Take your business to the next level.

Stanford GSB and the De Beers Group are working together to help business leaders in Southern Africa expand and transform their companies, communities, and economies. Through Stanford Seed, they are looking for the highest-potential CEOs/founders based in based in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

The Seed Transformation Program is an unconventional, online learning experience that goes beyond acquiring business skills. Stanford's world-renowned faculty and dedicated team of experts work with leaders and up to five of their senior managers throughout their 12-month journey to growth.

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The Seed Effect

of participating entrepreneurs increased their revenue.

of program participants expanded into new geographies.

of participants have entered into business with fellow Seed students.

of represented businesses created new physical locations.

Lerang Selolwane
Cofounder | The Lucient Group

What Alumni Say

“The Stanford Seed Program isn’t just about you; they actually come into your company, train your people. That was probably the single most useful part of the program...they worked on the real-life problems in our company and took our management leadership team with us. That was the magic for us.”

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Growth for you—transformation for your business.

The Seed Transformation Program designed specifically for business owners and up to five members of their senior management team.

This online program is led by world-renowned Stanford GSB faculty and is supported by Stanford trained facilitators and experts.

The Details

PROGRAM DATES: September 2021 - October 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 April 2021

PROGRAM FEE:  US $5,000* COVID Discount Price

*In addition to the 2021 discount, the cost of the program has been significantly subsidized through philanthropic contributions, provided in part by the De Beers Group.

OPEN TO:  CEOs/founders, of for-profit companies and market-driven social enterprises based in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, and up to five of their senior managers. 

REQUIREMENT:  Companies based in Africa with annual revenue between US $300,000 and $15 million.

COMMITMENT:Approximately 5 - 8 hours per week for CEO/founder; 2 - 4 hours per week for managers.

LOCATION:  Virtual, in-person elements may be added if the health and safety situation improves.






  • Take advantage of a world-class curriculum from the Stanford GSB and the innovative thinking that has shaped so many of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley.

  • Bring up to five of your senior managers on this transformation journey to facilitate buy-in, implementation, and impact.

  • Gain essential business and leadership skills, from strategy and finance to marketing and sales, all taught by world-renowned Stanford faculty and business experts.
  • Develop relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs; share experiences and create an ongoing peer-to-peer support network.






Key Benefits

What Alumni Say

The Problem Solvers


Meet some of the entrepreneurs behind the Seed Transformation Program.

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