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Fundamentals of Funding, with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women

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This free online course is one of 10 courses available in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women collection, designed for entrepreneurs ready to take their business to the next level. In this course, you will learn how to finance business opportunities that lead to growth, by exploring different types of funding. You will learn how acquisition financing and funding applications for grants or loans can support and expand your business opportunity. You will evaluate your business’s financial profile and plan actions to improve it. The exercises will guide you through discovering potential types of funding for your business and help you to identify the information you may need for future funding requirements. By the end of the course, you will understand the importance of having a financial strategy and approaching funding strategically – applying the skills you have developed to make a good funding application to facilitate your business growth. If you are unsure of your future cash flow needs, you may wish to complete one of the other Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women courses, ‘Fundamentals of Financial Planning’, to predict financial challenges, so that you can make strategic choices for your business. The 10,000 Women course collection offers a truly flexible online learning experience. You have the freedom to approach the program in any way that works for you – take any course, or combination of courses, to tailor your learning journey to your individual business growth needs. If you choose to take all 10 courses, you will explore all the key elements of your business and develop a thorough plan for your business’s growth. You can find out more about the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women collection in the FAQs.


  • Fundamentals of Funding, with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women
    • This course explores the potential use of strategic finance to support and expand your opportunity. The exercises are designed to guide you through different opportunities to use external funding to transform your business, and help you consider the information needed for funding applications. The aim of the course is for you to be able to understand and consider the different strategic options you can use to grow your business. You will also explore how to approach the funding necessary to facilitate your business growth.

Taught by

Edward David, Geetha Krishnan, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, Anne Donnellon, Mori Taheripour, Michael Fetters and Sarah Underwood


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  • Anonymous
    This course has really improved my knowledge and understanding of the management of my business. Am now more informed about the mindset of funders, like what they are looking out for in an application seeking funding from them. It sets a standard and a template for a good business model for course participants to mirror and to make the necessary adjustment in their books of accounts and the handling of their business operations.
  • Anonymous
    I enjoyed the course and I learned a lot about various types of funding.
    The class was short and to the point, yet very informative. Thanks
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    Anorah Sibanda
    we normally shy away from funding when its necessary.i recommend this course to all business women

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