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Who should attend
- Established CEOs or founders of companies or market-driven social enterprises with an annual revenue between US $300,000 and US $15 million, who want to grow and scale their businesses and positively impact their communities.
- Entrepreneurs from any industry, but must be based in Africa, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, or Sri Lanka.
About the course
Learn how to grow and scale your company in this year-long online 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 are required to grow and scale? How can the success of your business help to lead your region to prosperity?
The Seed Transformation Program is the answer. It is a comprehensive yearlong program that includes six months of immersive general-management training in Nairobi, Kenya, led by Stanford GSB faculty and supported by trained local facilitators. The ultimate goal: to create a detailed action plan to help you grow and scale your company.
Throughout the yearlong experience, you will work in small peer groups called Leadership Labs to share experiences, resources, ideas, and support. Participants may also apply to receive high touch coaching upon completion of the STP curriculum.
Develop the skills, tools, and mindset to grow and scale your business and positively impact your community.
- Gain essential business and leadership skills, from strategy and finance to marketing and sales, all taught by world-renowned Stanford faculty and local business practitioners.
- Bring up to five of your senior managers on this transformation journey to facilitate buy-in, implementation, and impact.
- Take advantage of a world-class curriculum from Stanford GSB and the innovative thinking that has shaped some of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley.
- Create a transformation plan, a detailed action plan to grow and scale your business.
- Develop relationships with like-minded leaders to share experiences and develop an ongoing peer-to-peer support network.
- Participate online from the convenience of your home or office with a schedule designed for busy business owners.
Innovation. Entrepreneurship. Leadership. The Seed Transformation Program focuses on all three.
Through a rigorous curriculum, facilitated in-company workshops, and a community of like-minded leaders, you will gain the strategic skills, methodologies, and mindsets to transform your business and your community.
The Stanford GSB approach is highly interactive. Unlike a traditional classroom, this yearlong program will have you out of your seat, collaborating with peers, brainstorming ideas, and learning by doing.
During four one-week sessions that take place over the course of the first eight months, you will work with Stanford faculty to explore topics ranging from leadership, strategy, and business ethics to accounting, marketing, and value chain innovations. The ultimate goal: to create your company’s transformation plan, a detailed action plan for your business with concrete steps to help you grow and scale over the next three to five years.
In between sessions, a Seed facilitator will lead in-company workshops to help you gain buy-in with your team; the facilitator will also provide ongoing support for your small peer groups, called Leadership Labs. At the end of the six months, you will present your transformation plan to Seed staff and your peers.
The all-online program, which is spread out over a period of one year, will include both live and recorded learning sessions. The program schedule is subject to change.
Part 1: Assess Your Foundation (Months 1 – 3) Strategy
- Organizational Design
- Leadership and Team Building
- Business Model Canvas
Part 2: Stress-Test Your Finances and Operations (Months 4 – 5)
- Value Chain Innovations
Part 3: Identify Your Growth Opportunities and
- Strategy (Months 6 – 7)
- Product Innovation and Design Thinking
Part 4: Build Your Growth Plan (Months 8 – 12)
- Managerial Performance Measurement
- Human Resources
- Corporate Governance
- Finance and Investing
Live Online Classes and Pre-Recorded Sessions
The STP curriculum will help you gain essential business and leadership skills, from strategy and finance to marketing and sales, all taught by world-renowned Stanford faculty and business experts. It’s a unique opportunity to learn the innovative thinking that has shaped some of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley.
Led by Seed staff — experienced local business leaders and facilitators — these workshops will help you and your team apply learning across your company and help you generate buy-in to achieve company growth.
Throughout the year-long experience, you will work virtually in small, facilitated peer groups called Leadership Labs to share experiences, resources, ideas, and support.
Following the conclusion of the structured curriculum, you will present and implement your transformation plan and continue to meet with your leadership lab. After presenting your transformation plan, you will receive a certificate of completion from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Seed Transformation Network
Following completion of STP, you can stay engaged with Stanford Seed. Together with over 1,000 current and former participants, you will become part of the Seed Transformation Network.
- Ongoing peer leadership groups
- Tactical training workshops
- Regional and Seed-wide networking events
- Pro bono, project-based consultants
- Subsidized leadership coaches
- Stanford student interns
- Participation in an annual survey to measure and benchmark your progress
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