Share Your Expertise.

Consult with Stanford Seed.

Want to make an impact with your business expertise? Eager to give back?

Volunteer as a pro bono Stanford Seed Consultant and help entrepreneurs in Africa and South Asia solve their most pressing business challenges. It’s remote, rewarding, and only requires two to three hours per week. Seed is a Stanford Graduate School of Business-led initiative working to end the cycle of global poverty by providing training and support to entrepreneurs in emerging economies.

Make an Impact.
2 – 3 hours
a Week
Project Length
1 – 6 months
Your Home or Office
Pro Bono

Being a Seed Consultant allows me to give and to learn at the same time. I can share my knowledge and experience with very open people, who are welcoming support and new insights. I have been exposed to a world that I did not know and that has enriched my life, through wonderful connections with leaders and their organizations. I have learned what it means to translate sophisticated theories and concepts into simple, agile, and flexible tools and processes that can be easily implemented. This role fulfills me personally, professionally and it allows me to make a contribution to countries that represent the future in many ways.

Claudia Salvischiani, Stanford Seed Consultant


Matching Company Needs with Consultant Expertise

Once admitted to the Seed Consulting Program, you’ll be invited to apply to open projects that match specific company needs with your unique interests and skill sets.

Areas of Expertise

  • Marketing
  • HR
  • Finance
  • Sales
  • Business Development
  • Strategy

Sample Projects

DEVELOPING a contingency plan for a software company.

ASSISTING a food and beverage company with financial projections and access to financing.

CREATING a communications strategy for a water-bottling company.

SUPPORTING a fast-growing healthcare provider with human resources.


The most successful Seed Consultants have more than just strong work experience. They are also flexible, empathetic, collaborative, and curious. Applicants don’t have to be affiliated with Stanford or have an MBA.

Minimum Qualifications

At least 10 years of professional work experience with a 
demonstrated track record of success

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including 
proficiency in English.

Subject-matter expertise in a field related to business in fast-growth organizations or entrepreneurial environments

A commitment to Seed’s mission: to partner with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives.

Application Process

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • Qualified candidate is invited to a 20- to 30-minute phone interview.

  • Selected candidates are notified within three weeks of their interviews.

Meet a Consultant

See how a volunteer consultant is sharing his skills, time, and expertise, and the impact it’s having on a Seed company and leader.

As a Seed Consultant, the most fulfilling part has been working with teams of very enthusiastic entrepreneurial people in East Africa, West Africa, and India. With them, I have been able to find real world solutions to their unique, real world problems. Simple, effective solutions to take them from point A to point B. I find working as a Seed Consultant fulfilling...and the fact that we are helping to be a part of Seed's vision of ending the cycle of global poverty is a great feeling!"

Arnab Sengupta, Stanford Seed Consultant

Have more time to give? Excited to live overseas?

Coach with Stanford Seed.

If you’re ready for a full-year, full-time, in-person experience helping companies in Africa and South Asia, apply to be a pro-bono Seed Coach.

Learn About the Seed Coaching Program