strategic Management at CKGSB. Prof. Zeng is a frequent contributor to the world's leading management journals, including Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review and California Management Review.
  • Juliet ZHU
    Professor of Marketing, Director of ESG and Social Innovation Center, CKGSB
    Rui (Juliet) Zhu is Professor of Marketing, Director of the ESG and Social Innovation Center, and Director of the Branding Center, in Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). Prior to joining CKGSB, Juliet was associate professor of marketing, and Canada Research Chair in consumer behavior at the University of British Columbia (BC, Canada) and assistant professor of marketing at Rice University (USA). She received her Ph.D. in Marketing from University of Minnesota in 2003. Prof. Zhu’s research interests center on behavioral science, social innovation, and brand management.
Stanford Faculty
  • Pamela HINDS
    Fortinet Founders Chair and Professor of Management Science & Engineering, Co-Director of the Center on Work, Technology, and Organization, Stanford Engineering
    Pamela J. Hinds is Fortinet Founders Chair and Professor of Management Science & Engineering, Co-Director of the Center on Work, Technology, and Organization and on the Director's Council for the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. She studies the effect of technology on teams, collaboration, and innovation. Pamela has conducted extensive research on the dynamics of cross-boundary work teams, particularly those spanning national borders. She explores issues of culture, language, identity, conflict, and the role of site visits in promoting knowledge sharing and collaboration.
  • Hau L. LEE
    The Thoma Professor of Operations, Information & Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business
    Hau L. Lee is the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His areas of specialization include global value chain innovations, supply chain management, global logistics, inventory modeling, and environmental and social responsibility. He is also the faculty advisor for the Stanford Institute for Innovations in Developing Economies, and is a co-director of the Stanford Value Chain Innovation Initiative. Professor Lee has published widely in journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Supply Chain Management Review, IIE Transactions, and Interfaces, etc.
  • Tom Byers
    Professor of Management Science and Engineering and the Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship, Stanford University
    At Stanford University since 1995, Professor Tom Byers focuses on education regarding high-growth entrepreneurship and technology innovation. He is the first holder of the Entrepreneurship Professorship endowed chair in the School of Engineering and also a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. He has been a faculty director since the inception of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which serves as the entrepreneurship center for the School of Engineering. His current activities at STVP include its Principled Entrepreneurial Action and Knowledge (PEAK) project, its Mayfield Fellows work/study program in entrepreneurial leadership, and its Stanford eCorner collection of thought leader videos and podcasts. He is a co-PI on the Hacking for Defense (H4D) sponsored project for the Office of Naval Research. He was the director and PI of the Epicenter, funded by the National Science Foundation to stimulate entrepreneurship education at all US engineering and science colleges. Tom is a co-author of the Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise textbook from McGraw-Hill, now in its 5th edition.
  • Lynda Kate Smith
    Lecturer, Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University
    Lynda Kate Smith brings over 35 years of experience in marketing, sales and general management across a diverse set of industries and has spent the last 25+ years working in the area of high technology products and services. In her capacity as Chief Marketing Officer for a number of companies including Twilio, Jive, Genpact, Nuance and Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Lynda has owned go-to-market strategy as well the full responsibility for the marketing organization. She has successfully driven product marketing, product management, corporate marketing, field marketing, demand creation, channel marketing, developer outreach, marketing research, strategy development and M&A. She is currently working as a consultant, advisor and/or Board member for a variety of companies ranging from gaming (Unity Technologies) to low code development platforms (Wayscript) to blockchain/smart contracts (Chainlink). She has experience in business-to-business, consumer and developer/platform-focused companies. Her global background is extensive with hands on work in the US, Europe, India, China and other major markets. Lynda has an undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Simpson College and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked with Stanford University for over fifteen years serving as a lecturer in Global Entrepreneurial Marketing in the Engineering School and diverse programs for the Stanford Center for Professional Development.
  • Arvind Karunakaran
    Assistant Professor of Management Science and Engineering,
    Stanford University
    Arvind Karunakaran is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organization for the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. He will be joining Stanford University as an Assistant Professor of Management Science and Engineering starting July 2022. He received his Ph.D. from MIT Sloan School of Management. His research examines the changing nature of work and employment in the wake of technological and organizational changes. His research is published or forthcoming in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and Research Policy.
  • Pedram Mokrian
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University; Managing Director, Ratio Growth Partners, Co-founder – Global Innovation Catalyst
    Pedram’s career has been focused on architecting innovation – helping shape the application of digital technologies and new business models to help transform industries. He is cofounder of Global Innovation Catalyst, and a partner at Ratio Growth, a growth stage equity investment firm. He is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University, where he received his PhD, and is also a frequent speaker at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He advises entrepreneurs and global 1000 companies alike on the topics of entrepreneurship, business model disruption, and technology innovation strategy. He was previously a Principal at Mayfield, one of Silicon Valley’s most storied venture capital firms, where he was part of the investment team with $4B assets under management. He has served as an innovation advisor to a number of start-ups, investment groups, and major corporations including the Texas Medical Center, Vinci, B.Grimm, TOTAL, GE Ventures, EY, MISO, UNICEF, 500 Startups, and others.
  • Robert E. Siegel
    Lecturer, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
    Robert Siegel is a Lecturer in Management and has led primary research and written cases on Google, Charles Schwab, Daimler, AB InBev, Box, Stripe, General Electric, AngelList, 23andMe, CODE2040, Lending Club, Tableau, PayPal, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Autodesk, Minted, Zuora, Axel Springer and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others.


