Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women is a global initiative that fosters economic growth by providing women business owners around the world with a business and management education, mentoring and networking opportunities, and access to capital.
The initiative was launched in 2008 based on a growing body of research to support the economic opportunity of investing in women. To date, the initiative has reached over 10,000 Women from across 56 countries and has resulted in immediate and sustained business growth for graduates of the program. Now, for the first time, this initiative is available online and has been designed to support women business owners everywhere.
We recognize that growing a business requires hard work, determination and planning. This course is designed to provide you with the practical tools and knowledge to help you manage these demands, ultimately leading you to grow your business.
The 10,000 Women introductory course will develop your understanding of the three key ingredients of growth potential: you, your business and your opportunity.
Through focused and tailored exercises, you will assess the strengths and weaknesses of your business and yourself as a business leader. You will also identify and refine your key opportunities for business growth.
As you are working in an online environment, you will be connecting with like-minded business owners from around the world. The course will provide you with a unique forum to share your experiences, and provide support and advice to others.
By completing 10,000 Women you will:
benefit from the knowledge of highly regarded academics with experience of delivering this course to a wide range of participants across the globe
join a global community of like-minded business women with a shared goal of realizing growth
discover a wide range of topics through innovative learning design and interactive multi-media content.
"There are great advantages to the 10,000 Women program online - we have access to great educational resources in the comfort of our homes. It also gives us a platform to share. Female entrepreneurs may encounter challenges in their business start-ups, and we can talk to our peers, who are walking on the same path."
"10,000 Women transformed me as an entrepreneur. It helped me to spot growth opportunities, and put them into practice while monitoring the results. I always mention my participation in 10,000 Women during meetings – it’s a great way for me to stand out personally. I learned negotiation tools and marketing tools, and to talk to suppliers and employees. I also now feel very comfortable with my finances."
"When I was going through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program, the foremost thing which actually helped me was the business plan… This program definitely made me realize that I can fulfill my dream. If it can make a small change in my own community, that would be the biggest achievement for me as a woman entepreneur."
Goldman Sachs and its people are committed to supporting the communities where we work and live, where our ideas, people and resources can make a difference. The Goldman Sachs Foundation focuses on entrepreneurship and economic growth with the aim of developing and strengthening communities around the world. 10,000 Women fosters greater shared growth, providing women in 56 countries around the world with a business and management education and access to mentoring, networking and capital. We are now bringing 10,000 Women online through Coursera to support female entrepreneurs in new corners of the world. This course blends a world-class business education with a global peer-to-peer network, providing participants with the tools needed to lead and grow their business.
As soon as you enroll in the introductory course, you’ll have access to all course materials. Though the course can be completed entirely online, some resources are available to download, so that you can store them on your device or equipment to view offline in case of poor connectivity.
In order to access the materials in the full 10-module main course, you will need to confirm your eligibility through a short survey which will be available once you’ve completed the introductory course.
The introductory course has been designed to be completed over two weeks, with approximately 4-5 hours of engagement each week. A new session starts every two weeks, so if you don’t finish the course before the end of your session, you can enroll in the next session. Your progress will be saved and you’ll be able to pick up where you left off when the next session begins.
Once you have completed the introductory course you will be invited to confirm your eligibility for the full 10-module main course, which is designed to be completed over 10 weeks.
If you fall behind or want more time to complete a course, you can switch to the next session. New sessions for the introductory course start every two weeks, so you can continue the course without much interruption. The introductory course has been designed to be completed over two weeks, with approximately 4-5 hours of engagement each week.
The course is entirely free for all participants.
Yes. The course has been designed and structured in a way that lessons build on the content covered in previous lessons; therefore, it is recommended that you complete the course in the order that is presented.
The introductory course is available to all; however, it is designed for women business owners, recognizing that women business owners face unique challenges when growing their business. The social aspects of the course are designed to allow women business owners the opportunity to learn from peers with similar backgrounds and experiences. In order to progress to the full 10-module main course, you will need to confirm your eligibility through a short survey which will be available once you’ve completed the introductory course.
Participants are expected to own and run their own business. To participate in the course, you will need to have a strong understanding of your business and be in a position to drive business growth as the business owner.
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