In collaboration with the African Management Institute, this six-month program helps entrepreneurs of small, growing companies in Africa to drive business growth.

Creating a business is hard work. And growing it requires even more effort, acumen, and resilience. Aspire provides the practical skills and tactical strategies entrepreneurs need. It’s a six-month online program to help you formalize your business structures and professionalize your operations to drive business growth and reach your ambitious long-term goals.

Stanford Seed is collaborating with the African Management Institute to offer this essential business program to entrepreneurs and their senior leaders. Through interactive virtual workshops, practical online tools, peer-group learning, and video courses, including a lecture by Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty, you’ll not only strengthen your strategic management skills, but also gain the confidence to lead and thrive.

Key Benefits

  • Learn proven business practices, practical tools, and leadership skills to drive growth, create jobs, acquire talent, and diversify revenue streams.
  • Increase your confidence and resilience to overcome barriers and keep pushing to reach long-term growth goals.
  • Build a Pan-African support network of like-minded business owners to share experiences with and enhance your learning.
  • Attend with up to two senior leaders to facilitate buy-in, implementation, and impact.
  • Participate online from the convenience of home or office with a schedule designed for busy entrepreneurs.
  • Upon program conclusion, access additional mentorship support from an experienced entrepreneur or business leader.

Who Should Attend?

CEO, Managing Director, Owner, or Founder of small- and medium-sized businesses based in Africa with:

  • at least three full-time employees and one to seven years of operations
  • revenue between US $20,000 and US $400,000 in one of the last two financial years

March 2024

Online | US $650 per business (VAT inclusive)

Payment & Scholarship Information

The program fee covers three team members (the business owner plus two other senior leaders). Fee includes value-added tax.

Scholarships of up to 75% are available to qualifying businesses courtesy of Stanford Seed.

Scholarship applications will be provided upon request to applicants.

Program Schedule

Phase 1 | Get Set Up for Growth

Phase 2 | Lead for Growth

Phase 3 | Identify Growth Opportunities

Phase 4 | Financial Analysis

Phase 5 | Build Talent Pipeline

Phase 6 | Plan for Growth

*The program schedule is subject to change.

The Aspire Business Growth Program

The Aspire Business Growth Program

Hear from past participants about how the Aspire program helped them develop practical skills and strategies to grow their businesses.

Learn More About the Program

Explore the six-month curriculum specifically designed for CEOs and founders of small, growing companies.

Learn about ideal participants for the program and the time commitment required.

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