    He is also a General Partner at XSeed Capital and a Venture Partner at Piva. He sits on the Board of Directors of Foxeye Robotics and Avochato. He led investments in Sparta Science, Zooz (acquired by PayU of Naspers - NPN), Hive, Lex Machina (acquired by LexisNexis of the RELX Group - RELX), CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks - PANW), Nova Credit, Disco, The League, Trove, Teapot (acquired by Stripe), Smart Coffee Technology, Pixlee and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest). He also supports other companies such as Citrine Informatics.


    Robert is on the Board of SmartDrive Systems, is a Member of the Supervisory Board of TTTech Auto AG, and is Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech Computertechnik AG in Vienna, Austria. He is a Member of the Industry Advisory Boards for HERE Technologies and Tulco, and is the Co-President Emeritus of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community. Robert has co-authored several articles for the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and is a frequent contributor to Fortune, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Forbes.
  • Melissa Valentine
    Associate Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University
    Melissa Valentine is an Associate Professor at Stanford University in the Management Science and Engineering Department, and co-director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Organization (WTO).


    Prof Valentine's research focuses on understanding how new technologies change work and organizations. She conducts in-depth observational studies to develop new understanding about these changes. Her work makes contributions to understanding classic and longstanding challenges in group and organizational behavior (e.g., the role of hierarchy, structuring expertise and learning) but also brings in deep knowledge of how the rise of information technology has made possible new and different team and organizational forms. Her most recent study examined how the deployment of new algorithms changed the organizational structure of a retail company.


    Prof. Valentine has won awards for both research and teaching. She and collaborators won a Best Paper Award at the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and a Best Paper award at the Academy of Management. She received her PhD from Harvard University.
Industry Speakers
  • Eric Colson
    Advisor and Investor
    Founding Chief Algorithms Officer, Stitch Fix
    Former Vice President of Data Science, Netflix
    Eric Colson is a long-time leader in Data Science and Machine Learning. He was the founding Chief Algorithms Officer at the data science driven ecommerce company, Stitch Fix. Prior to Stitch Fix, Eric was the Vice President of Data Science and Engineering at Netflix, Inc. He is now an advisor and investor to companies in the data science tools & infrastructure space. He also conducts research on how to best organize teams for innovation. Eric holds a B.A. in Economics from San Francisco State University, an M.S. in Information Systems from Golden Gate University, and an M.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
  • Geoffrey Moore
    Geoffrey Moore Consulting,
    Wildcat Venture Partners
    Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker, and advisor who splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Wildcat portfolio and established high-tech enterprises, most recently including Salesforce, Microsoft, Lenovo, Box, Google, F5Networks, and Blackberry.


    Moore’s life’s work has focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, focuses on the challenges start-up companies transitioning from early adopting to mainstream customers. It has sold more than a million copies, and its third edition has been revised such that the majority of its examples and case studies reference companies come to prominence from the past decade. Moore’s most recent work, Zone to Win, addresses the challenge large enterprises face when embracing disruptive innovations, even when it is in their best interests to do so. It’s time to stop explaining why they don’t and start explaining how they can. This has been the basis of much of his recent consulting. Irish by heritage, Moore has yet to meet a microphone he didn’t like and gives between 50 and 80 speeches a year.
About the Organizers

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

Established in Beijing in November 2002, CKGSB is China’s first privately-funded and research-driven business school. The school aims to cultivate transformative business leaders with a global vision, social responsibility, innovative mindset, and the ability to lead with empathy and compassion.

Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD)

SCPD is the global and online education unit within Stanford Engineering and the operator of Stanford Online, the School of Engineering’s portal for academic, professional, and lifelong education offered by schools and centers throughout Stanford University. SCPD has been a leader in global, online, and extended education since 1995, working closely with faculty across Stanford University to design and deliver educational programs to learners worldwide. SCPD extends access to Stanford credit-bearing graduate courses and degrees, credentialed professional and executive education, and lifelong learning to a global audience. Scpd.stanford.edu

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