The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg, South Africa is recruiting the second cohort for The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative. The deadline to apply to this programme is 15 June 2012.
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women is a five-year initiative to provide a business and management education to underserved female entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets.
In South Africa, 10,000 Women is managed and delivered by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), the business school of the University of Pretoria. The Goldman Sachs-GIBS 10,000 Women Certificate Programme for Women Entrepreneurs provides targeted support to growing small businesses including business and management training delivered by leading faculty and industry specialists, mentoring, business advisory and access to networking opportunities.
The programme is structured in a practical, interactive way to enable participants to apply what they learn in the classroom to their businesses.
At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:
- Build a robust business by refining business models and strategies
- Form and implement growth strategies
- Gear up to meet the challenges of growing competition
GIBS is looking for 50 women entrepreneurs who manage their own businesses in Gauteng and who fit the criteria below*:
- Minimum of a matric qualification
- Good understanding of English
- Business to have an annual turnover of R300,000 to R5million
- Business must be in operation for over a year
- Businesses that employ five or more people will be given preference
- Entrepreneur must be prepared to comply with the measurement requirements of the programme
*If an entrepreneur fulfills most criteria but is unsure about any particular one (e.g. turnover is slightly below or higher), please ask her contact us.
GIBS will be hosting an awareness event on Friday, June 8th for the individuals who were not able to attend the previous ones – the purpose is to explain to prospective candidates what the programme entails. It is however NOT compulsory for the individual to attend the event in order to apply, but the purpose of the presentation is to provide more detail about the scholarship. For those interested in attending, please contact Lydia Siziba on 011 771 4101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of awareness event:
Date: Friday, June 8th
Time: 09h00 to 11h00
Venue: Classroom 6, Gordon Institute of Business Science, 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Sandton
We believe this is a great initiative and are happy to get the word out. If you or anyone you know may be the right fit for this program, we encourage you to apply. Good luck to all the applicants!
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