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June 15, 2018
How a Ghanaian entrepreneur stitched together a clothing company that employs and houses homeless women.
SEED transformation participant, Linda Ampah | Gabriela Hasbun
May 2, 2018
This year's Tapestry Award winner swore to return to Africa to help alleviate its poverty. Stanford Seed gave him that chance.
Clinton Etheridge | Photo by ToniBird Photography
November 30, 2017
Business leaders across India gather to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and transform their companies.
Seed India Facilitator Harish Arnezath with a participant
November 15, 2017
The challenge of running a health food company in a country where being overweight is a sign of success.
Tara Gitau | Photo by Anastasiia Sapon
August 17, 2017
Silicon Valley-based university continues to expand global program offerings with new partnership with De Beers Group.
Stanford Seed coach, Tom Davis with general manager Emmanuel Ntim of Fon Packaging Ventures
May 15, 2017
Participants get an on-the-ground view of businesses and the impact of the Stanford Seed Transformation Program during a 2017 faculty study trip.
Fishing village of Elmina in Ghana | Liz Walker
May 9, 2017
More than 500 business leaders have participated in a program designed to support greater economic prosperity through leadership and innovation training.
Bijesh Shah of SteelWool Africa in a breakout session of the Seed Transformation Program
April 12, 2017
Researchers collaborate with the Indian government to provide children with fortified rice in an effort to reduce alarming rates of anemia and malnutrition.
Indian vendors set up bags of grains and spices along the roadway in the outdoor spice market, located in the old part of the city. | iStock/BDphoto
April 12, 2017
Can teaching better management skills improve the lives of workers?
Two men work in small underwear factory in Dharavi slum | Shutterstock/Paul Prescott
January 9, 2017
Inside Stanford GSB’s ambitious venture to lift people out of poverty.
Workers drying spent brewery grain for poultry feed at Nation Feeders in Nigeria.
December 15, 2016
Stanford Seed intern Musila Munuve makes a lasting impact by tackling big projects at a mobile technology company.
SEED intern Musila Munuve
October 31, 2016
Stanford Seed Intern Michelle Gatonye gains invaluable experience as she delivers an expansion strategy for House of Tara.
A group of seed interns
August 24, 2016
Stanford Seed Intern Mai Tran’s talents and adaptability are put to the test as she develops a plan to introduce peritoneal dialysis to Nigeria.
Stanford Seed intern Mai Tran with the ADCEM employees
June 9, 2016
Meet Ciiru Waweru, incoming Seed Transformation Program participant and founder of Funkidz, a Kenyan company that creates children’s furniture.
Ciiru Waweru, founder and owner of Funkidz designs
June 9, 2016
Following the launch of Stanford Seed East Africa, participants, staff and faculty share their thoughts and impressions.
Streets in East Africa
May 15, 2016
Stanford Seed intern and electrical engineer Amal El-Ghazaly lends her talents to the company’s most immediate needs and learns a real-life lesson.
Amal El-Ghazaly with fellow Psaltry workers.
May 12, 2016
Dinesh Tembhekar, managing director of Lean Energy Solutions, shares his hopes as he prepares to join the inaugural cohort of the Seed Transformation Program in East Africa.
Dinesh Tembhekar, MD of Lean Energy Solutions
May 5, 2016
Stanford Seed, which enables business owners to lead their regions to greater prosperity, launches in Kenya.
Two men consulting at an African country's construction site.
April 6, 2016
A change in the law could extend electricity to millions of people.
An illustration of a map of India with small electric grids | Stefani Billings
April 6, 2016
Stanford Seed intern Ronnie Washington learns what it really means to be an entrepreneur while helping a Ghana-based company grow.
Ronnie Washington was awarded $110,000 as a Stanford Social Innovation Fellow to build his social enterprise,
January 20, 2016
The quality of ideas produced through networking may depend on the personality types of those interacting.
A confidant woman leads a group discussion | iStock/pixdeluxe
January 11, 2016
Jim Yong Kim talks about how audacious goals bring real change.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says focusing on health care will help improve the lives of the world's poorest. | REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
September 22, 2015
Workers who feel a sense of belonging stay in their jobs longer.
