The Stoa Charter is a certification of competence. The Stoa Charter is awarded to those who demonstrate mastery in applying frameworks to solve substantial business problems.
It is the highest level of academic honour awarded within the Stoa Program, granted only to a few outstanding candidates within any cohort.
The Charter is awarded upon successfully defending proposed solutions to a business problem, before a jury comprising of executives at leading firms.
The process to earn the Charter itself is intense, and we expect original work on the business problems you choose to work on. This process will test your ability to research the markets and the users, make decisions while considering trade-offs and engage in structured thinking to solve a business problem.
Stoa Charterholders consistently get better opportunities and compensation on the job market due to their provable excellence.
Rigour. Perseverance. Pride in the Craft.
That's what the Stoa Charter demands.
Registration for the Charter and topic selection.
1-2 pager with issue tree and project planning.
Market landscaping, primary and secondary research.
Make a deck along with >60% of your solution.
Final deck, financial projections and practice verbal presentation.
2 practise sessions with an industry expert as your jury.
Final presentation of your capstone in front of a jury.
When is the final Charter evaluation conducted?
At the end of the Stoa program. Candidates are eligible for the Charter process upon securing a minimum aggregate of 60% on the mid- and end-term exams held during the program. Once they meet this requirement, they begin the charter process which involves submitting their assignment and completing the jury defence, typically within one month.
How will the output of the Charter project be judged?
External jury members will independently judge the output of the project. You will be cross-examined on the assumptions, the process, the insights and the proposed solutions. The dates for jury day will be disclosed once you sign up for the process.
What is the composition of the jury?
The jury consists of industry experts who have held Director / VP / CXO level designations at corporates and startups. These experts are veterans and functional experts in various fields such as marketing, product, leadership, strategy, and business operations
What happens if I fail the charter exam?
Candidates who do not pass the Stoa charter exam will still receive a program completion certificate and graduate as a Stoa fellow. However, those who pass the charter exam will also be awarded a digital badge and certificate as a Stoa Charterholder. This badge is a symbol of achievement and signifies that the candidate has demonstrated their competence in front of an external jury, placing them among the top performers and merit holders in the Stoa program
How is the Charter evaluation different from the Program exams?
The program's mid-term and end-term exams are conducted in a proctored, written format. They serve as essential checkpoints to test your theoretical understanding across a wide range of topics covered at Stoa. They are evaluated internally. The Charter evaluation consists of tackling a single, complex problem and defending it to an external jury.
How many people earn the Charter?
In the last run, around 50% of the candidates who met the criteria and appeared for the jury examination earned the grade to qualify as a Stoa Charterholder.