Seed Transformation Program Application for Admission 2023

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Stanford Seed partners with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives.

The Seed Transformation Program (STP) is a year-long, part-time intensive leadership program for CEOs/founders of established businesses. Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty and other experts deliver strategy sessions for CEOs and their management teams, in which leaders learn and apply skills, tools, and mindsets to drive growth and innovation. CEOs and their management team members will be challenged to refine their strategy and value proposition, and set a course for scalable growth and impact.  During and after the STP, leaders will network with approximately 1,000 entrepreneurs from across Africa and South Asia - joining current and past participants.

Covid policy: The program will include both in-person and online components.  Any in-person components may be shifted online if health conditions do not permit in-person delivery. A reliable and strong internet connection will be required to derive maximum value from the program.

Minimum qualifications for admission: 
  • You are the key decision-maker or owner/co-owner of your company 
  • Your management team includes at least two other people 
  • Your company’s annual revenue for the last fiscal year was between $300,000 and $15,000,000 USD
We seek a diverse mix of leaders with a transformation mindset, and both commercially driven and impact focused enterprises.  There are no 'correct answers' in this application.

Confidentiality policy: Your data will remain confidential, and will not be individually shared with any parties outside Stanford University. Stanford shall be entitled to use confidential information in connection with research and teaching activities as long as it protects the identity of the applicant.
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Commercial - primarily profit driven. 
Socially conscious commercial - profit driven with a general commitment to social and/or environmental responsibility and stewardship.
Social enterprise - an organization whose primary purpose is to solve a social or environmental problem through a market-driven approach.
Not for profit - an organization that does not earn profits for its owners.



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We cannot evaluate your application without this information. We will be validating this information before admission to the program, so please complete as accurately as possible. Your data will remain confidential, and will not be individually shared with any parties outside Stanford University.


In the currency selected above, what were your company's revenues for the following fiscal years, are those financials audited, and what was your profit before taxes? 
Please enter only numbers, with no
commas or decimals.
Profit before tax is a measure that looks at a company’s profits before the company has to pay income tax. It essentially is all of a company’s profits without the consideration of any taxes.

Profit before tax can be found on the income statement as operating profit minus interest. Profit before tax is the value used to calculate a company’s tax obligation. It may also be referred to as earnings before tax.
Please enter only numbers, with no
commas or decimals.
Profit before tax is a measure that looks at a company’s profits before the company has to pay income tax. It essentially is all of a company’s profits without the consideration of any taxes.

Profit before tax can be found on the income statement as operating profit minus interest. Profit before tax is the value used to calculate a company’s tax obligation. It may also be referred to as earnings before tax.
Please enter only numbers, with no
commas or decimals.
Profit before tax is a measure that looks at a company’s profits before the company has to pay income tax. It essentially is all of a company’s profits without the consideration of any taxes.

Profit before tax can be found on the income statement as operating profit minus interest. Profit before tax is the value used to calculate a company’s tax obligation. It may also be referred to as earnings before tax.




Please enter only a number, with no commas or decimals.

(equity investment is money received in return for some portion of ownership)
(debt should not include any personal debt obtained on behalf of the business)
(grants includes any seed grants, awards, donations, or other philanthropy)














How many paid employees does your company have in total? Please include all locations/branches.


(By independent, we mean people who are not the company officers, not company founders/owners, and do not have familial ties to the company)
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As the strategic decision-maker, you and your management team members will participate in the different elements the Seed Transformation Program - some for CEOs only, others for CEOs and teams together. As the STP is a program focused on leaders, teams and firms, having a management team of 3 (including you) is a minimum requirement to participate in the Program. Please tell us about your key management/leadership team members and which key function they manage.





# of yrs. NOT A YEAR

Reminder: a minimum of two management team members (other than you) is required for admission.
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Stanford Seed encourages well-written responses to the following questions to facilitate our evaluation of your application.














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