in Jordan, adolescent girls use cellphones and tablets in a solar kiosk providing internet connectivity in the Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees, near the Syrian border. Photo: UNICEF/Christopher Herwig
The Goldman Sachs Foundation is offering an online education program to further 10,000 Women, providing female entrepreneurs across the world with a digitized curriculum and interactive platform of women business owners.
In partnership with Coursera, the world’s leading online platform for higher education, 10,000 Women will provide greater access to its curriculum, providing female entrepreneurs with business education and a global peer-to-peer network. The course is free, and has been built to meet the needs of women business owners in developing markets.
According to Goldman Sachs, it will provide focused and tailored exercises in an introductory module where participants will assess the strengths and weaknesses of their business and themselves as business leaders.
The additional modules will review strategies to identify, optimize, and execute growth opportunities. Learners at the end of the course will have a Business Growth Plan to follow as they continue to grow and evolve their businesses.
Participants in the course will be supported by a network of fellow students and alumni that will provide real-time support, mentoring and group learning across a number of technologies and channels.
“This is a question of opportunity, not capability, and this partnership with Coursera allows us to expand 10,000 Women to reach those entrepreneurs we haven’t been able to before,” said John F.W. Rogers, Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. “Helping businesses grow is at the core of what we do as a company, and increasing access to business education to support smart, driven, and talented women is good for their businesses, their communities, and the world.”
In 2008, Goldman Sachs had launched the 10,000 Women initiative to foster economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with business education and access to capital.
The course is free and open to all learners. Women business owners with at least three employees and $50,000 in annual revenue are eligible to receive a certificate upon completion.