Learn how to grow and scale your company in this 10-month program ​for CEOs and founders of established businesses in Africa and South Asia.

How can you bring Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurship to your company? What management skills, tools, and mindsets are required to grow and scale? How can you stop working IN your business and spend more time working ON it?

The Seed Transformation Program is the answer.

Designed specifically for business owners and your senior management team, this in-person and online program is led by Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty, local experts, and supported by Stanford-trained advisors. You’ll participate in both face-to-face and remote class sessions and workshops to gain the strategic skills, methods, and mindsets to transform yourself, your team, your business and your community.

The ultimate goal is to create and activate a detailed action plan to help you grow your company. Throughout the experience, you will work in small, facilitated peer groups called Leadership Labs to share experiences, resources, ideas, and support. A Stanford business advisor will guide you and provide on-site training at your company

Upon conclusion, you will earn a certificate of completion from Stanford Graduate School of Business and join the Seed Transformation Network to connect and collaborate with other founders. You’ll also have access to seasoned executives, who serve as leadership coaches and pro bono project consultants, as well as Stanford student interns who are available to work with your company.

Key Benefits

Develop the skills, tools, and mindset to grow and scale your business and positively impact your community.

  • Develop the skills, tools, and mindset to grow and scale your business using the world-class curriculum and innovative insights of Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Attend in-person and online classes and workshops with a schedule designed for busy business owners
  • Bring your management team along throughout your learning journey to facilitate buy-in, implementation, and impact
  • Partner with a Stanford business advisor who will support you and your team as you apply new tools and frameworks to your own business
  • Develop relationships with like-minded leaders to share experiences and develop an ongoing peer-to-peer support network 
  • Create a transformation plan – a detailed action plan to grow and scale your business
  • Receive a certificate of completion from the Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Upon program conclusion, access Stanford coaches, consultants, and student interns to help you implement your growth plan
  • Become a member of the Seed Transformation Network, a group of over 1,000 peers from 30 countries, for continued engagement and learning

Who Should Attend?

This program is for CEOs or founders of established companies or market-driven social enterprises with annual revenue between US $300,000 and US $15 million, who want to grow and scale their businesses and positively impact their communities. 

We welcome applicants from most industries. Your primary operations must be based in Africa or South Asia.

 

Africa | Jan – Nov 2024

In-Person and Online | US $7,500 (VAT inclusive)

Deadline

The deadline to apply is 15 May 2023.

The application will be open 1 Mar – 15 May 2023.

Thanks to the generosity of founding donors Robert “Bob” King (MBA ’60) and Dorothy “Dottie” King, and many others, this program is offered to you at a fraction of its actual cost. In Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, the cost of the program has been subsidized in part by the De Beers Group.

In addition, scholarships of up to 60% of the program fee are available to smaller enterprises, women founders, and social entrepreneurs. Scholarship applications will be provided upon request to applicants who advance to the interview stage.

Fee includes value-added tax. 

 

Program Schedule

Part 1 | Assess Your Foundations

Part 2 | Stress Test Your Finances and Operations

Part 3 | Identify Your Growth Opportunities and Strategy

Part 4 | Build and Present Your Growth Plan

* The program schedule is subject to change.

South Asia | Jan – Nov 2024

In-Person and Online | INR $6,50,000 (VAT Exclusive)

Deadline

The deadline to apply is 15 May 2023.

The application will be open 1 Mar – 15 May 2023.

Thanks to the generosity of founding donors Robert “Bob” King (MBA ’60) and Dorothy “Dottie” King, and many others, this program is offered to you at a fraction of its actual cost.

In addition, scholarships of up to 60% of the program fee are available to smaller enterprises, women founders, and social entrepreneurs. Scholarship applications will be provided upon request to applicants who advance to the interview stage.

Fee excludes applicable taxes.

 

Program Schedule

Session 1 | Assess Your Foundations

Session 2 | Stress Test Your Finances and Operations

Session 3 | Identify Your Growth Opportunities and Strategy

Session 4 | Build and Present Your Growth Plan

* The program schedule is subject to change.

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