PANAJI: Six women entrepreneurs from Goa successfully completed the ‘10,000 Women’ programme sponsored by Goldman Sachs, the global investment banking and securities firm, recently in Bangalore.
The 10,000 Women initiative is the brainchild of Goldman Sachs and is built on the premise that partnerships between education, development, and business experts can help bring about significant change through improved business education for women entrepreneurs.
The Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad is the academic partner for the 10,000 Women initiative in India. Through this initiative, Goldman Sachs and ISB aim to provide world class education that helps participants unleash their full potential, think big, and grow their businesses. Acharya Institute of Management Studies, (AIMS) is the local delivery partner for ISB in conducting the programme in Bangalore.
The six women entrepreneurs from Goa, Ms Neomi Barneto, Ms Meena Jain, Ms Sharmila Bhat, Ms Vinita Singh, Ms Bhagyashree Patwardhan and Ms Neha Malhotra, were selected from among the South Zone list of applicants for this course that was held in Bangalore.
The selection criteria was that the women had to be in business for over a year and the course duration was three months with classroom sessions in Bangalore for a week each month from July to September this year. The women entrepreneurs were taken through a rich syllabus worthy of a MBA course conducted by industry professionals and core faculty from AIMS.
The ladies had the opportunity to present live business cases, with their own business being the topic of the case. ‘Dream big and dream it now’ was the mantra of the six women entrepreneurs who prepared for this project.
The Goan entrepreneurs concluded their course with a much better understanding of business concepts, people skills and what it takes to move from level one to the next level. In addition to this they gained from their interactions with other women in the group in terms of a support group and their interactions with the faculty.
The six now plan to use these inputs to grow their business and create wealth for all – employees, vendors and themselves in the most ethical, environmental friendly and strategic manner possible.