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Seed Transformation Program – East Africa

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Seed Transformation Program – East Africa

Gain​​ ​​management training​ and networking ​support in this leadership program ​for established business leaders in East Africa.

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.

Who Should Attend

  • Founders and senior leaders of for-profit companies who want to grow and scale their companies, thereby creating jobs, products, or services that benefit those living in poverty.
  • Senior leaders of companies, across all industries, that have an annual revenue between US $150,000 and US $15 million and that are headquartered, legally registered, and currently operating within East Africa.

27 Mar 2017 – 27 Feb 2018


In-person|Nairobi, Kenya
Full-time during on-site sessions

Program Schedule

The program schedule is subject to change.
27 Mar 2017 – 31 Mar 2017
Build Your Strategy
22 May 2017 – 26 May 2017
Know Your Company
03 Jul 2017 – 07 Jul 2017
Know Your Product and Customers
14 Aug 2017 – 18 Aug 2017
Develop Your Plan
Months 7 – 12: Transformation plan implementation, Leadership Lab meetings


31 Oct 2016

Program Fee

US $5,000

Breakfast, lunch, snacks, most dinners provided during the program. Lodging and transportation not included.


Stanford GSB Statement of Completion
Video Introduction
African CEOs talk about how the Seed Transformation Program has impacted them and their companies.

Learn More About the Program


Explore our highly interactive, collaborative 12-month curriculum, including on-site sessions and in-company workshops.

Application Requirements

Review all eligibility requirements and learn about the application process.

Participant Profile

Hear from past participants and learn what is expected of Seed Transformation Program participants.

Faculty Leadership

Jesper B. Sørensen
The Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Professor and Professor of Organizational Behavior
  • Co-Director, Executive Program in Strategy and Organization
  • Director, Seed Transformation Program – East Africa
  • Director, Seed Transformation Program – West Africa

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