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
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
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.