A woman hanging dyed yarn to dry at a textile mill on the outskirts of Agartala | Reuters/Jayanta Dey
August 19, 2015
The founder of a U.S. construction company spent a year coaching West African business leaders. Here’s what he taught them.
A photo in Ghana of businessman A photo of Richard Fadiora with SEED coaches Andrew Meade and Robert Mayberry
June 10, 2015
In Kenya, a Stanford researcher shows that ethnic diversity can spur productivity.
 Officials at a vote-counting center in Nairobi, Kenya | Reuters/Karel Prinsloo
June 1, 2015
Nigerian cosmetics firm created incentives and strategic performance system to expand business globally.
Tara Fela-Durotoye
June 1, 2015
SystemSpecs aims to expand across African continent.
DeRemi Atanda
January 30, 2015
Stanford scholars discuss their experiences in the field.
A woman in Mumbai. | Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
January 16, 2015
Four Stanford scholars share the most important lessons they’ve learned in the field.
A researcher standing in a field. | Reuters/Baz Ratner
December 15, 2014
Prince Kofi Amoabeng explains how he went from the timber business to upending Ghana’s industry of small business loans.
Prince Kofi Amoabeng, CEO of UT Bank Ghana | Saul Bromberger
June 18, 2014
Global Development and Poverty Initiative money builds on 22 awards funded by Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies.
April 9, 2014
Applications accepted through June 13, 2014.
March 15, 2014
ACT suggested several models for how Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) could structure alumni volunteers to coach and mentor local executives in the field.
African entrepreneurs gather together to celebrate the work they have done with SEED.
February 21, 2014
$10 million grant program is part of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies.
February 5, 2014
By making key changes to the normal supply chain supporting tourism, a group of researchers look to alleviate rural poverty.
Tourists photograph a costumed flutist in Luoping, Yunnan Province (National Geographic Creative photo by George Steinmetz)
October 22, 2013
Research in Sierra Leone offers insights into how to help voters elect better leaders, dampen ethnic rivalries, and strengthen democracy.
At a polling station in Freetown, Sierra Leone, a woman casts her ballot for president in the November 2012 elections.
June 18, 2013
Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Seed) initiates in-country efforts to help scale high-potential enterprises, create jobs.
May 1, 2013
Grant created to encourage African citizens with a commitment to the continent's development to pursue an MBA at Stanford.
October 2, 2012
A collaboration with Endeavor Global helps high-impact entrepreneurs build their skills.
August 21, 2012
Tralance Addy named SEED executive director.
May 9, 2012
A group of scholars, students, and business and nonprofit leaders say yes, but it requires "a thoughtful, systemic approach."
Monument to Change with green and blue flip digits
March 25, 2012
Robert, MBA ’74, and Elizabeth Jeffe endowed the Robert A.and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Professorship at Stanford GSB to support and encourage faculty members working in developing countries and healthcare.
March 22, 2012
Katherine August-deWilde, MBA ’75, and David deWilde, Sloan ’84, endowed a chair to support a faculty member working on entrepreneurship in developing economies.
A team of Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordabiilty field tests the RiceRunner, a fertilizer applicator, in Cambodia
March 19, 2012
Researchers share results and ideas for tackling extreme poverty through innovations in institutions, management, and technology
Monument to Change with red and orange flip digits
March 19, 2012
Stanford students and faculty partner with Kenyan organizations to reduce urban poverty through novel applications of mobile phone technology.
March 1, 2012
Robert King, MBA ’60, and his wife, Dottie, have committed $150 million to create the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, housed at Stanford GSB.
Robert and Dottie King, MBA ’60
March 1, 2012
In 2012, Stanford University concluded an unprecedented five-year campaign that positioned the school to address a range of challenges in the global economy.
Knight Management Center
February 7, 2012
Mountain Hazelnuts of Bhutan aims for a triple bottom line: alleviating poverty, restoration of landscape, and gain for investors.
Monument to Change with red and orange flip digits