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Apply Today for the Goldman Sachs Women Enterprise & Leadership (WEL) Program – an Initiative to Empower Women



Nigerian women get ready to empower yourself  this year with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiatives “Women Enterprise and Leadership (WEL) Program”. 

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative in collaboration with the Pan African University is a global effort aimed at empowering 10,000 women in developing and emerging economies across the world. Every year, scholarships are being awarded to women entrepreneurs and this scholarship includes a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management (CEM) and follow up services such as business advisory, consulting clinics, networking and mentoring.

Criteria for this Scholarship

  • The company must be owned or managed by a woman
  • The company should be a functional business (At least 3 Months in operation)
  • The business enterprise must have high growth potential
  • High local value added is an advantage

Details on Application
Prospective applicants, should log on to’s-Enterprise-Leadership-Program to download the form. Once it is filled completely, send it via E-mail to [email protected]. The deadline for submission is Thursday 12th April 2012. Training will be in Lagos and Abuja.

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  1. annie

    April 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    You guys are joking, right? The people that applied last year, did you reply them? Even to say whether ‘accepted’ or ‘declined’? Abeg cmot.

    • madam y

      April 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      For most companies, no reply = declined. So not hearing from them probably meant the application was not successful.

    • annie

      April 10, 2012 at 6:06 am

      hell naw, not Goldman Sachs. They probably have poor management of this program from the Naija end. Thanks for trying to rationalize the non-response but it makes no sense in this particular company’s case. Save your one hour (the minimum time it takes to fill their long application) they are just doing this for show.

  2. marvel

    April 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    After the program nko? Will they give grants? No matter how small. Attending program is all well and good but will it buy mobile credit, diesel or pay overheards. Abeg…

  3. nwando

    April 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

    the program has been on in Nigeria since 2008, and s0 far about 210 women have received the scholarship. in fact, another batch is currently undergoing the program in Lagos and Abuja. I know for certain that all applications/enquiries are always responded to and the numbers on the flyer are there to enable you follow up

  4. Betrice

    April 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I have a friend who applied for this program and just finished her training. She says it was an amazing training – i can see changes in her already. I myself have also applied – whoever said it takes 1 hour – that is not true. It does not take that long at all and i have also received a response.

  5. Betrice

    April 10, 2012 at 11:37 am

    It is a capacity building program!! It is not a Grants program – if you want a grant then maybe look for other opportunities to get it.

  6. Pearl

    April 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    The Goldman Sachs Women’s programme is an awesome opportunity for women in business to holistically hone their entrpreneurship skills and make the most of their businesses. Knowing several people who have taken part and seeing very positive changes in their businesses, I wld encourage women entrepreneurs to apply for the programme. Good luck!

  7. kk

    April 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    its an amazing training and great opportunity!….. I encourage every woman in business to apply!!!

  8. pelumi

    April 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    What an Awesome opportunity for us all!!! Pan African+ Goldman Sachs….you can never go wrong 🙂

    • june

      April 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      yes you can. have you followed Goldman in the news lately?

  9. Obi

    April 11, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Are there any opportunities for Men?? Or is it Women only??

  10. annie

    April 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Nwando, Betrice, Pearl and kk, I am happy to hear your friends’ experiences, but that doesn’t take away from my right to state my own. I think it’s not being handled as professionally as I would expect. Also if it takes you less than an hour you might be filling it sloppily.

  11. Nana

    April 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I applied for this program. I hope i get through. Thanks for the info BN 🙂

  12. Igxtelle

    April 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

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  13. Ijeoma Justus

    August 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    This is really an opportunity for women in African who wants to make impact in their generation. My friend is attending the program right now in Lagos. She said “its a golden opportunity for her” I would like to know when the next year diet is coming and when i should apply for it. Thank you.

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