Program Overview

In 2008, based on a growing body of research to support the economic opportunity of investing in women, Goldman Sachs launched 10,000 Women to provide women entrepreneurs around the world with business management education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital. To date, the initiative has reached over 10,000 women from across 56 countries and resulted in immediate and sustained business growth for graduates of the program.
Applicants selected for the 10,000 Women program in Kenya will receive a world-class business education at the United States International University-Africa, Chandaria School of Business and connections to a professional support network.

Practical Business Education

Designed in partnership with Babson College, one of the top-ranked entrepreneurship schools in the world, the 10,000 Women curriculum focuses on practical skills in topics such as negotiations, marketing, and employee management that can immediately be put into practice.

A Supportive Network of Advisors and Peers

Participants will receive one-on-one business advising and the opportunity to learn from other like-minded business owners. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates become part of a growing 10,000 Women alumni network and will receive ongoing access to learning and networking opportunities.

Access to Capital

The 10,000 Women program shows small business owners how to become more bankable and position themselves to access appropriate sources and levels of small business funding and capital.

Program Dates

The 10,000 Women program is delivered over 14 days within a five month period. An additional 18-20 hours out of class engagement will be required (meetings, business advising, site visits and evaluations). The next intake will take place during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Criteria and Eligibility

10,000 Women is designed for business owners who are passionate about growing their business, creating jobs in their communities and who meet these criteria:

  • Key decision maker with senior leadership role (i.e. CEO, COO, President)
  • Business has operated for at least one year
  • Business employs at least 10 people
  • Annual revenue between Kshs. 10 Million – Kshs. 500 Million
  • At least 20% of business owned by women
  • Openness to accessing external capital to grow business

Women who hold an elected or appointed government position are not eligible for this program. Additionally, women who are connected to political figures may not be eligible for this program.

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