Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Seed) is the Stanford Graduate School of Business-led initiative. Building on Stanford University's decades-long history of educating innovators in Silicon Valley, Stanford Seed are working to end the cycle of global poverty, by delivering their innovative mindset and practical business training to entrepreneurs in Africa and India. SEED believe that business is one of the most powerful engines of change through which developing economies can to move to greater prosperity. To maximise their impact, they operate on multiple fronts and across multiple time horizons. Seed trains business leaders in developing economies, inspiring Stanford students to become globally engaged leaders, and supports critical research that can lead to breakthrough solutions. Stanford University Global LLC is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Seed Business Transformation Advisor in Accra, Ghana. The 12-month-long Seed Transformation Program (STP) curriculum is customized for founders and senior leaders of high-potential small and medium-sized companies in developing economies who have the potential to, and are committed to, growing and scaling their businesses.
During four curriculum cycles, leaders/founders will be exposed to, and deploy, tools and methodologies to help grow and transform their businesses. In seeking transformative growth of businesses, traditional and virtual classroom learning is not enough. That is why the STP program is built to be highly interactive, and to allow leaders to both discover and apply the tools and methodologies that will help them transform their businesses.
As part of each learning cycle, leaders/founders will share their learning with their management teams through Stanford Seed facilitated workshops. Leaders and their teams will also work on projects designed to plan for the growth and scale of their companies. By the end of the curriculum, each leader/founder will complete a Transformation Capstone: a plan for growth and scale of the leader’s business.
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The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) is housed at the Graduate School of Business, and focuses on driving growth through entrepreneurship and scaling established enterprises to create jobs and improve lives. SEED engages in research, teaching and especially on-the-ground training and mentoring for entrepreneurs. SEED, which seeks to alleviate poverty by stimulating the creation of economic opportunities through innovation, entrepreneurship and the growth of businesses, was established in 2011. The Seed Transformation Program is a comprehensive yearlong program that includes six months of immersive general-management training on the continent, led by Stanford GSB faculty and supported by trained local facilitators.