Lead your business to record growth.

The Seed Transformation Program is a business leadership program unlike any other. It’s for daring and determined CEOs and founders who want to increase revenue and scale exponentially. Exclusively designed for established enterprises, this powerful program, led by Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty and seasoned advisors, works with you and your management team in both in-person and online formats.

The application is currently closed and will reopen in 2025.

Participant Outcomes

Seed Transformation Program participants report how the program is helping to grow and scale their businesses.
Increased their
Expanded into
new geographies
Conducted business
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$1 Billion+ In Collective Capital Raised (Usd)

We are growing by leaps and bounds. And aside from the growth, we are impacting more lives at every level. For us, that is a joy...We’re really thrilled about what we have been able to achieve with our staff and clients.”

Nireti Adebayo,
CEO | Whyte Cleon


Program Fee and Scholarships

US $9,500

Thanks to the generosity of founding donors Robert “Bob” King (MBA ’60) and Dorothy “Dottie” King, and many others, this program is offered to you at a fraction of its actual cost. In Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, the cost of the program has been subsidized in part by the De Beers Group. In addition, scholarships are available to smaller enterprises, women founders, and social entrepreneurs. 

Scholarship applications will be provided upon request to applicants who advance to the interview stage.


  • CEO/Founder of a for-profit business with revenue between US $300K – $15M
  • Primary operations based in Africa
  • Have a management team of at least three people in addition to the CEO or founder
  • Applicants from most industries are eligible

Revenue less than $300K? Seed has programs for small, growing businesses, too.

Program Schedule & Commitment

10 Months | January – November | Blend of in-person and online


Classroom Sessions
2x week-long classroom sessions with a cohort of CEOs/Founders

Week one: 19 – 24 January in Nairobi, Kenya
Week two: 9 –13 June in Accra, Ghana

Company Workshops

2x full-day workshops held at your company with you, your Seed Business Advisor, and management team (dates tbd)


5–8 hours/week for CEOs/Founders
2–4 hours/week for management team

CEOs/Founders Receive a Stanford GSB Certificate

Company Receives a Certificate of Participation

The Problem Solvers

Meet entrepreneurs who have completed the Seed Transformation Program. Hear about the impact the program has had on their businesses.

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The STP Described

In this animated “explainer” film, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the structure and various components of this unconventional learning experience.

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Key Benefits

  • Develop the skills, tools, and mindset to grow and scale your business using the world-class curriculum and innovative insights of Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Facilitate buy-in, implementation, and impact by including up to five members of your management team in the learning journey
  • Create a detailed action plan to grow and transform your business
  • Get support from your dedicated Seed advisor to apply new tools and frameworks to your business
  • Upon program completion, access Stanford coaches, consultants, and student interns to help you implement your growth plan
  • Receive a certificate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Become a member of the Seed Transformation Network, a group of over 1,000 peers from 30 countries, for continued engagement and learning

We are constantly using Stanford materials to review our business and the Network helps to keep us always fired up. I feel that my progress is linked to a constant and continuous attachment to Stanford.

Samuel Appenteng, 

Managing Director | Joissam

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