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Offer: Scholarships for New Media Women Entrepreneurs in India

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is offering an opportunity for two women entrepreneurs in the new media sector to join an upcoming class of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women in India. Through 10,000 Women, participants receive a world class education focused on helping entrepreneurs to think big and grow their businesses. Deadline for applications is June 1, 2011.

Selected women entrepreneurs will receive full scholarships to participate in the thirteen week program in Bengaluru beginning on August 15, 2011 (see details in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women brochure).

Participation of new media women entrepreneurs is an effort to diversify the emerging digital news media landscape by expanding the voice and role of women entrepreneurs. Limited access to credit and training, coupled with cultural stereotypes and outdated perceptions, threaten women’s full participation as entrepreneurs in the digital news media. Men receive 95 percent of venture capital funds and almost 75 percent of training in starting a business. The initiative tackles this disparity head on by combating the twin obstacles of access to financing and access to skills development.

“This unique initiative will provide much needed access and support, amplifying the voices and impact of women media entrepreneurs,” said IWMF Advisory Committee Chairman Merrill Brown. “The full participation of women in the global digital news frontier is crucial to ensuring equal access to new important news outlets. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with women around the world in groundbreaking journalistic and technological innovation.”

The 10,000 Women application is open to women entrepreneurs with financial need who own businesses that use digital media in innovative ways to deliver news. Please see the application for more details about eligibility. Businesses must demonstrate growth potential and have accompanying business plans. Preference is given to women entrepreneurs that employ at least five people.

Application Process
1. Download project brochure & review eligibility requirements.
2. Download and fill out the Goldman Sachs Application.
3. Download and fill out IWMF Application.
4. Email both applications by June 1 to indiascholarship[at]iwmf.org.

About IWMF
This year, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The IWMF was launched in 1990 with a mission of strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide as a means to further freedom of the press. The IWMF uses four strategies in its work: building a vibrant network of women in the news media; cultivating effective leaders by offering innovative training to women journalists; pioneering change by engaging journalists in reporting on global issues, thereby creating opportunities for women in the news media; and honoring the courage of women journalists worldwide.

About 10,000 Women
10,000 Women is a five-year investment by Goldman Sachs to provide 10,000 underserved women around the world with a business and management education. 10,000 Women operates through a network of more than 70 academic and non-profit partners to develop locally relevant coursework for students and to improve the quality and capacity of business education.

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