Published by Jennifer Carolyn King on 08.29.17: Power and gratitude to my philanthropic perennial parents, Robert Eliot and Dorothy Jones King as they head to India, today (at the age of 81) for the launch of Seed India. Seed is their effort, led by Stanford's Graduate School of Business, to alleviate poverty in the world.

After building Thrive Foundation for Youth with their six children, in 2010 R. Eliot and Dr. Hot Dot (as we call mom thanks to the honorary doctorate degree she and my dad received from Dartmouth College on June 11, 2017) dug deep within themselves and asked, "what's the one thing we'd like to change in this world?"

Their answer? To significantly reduce the number of people living on $1.50 per day.

In their typically results oriented fashion, my folks turned to Stanford's Graduate School of Business for a solution. The result: Bob & Dottie, co-founders of King Philanthropies, invested in the creation of a mentorship program for entrepreneurs in developing countries, in partnership with the GSB and, now, much of Stanford University.

SEED = Stanford's Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies

In 2013 the Seed Transformation Program was launched in Accra, Ghana to serve West African entrepreneurs. Last year, Seed expanded to East Africa with its roots in Nairobi, Kenya. Thus far, Seed's faculty, staff and coaches have trained more than 500 business leaders.
The goal? To promote prosperity in their entire region.

"The impact of Seed in West and East Africa has been astounding, with nearly two-thirds of participants reporting increased revenue and job creation," said Jesper Sorensen, Robert A and Elizabeth R Jeffe, professor of organizational behaviour at the GSB and executive director of Seed. "We are five years into our journey, and just getting started. We believe - and have seen first-hand - that this unique model can help some of the most dynamic business leaders in these regions drive the kinds of firm growth that underlies sustainable regional prosperity. We are very eager to see its impact in India."

Building on its success in Africa, Seed is expanding the program into India through its new location in Chennai, which will serve entrepreneurs from across the country. The first annual program will run from August 2017 to August 2018 and will be held at the Infosys corporate campus. "India is the world's second-most populous country, known for its entrepreneurial dynamism. We know from experience, however, that starting a company is different from making it grow, and that sustainable economic growth depends on firms solving the puzzle of scaling. The Seed Transformation Program leverages Stanford's deep insights into the leadership of rapidly growing enterprises. We believe that by transforming leaders and companies through this program we can contribute to increased prosperity for the companies and, more importantly, their communities," said Sorensen.

This 4+ minute "Profiles of Purpose" video puts a face on Stanford and the Kings' Seed program and the lives that are being impacted in West Africa, East Africa and now India:


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