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Opening of the 2021/22 Stanford Seed transformation program application announcement

Stanford Graduate School of Business and De Beers Group invite entrepreneurs with a mind-set to grow their businesses to apply for the 2021/22 Southern Africa Seed Transformation Program (STP). The programme aims at supporting business leaders in Southern Africa expand and transform their companies, communities, and economies. It targets CEOs/founders of for-profit companies or for-profit social enterprises who want to grow and scale their companies as well as companies with an annual revenue between US $300,000 and US $15 million based in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. 

According to Pat Dambe, Vice President Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at De Beers Global Sight-holder Sales, “the Seed Transformation Program is an unconventional, online learning experience that goes beyond acquiring business skills and provides practical hands-on tools to support business growth and scale.’’ It is designed to not only capacitate the business owner, in 2021, but now up to 5 members of their senior management team in order to ensure implementation and continuity. Stanford’s world-renowned faculty and a dedicated team of experts work with leaders and their team throughout their 12-month transformational journey. 

Pat further highlighted that surveys on the programme indicate that 64% of past participants increase their revenue; 58% expand into new geographies; and cumulatively all past cohorts have raised over $224 million USD in capital, following their training. 

The closing date for applications is the 15 April 2021. 

Interested applicants are requested to visit http://stanfordseed.co/SA21 for more information. 

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