26 Feb 2020 16:46 IST

Stanford Seed Transformation Summit to be held in India

The 2018 Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/seed

The programme partners with business founders to help them gain essential business and leadership skills

Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) announced that the second annual Stanford Seed Transformation Network Summit will be held in India between 12 and 14 March. This is the first time it is being conducted in India. The summit brings together entrepreneurs who have completed the school’s Seed Transformation Program.

The Stanford Seed Transformation Program partners with participants — business founders and CEOs — to help them gain the essential business and leadership skills that will enable them to grow their companies and positively impact their communities. The 12-month programme aims to motivate participants to become globally engaged leaders and transform their business with training and networking support. The programme was first launched in West Africa in 2013 and extended to East Africa in 2016, and India and Southern Africa in 2017. The programme has provided leadership training and mentorship to over 800 entrepreneurs across 20 countries.


Darius Teter, Stanford Seed Executive Director, and PR Ganapathy, Stanford Seed, India, will host the summit. Other speakers include:

Jonathan Levin, Philip H Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford GSB

    Baba Shiv, the Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Marketing at Stanford GSB

      Jesper B Sørensen, the Robert A and Elisabeth R Jeffe Professor, and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Stanford GSB

        Paula Mariwala, Founder and Co-President, Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs India; Seed Advisory Board Member

        Announcing the 2020 summit, Teter said, “This gathering will foster connections between hundreds of business founders and CEOs representing thriving companies from across Africa and India. They share a growth mindset, and a commitment to impact that extends beyond their individual enterprises and industries to include their communities and the world.”

        About the Stanford Seed Transformation Network:

        The participants from the global communities of the Seed Transformation Program constitute the Seed Transformation Network. The network operates active chapters in West, East, and Southern Africa and India. The network offers members a way to harness the power of the global Stanford Seed community by connecting online, in person, or at events with other like-minded business leaders.