One morning in November last year, I woke up and said out loud, I need to study something to do with business. Until now, I have pretty much winged it in the business department even though I co-own a fully fledged business. In high school, the guidance counselor advised me to drop maths, which I sucked at, and from the tender age of 13 when this happened, I have been running from any sort of numerical affiliations as well as have had a terrible self esteem when it came to anything arithmetic or that involved counting sums of things.
That very same morning, I was driving to work and listening to 702. I heard an advertisement calling for 10 000 young women in business to apply for a Scholarship Programme that was about educating women in business on Business Management. There was a number to Sms for more information. I smsed the number immediately and got a text back with the web address and the following information:
The 10,000 Women programme (www.10000women.org) is a five-year investment by Goldman Sachs to provide 10,000 underserved women around the world with a business and management education. In South Africa, 10,000 Women is managed and delivered by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), the business school of the University of Pretoria.
The Goldman Sachs-GIBS 10,000 Women Certificate Programme for Women Entrepreneurs provides targeted support to growing small businesses through business and management training delivered by leading faculty and industry specialists, mentoring, business advisory services and access to networking opportunities.
Selection criteria for this opportunity:
· Women entrepreneurs who manage their own businesses in South Africa
· Minimum of a matric qualification
· Good understanding of English
· Business to have an annual turnover of R300,000 to R5million
· Business must be in operation for over a year
· Businesses that employ five or more people will be given preference
Naturally, I was like, OMG the Universe is heeding my call. And today I submitted my application form. When I handed it in, the person who I assume is administering this process told me that they are looking for more applicants and if I know anybody else whom this might benefit, I must let them know. So here you go ladies, especially people in the fashion industry. I'm not sure when the closing date is (it was today) but contact them and find out when you can submit an application.
For more information, contact Catherine Burnard from GIBS by emailing email@example.com or call 011 771 4204 or Misha on 011 771 4260.