participant profile

The Seed Transformation Program is specifically designed for leaders of established businesses — not early-stage entrepreneurs. We’re looking for CEOs or founders of companies and market-driven social enterprises — in businesses ranging from agriculture to IT — who want to capitalize on what they’ve already created … and take it to the next level.

Who Should Attend

  • CEOs and founders of companies and for-profit social enterprises who want to grow and scale their businesses and positively impact their communities
  • Companies, from any industry, that have an annual revenue between US $300,000 and US $15 million and are headquartered, legally registered, and currently operating in Africa, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, or Sri Lanka

Participant Commitment

  • CEO/Founder: Participate in all online sessions with Stanford faculty, local experts, and Business Transformation Advisors. Join in a series of leadership labs (meetings with fellow company leaders from the program) throughout the year. Virtual, in-person elements may be added if the health and safety situation improves. (Approx. five to eight hours per week)
  • Managers: Your senior management team (up to five members) participates in select online sessions and discussion groups. (Approx. two to four hours per week)
  • In between class sessions, you and your team work together, supported by several facilitated workshops, to apply concepts and frameworks to your company and then design and implement your company-wide transformation plan.

The program is open to companies in all industries. The following sectors have been represented in past cohorts:

  • Agriculture and food processing
  • Construction, civil engineering, and real estate
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Health care
  • Information and communications technologies
  • Retail and product manufacturing
  • Tourism
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Water and sanitation
Making a Difference
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Making a Difference
Wandia Gichuru, founder and CEO of Vivo Activewear, a women’s fashion brand in Kenya, hopes to inspire the next generation of women in business.
Back from the Ashes
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Back from the Ashes
Ramji of Norda Industries reflects on the struggles of operating a business and shares the unique brand of impact he hopes to have on the world.