Seed Transformation Program

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business


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Who should attend

  • A CEO/founder of a for-profit company or for-profit social enterprise who wants to grow and scale their companies, thereby creating jobs, products, or services that benefit those living in poverty
  • From a company with annual revenue between US $150,000 and US $15 million that is based in East Africa

About the course

Gain management training and networking support in this leadership program for established business leaders

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.

Key Benefits

Develop the skills, tools, and mindset to grow and scale your business, create jobs, and lead your region to greater prosperity.

  • Gain essential business and leadership skills, from strategy and finance to business ethics and design thinking, all taught by world-renowned Stanford faculty, and local business practitioners.
  • 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 an action plan to grow and scale your business.
  • Get support from trained local facilitators to help you introduce what you’ve learned to your company and promote buy-in.
  • Develop relationships with like-minded leaders to share experiences and develop an ongoing peer-to-peer support network.


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 program schedule is subject to change.

Months 1 – 10

Build Your Strategy

  • Strategy
  • Organizational design
  • Leadership and team building
  • Business Model Canvas

Know Your Company

  • Accounting
  • Operations
  • Value chain innovation

Know Your Product and Customers

  • Product innovation and design thinking
  • Marketing
  • Business ethics

Develop Your Plan

  • Corporate governance
  • Finance and investing
  • Managerial Performance Measurement
  • Human resources

Intersession Activities

The STP curriculum is designed to give you tools and tactics so that you can put into practice at your company the theories and frameworks you learned in the classroom. To help you achieve this, STP also facilitates in-company workshops and Leadership Lab meetings.

Facilitated In-Company Workshops

Led by Seed staff — experienced local business leaders and facilitators — these workshops will help you introduce new ideas and learning across your company and help you generate buy-in to achieve company growth.

Months 10 – 12

Following the final immersion week, you will implement your transformation plan and continue to meet with your Leadership Lab.

After the Program

STP participants continue to stay engaged with Stanford Seed. Together with current and former participants, you will become part of the Seed Transformation Network. Among the benefits:

  • You will be invited to participate in ongoing peer leadership groups, tactical training workshops, networking events, and other programs, and will continue to get support from Stanford Seed consultants and Stanford students.
  • Network members are often invited to share the experiences of their own transformation journeys with incoming cohorts.


Hau Lee

Research Statement Hau Lee’s research focuses on value chain innovations to develop new business models and networks for value creation through effective management of the value chain. His works spans both global enterprises in developed and emerging countries, as well as entrepreneurs in develo...

Neil Malhotra

Bio Neil Malhotra is the Edith M. Cornell Professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Political Science. He serves as the Louise and Claude N. Rosenberg, Jr. Co-Director of the Center for Soci...

Paul Pfleiderer

Research Statement Paul Pfleiderer’s early research was primarily focused on issues arising in financial markets when traders are asymmetrically informed. In pursuing that research he developed theoretical models that analyze how information is incorporated in prices through trading and how info...

Ron Kasznik

Research Statement Ron Kasznik’s research focuses on examining the strategic use of accounting and financial information by market participants, particularly firm managers. Within this broad area, he focuses primarily on issues related to the provision of financial and non-financial information,...

Jonathan Levav

Research Statement Jonathan Levav studies consumer behavior and behavioral decision theory. He combines laboratory and field experiments, as well as secondary data analysis, in order to study the factors that influence people's choices and judgments. His research on choice focuses on three inter...

Joseph Piotroski

Research Statement Professor Joseph Piotroski’s research primarily focuses on financial reporting issues. Within this broad area, his research focuses on how capital market participants use financial accounting information for valuation and risk assessment purposes, how financial, legal, regulat...

Brian Lowery

Research Statement Professor Lowery's research seeks to extend knowledge of individuals' experience of inequality and fairness. His work suggests that individuals distinguish between inequalities framed as advantage as opposed to disadvantage. This finding affects how individuals perceive inequa...

Stephen Anderson

Research Statement Steve’s research focuses on the role of marketing and entrepreneurship in emerging markets. In particular, he is interested in solutions that can enhance the productivity and performance of entrepreneurs running small firms. Most of Steve’s work uses randomized-controlled tria...

Shai Bernstein

Research Interests Corporate Finance Entrepreneurial Finance Academic Degrees PhD in Business Economics, Harvard University, 2012 MA, Financial Economics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2007 BA, Mathematics and Economics, Ben Gurion University, 2005 Academic Appointments Associate Prof...

Peter Francis

Teaching Statement Peter Francis teaches S512, “The Yin and Yang of Family Business Transitions,” a course that delves into the dynamics inherent in all family-owned enterprises. He has been involved in family businesses for his entire life on both sides of his family. He personally completed a ...

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