Access to Capital for Women: Capturing Opportunities to Expand Your Business

Develop the knowledge and skills to finance and grow your business

Course Details

  • Price: FREE
  • Start Date: MAY 8, 2018
  • Time: 4 hours/week
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Partner: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative, Babson College

What You’ll Learn:

  • Identify different types of external capital available throughout your entrepreneurial journey
  • Insightful and inspiring stories of female founders in India that have secured funding to grow their businesses
  • Apply knowledge of financial statement basics, ratio analysis and growth projections to your business so that you will be equipped to seek external funding
  • Identify emerging initiatives that make capital available to women business owners and the understand the mindsets and skills required to capture those opportunities


This is a five-module, project-based course that aims to equip you with the essential financial and network knowledge to grow your business. This course is designed for women in India who are starting or operating a business, but everyone is welcome to participate in the course. You will learn about common factors that result in the existing funding gap for women entrepreneurs, and through detailed explanations and regular self-reflection exercises, will also learn the 5C framework of capital access.

Format and Timing:

  • Team-Based Course: We strongly encourage (but do not require) that you form a team of 2-8 people to take the course with. It works best to find friends or coworkers who can meet in person. Need to find team members? You can post to the discussion forums a month before the course starts.
  • Platform: Teachable (+Acumen developed the course. We host this course on the Teachable platform.)
  • Timing: This course will be open for 6 weeks. You can work through the materials at your own pace during the time the course is open. There are no required times for you to log in. There will be suggested deadlines for you to complete each assignment. The final deadline is the final day of the course.

Course Syllabus

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  • 5 reading guides highlighting case studies and examples
  • 5 discussion guides and financial templates
Section 1: Introduction to the Course
  • Reading: Possible Barriers for Capital Access
  • Reading: Stories of Women Entrepreneurs in India
  • Activity: Self-Reflection
  • Reading: The Entrepreneurship Cycle Framework
  • Reading: The 5Cs Framework of Capital Access
  • Reading: Women Entrepreneur Examples
  • Resource: Giving credit where it is due – How closing the credit gap for women-owned SMEs can drive global growth
  • Activity: Discussion Guide
Section 2: Financial Statements and Your Business
  • Reading: The 3 Key Financial Statements
  • Reading: Going Deeper with Cash Flows
  • Resource: MaRS Library on Managing Cash Flow
  • Activity: Self-Reflection
  • Activity: Check Your Understanding
  • Reading: Completing A Balance Sheet
  • Activity: Check Your Understanding
  • Reading: Trade Offs Between the Two Cash Flow
  • Reading: Cash Cycle and Burn Rate
  • Activity: Check Your Understanding
  • Reading: Breakeven Analysis
  • Reading: Balance Sheet Equation Approach
  • Activity: Check Your Understanding
  • Resource: Product vs Service Business
  • Activity: Check Your Understanding
  • Activity: Discussion Guide
Section 3: Financial Statements Analysis
  • Video: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women
  • Reading: Common Size Analysis
  • Reading: Return on Equity and DuPont Analysis
  • Activity: Check Your Understanding
  • Reading: Ways to Enhance Return on Equity
  • Activity: Self-Reflection
  • Activity: Discussion Guide
Section 4: Capital Providers as Your Audience
  • Reading: Various Financing Options
  • Reading: Debt Financing
  • Reading: Equity Financing
  • Reading: Other Sources of Financing
  • Resource: The Evolution of Impact Investment in India
  • Reading: 5 Cs and Your Story
  • Reading: Constructing Your Story
  • Activity: Discussion Guide
Section 5: Networking and Accessing Needed Resources
  • Reading: Your Story
  • Activity: My Story
  • Reading: Key Actors in Your Entrepreneurial Journey
  • Activity: Enablers in my Entrepreneurial Journey
  • Reading: Connecting with Others
  • Activity: Connecting with Others
  • Activity: Discussion Guide

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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative is a campaign to foster economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with a business and management education and access to capital.

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for​ Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®​. Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society.

What People Are Saying

"Before taking this course, I only have some very rough ideas about raising funds, most of which are traditional ways. Now I've learnt how to target potential investors and how to construct a story that is appealing to them."

Lang G, Washington DC