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This year's Stanford Africa Business Forum focused on building and scaling businesses across the continent.

The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) is a Stanford Graduate School of Business-led initiative working to end the cycle of poverty in developing economies. We believe that business is one of the most powerful engines of change in developing economies, and that the innovative and entrepreneurial mindset that we foster at Stanford can be leveraged across the world. This culture has the power to change lives, organizations, and the world.

Only SEED provides a combination of training, networking support, and on-the-ground coaching for established business leaders; curriculum and programs for Stanford students to inspire the next generation of globally-engaged leaders; and funding for critical research that can lead to breakthrough solutions to alleviate global poverty.



SEED’s research goal is to advance general knowledge through the study of entrepreneurship; product and service innovations that serve the poor; and the growth of firms in developing economies.

» Learn about SEED Research

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Opportunities to support SEED's mission to alleviate poverty around the world are available to Stanford students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

» Student Programs


SEED volunteer business coaches spend up to one year in Africa where they immerse themselves into the local business ecosystem and coach a portfolio of companies in general management.

What motivates SEED volunteers? Find out in this video.

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