Stanford Seed partners under their Seed Transformation Program (STP) support entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives. This is a year-long, online part-time intensive leadership program for CEOs/founders of established businesses. The program offers CEOs and their teams skills and tools to drive growth and innovation in their companies. Participants are also challenged to refine their strategy and value proposition and to then set a course for scalable growth and impact.


How will the successful applicants benefit?

Successful applicants will work virtually in small, facilitated peer groups called Leadership Labs. Here they will share experiences, resources and ideas. After completing the program, they earn a certificate of completion from Stanford GSB Executive Education. Other benefits will include;

  • Gaining essential business and leadership skills
  • Bringing up to five senior managers on this transformation journey
  • Joining the Seed Transformation Network
  • Access to seasoned executives as pro bono project consultants
  • Availability of Stanford student interns to work with the companies


Who is eligible to Apply?

Applicants must:

  1. Be a CEO or founder of a company or market-driven social enterprise
  2. Have registered business in Africa
  3. Lead a company with a strong value proposition and potential to grow
  4. Have an annual revenue between US $300,000 and US $15 million
  5. Have a management team of at least two people in addition to the CEO or founder


Educational Requirements

There are no specific educational requirements.

Timeline: Sep 2021 – Oct 2022

Fees: US $5,000 (COVID-19 Discounted Price)

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 Your Growth Plan

Deadline for application: 15 April 2021

Application Process

Admission to the Seed Transformation Program is very competitive. An admissions committee will assess all completed applications based on the program’s criteria for admission. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend you apply early.

How to Apply

You must fill out and submit the application online.

The application form is available here.

For details please contact:

Program Manager East Africa on; +254 (0) 72 859 4042 or