10,000 Women is a program organized by Goldman Sachs with the goal of helping to grow local economies by providing business education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital to underserved women entrepreneurs globally. The program was announced on March 5, 2008 at Columbia University. The initiative is one of the largest philanthropic projects the bank has been involved with.
As part of the program, Goldman Sachs has committed $100 million in funding and partnered universities in Europe and the United States with business schools in developing and emerging economies.
Vital Voices has presented the 10,000 Women Entrepreneurial Achievement Award at its annual Global Leadership Awards event from 2009-2011. The award was given to a graduate of the 10,000 Women program, sponsored by Goldman Sachs. Past recipients include Temituokpe Esisi of Nigeria (2009), Andeisha Farid of Afghanistan (2010) and Fatema Akbari of Afghanistan (2011).
In September 2013, Goldman Sachs launched a public Twitter presence for the 10,000 Women program using the screen name @GS10KWomen. In December 2015 the account had over 39,000 followers.
Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility
In March 2014, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program launched a $600 million financing program called the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility that will allow as many as 100,000 women entrepreneurs in emerging markets to have access to financing. IFC is investing an initial $100 million in the program, and Goldman Sachs Foundation is providing $32 million, with an additional $486 million expected from public and private investors.