Seed is a Stanford GSB-led initiative that’s working to end the cycle of global poverty.
We partner with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives.
The Seed Transformation Program brings the power of innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership to established businesses and their leaders — on the ground, in their communities. We’ve started in Africa, but our goal is to expand to developing economies throughout the world. When they have access to our general management training, coaching, and networking support, business leaders can begin to lead their regions to greater prosperity.
As part of an educational institution, we are dedicated to inspiring the next generation of globally engaged leaders. Through internships at Seed Transformation Program companies, we are introducing students to the challenges and opportunities of doing business in developing and emerging economies.
Seed believes in the power and potential of research to improve the lives of the world’s poor. That’s why we’re collaborating with the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy and Research to support and fund the Stanford King Center on Global Development. The Center brings together faculty and students from across the university — all schools and institutes — to develop profound insights that can lead to breakthrough solutions to alleviate global poverty.
As the leading research university with a pioneering culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, Stanford is uniquely positioned to bring together faculty, students, and alumni to help solve one of the most pressing issues of our time: global poverty. Our faculty are inspired by the challenge. And our staff, students, and alumni are motivated to make a difference.
Fundamentally, we believe that business is one of the most powerful engines of change in developing economies — and that the innovative and entrepreneurial mindset that we foster at Stanford can be leveraged to change lives, organizations, and the world.