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Funded for eligible participants by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

“Entrepreneurship is all about perseverance, about believing enough to withstand anything and everything that comes your way.”


About this course

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, networking opportunities, and access to capital.

This two-course series, developed in partnership with the University of Leeds, builds on the face-to-face business education program that has enabled over 10,000 women to experience immediate and sustained business growth. It is designed to provide you with practical tools and knowledge to help you successfully manage the demands of growing your business.

The 10,000 Women journey covers a full range of business topics from your leadership style and management structure, to resource allocation and operational efficiency. You will start with our introductory course which 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.

On completion of the introductory course, you will be invited to join the second course during which you will analyze the growth of your business further through the creation of a Business Growth Plan (BGP). The BGP is a strategic and tactical implementation tool designed to guide your business’s growth and help you to communicate your opportunity, vision, and ideas to your team, stakeholders, and customers. As you complete the 12-week journey, you will connect with like-minded business owners from around the world. The courses will provide you with a unique forum to share your experiences, and provide support and advice to others.

Upon successfully completing these two courses, you will be able to join the global network of 10,000 Women alumni.


The criteria for taking part in Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women:

  • Women leaders of established businesses in emerging economies

  • Employing more than three people

  • Revenues of more than US$50,000 per year

The course is designed for women business owners, recognizing that they face unique challenges when growing their businesses. The social aspects of the course are designed to allow women business owners the opportunity to learn from peers with similar backgrounds and experiences.


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Approx. 60 hours to complete

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How is this program structured?

Introductory Course (2 weeks)

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women begins with an introductory course open to all participants – an exploration of business growth and how to define your business opportunity. You will step back and review your entire business with fresh perspective, charting your historic growth, performing an interactive business diagnostic, and assessing your leadership confidence. You will then learn how to generate ideas, assess which is the best fit for you, and then define and write an Opportunity Statement.

Full Course (10 weeks)

After finishing the introductory course, you will be invited to confirm your eligibility for the program through our simple enrollment form. Eligible learners will then move on to the full 10-week main course, where you will follow a comprehensive, applied business growth curriculum, developed by world-class experts and highly tailored to existing business owners. You will develop a Business Growth Plan as you progress through the course, which will guide the next phase of growth for you and your business. And you will learn alongside fellow women business owners from around the world.

Course benefit

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.
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What our graduates have to say


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.


About Goldman Sachs

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 two-course series 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.

About University of Leeds

Established in 1904, the University of Leeds is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK, globally renowned for its excellence in teaching and quality of research. Our academic expertise and the breadth of disciplines we cover, provides a wealth of opportunities and has real impact worldwide. As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

The University of Leeds partnered with the Goldman Sachs Foundation to design and develop the content for this online course, based on the original face-to-face curriculum for 10,000 Women and in partnership with academics from around the world.

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