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The Goldman Sachs Partnership

The Entrepreneurship Centre and wider Business School have partnered with Goldman Sachs on the 10,000 Women Initiative (since 2008), and on the 10,000 Small Businesses UK initiative (since 2010).

Additionally, the school oversees the 10,000 Small Businesses UK National Alumni Network (launched November 2012), in partnership with Leeds University Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Aston Business School and the University College London. 

The 10,000 Small Businesses UK is a business education programme designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises operating in the United Kingdom.  Since its launch in 2010 over four hundred entrepreneurs from across the UK have completed the programme, which has helped achieve growth across the participants’ companies.

The programme's aim is to support small businesses and social enterprises by providing the resources they need to grow, including combinations of business education and support services, in order to reduce the barriers to growth for small businesses. 

Since 2009, Saïd Business School has worked closely with Goldman Sachs on two key programmes - the 10,000 Women initiative and the 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme. More recently, Goldman Sachs was a platinum sponsor for Power Shift: The Oxford Forum for Women in the World Economy, an annual symposium dedicated to women’s economic inclusion. We continue to work with Goldman Sachs to face the challenges of how to measure, finance, evaluate and support women in their desire to be included as equal actors in the world economy and to nurture small businesses in the UK and unlock their economic and job creation potential.


Saïd Business School has been involved in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK initiative since its launch in 2010, supporting the collaborative development and delivery of the curriculum with the programme’s four academic partners – Leeds University Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Aston Business School and University College London. The programme, which is funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, is based on an innovative and successful approach to supporting entrepreneurs.


The 10,000 Women Initiative

10,000 Women is a five-year investment by Goldman Sachs to provide 10,000 underserved women around the world with a business and management education. It operates through a network of more than 80 academic and non-profit partners to develop locally relevant coursework for students and to improve the quality and capacity of business education. As one of the partners, the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford collaborates with two Chinese universities on this exciting initiative.

The 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme was launched in Hangzhou, Eastern China, on 24 June 2009. Each year for five years, 100 underserved female entrepreneurs with high potential are provided with business and management education in Zhejiang University. We worked closely with the Global Entrepreneurship Research Centre of Zhejiang University on student recruitment, curriculum design, case studies development, teaching, mentoring and wrap-around services.

The Programme consisted of five modules, and each module runs for four days each month over a period of five months, enabling participants to study whilst continuing to run their own businesses. Around 300 scholars have successfully graduated and achieved progress in their ventures. The fifth year programme will commence in June 2013.

In 2011 we launched a new programme – Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Oxford-SWUFE Entrepreneurship Program with the School of Business Administration of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu. Scheduled to run for three years, it provides tremendous benefit for female entrepreneurs who come from Western China and ethnic minority groups.

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