A customized 6-week experience that provides an
opportunity to access the best of Goldman Sachs – from
industry experts to influential networks – while building
relationships with investors during the evolving business landscape.
Explore the the 2021 Launch With GS Entrepreneur Cohort. These innovative entrepreneurs are building fast-growing companies at the forefront of technology.Learn more
1) Financial and Industry Expertise
Participate in customized 1-on-1 and sector-specific workshops with specialists across investment banking, research, leadership development and investing
2) Influential Networks
Engage with the Launch With GS Advisory Council of leading investors, entrepreneurs and executives, in addition to Goldman Sachs’ network of Fortune 500 companies and investors
3) Startup Resources
Meet with industry-leading startup experts for customized advice on topics ranging from financing and board management structure to growth and strategy
4) Engagement with Investors
Opportunity to showcase your business and growth by building relationships with Goldman Sachs investors and network of investors
5) Business Development
Explore opportunities to integrate your company’s product or service into relevant Goldman Sachs businesses
6) Customized Content
Virtual, 6-week program, designed to accelerate growth while allowing founders to maintain focus on what they do best – building their businesses
The Advisory Council includes leading investors, entrepreneurs and executives who are collaborating with us to narrow investing gaps while driving returns.
Co-Founder and CEO of Wonderschool
Global Account Excellence & Innovation Leader and Global Life Sciences Client Service Partner of EY
Founder & General Partner of 1863 Ventures and Co-founder of Ureeka
Chairman of Dignity Community Care
Founder of Planet FWD
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of 645 Ventures
Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures
Chairman, President, and CEO of Aeris Communications
Vice President & CFO of the Knight Foundation
Managing Director, Known Holdings
Founder and Managing Partner of MaC Venture Capital
Independent Director at World Wrestling Entertainment and Former President & COO of Parkwood Entertainment
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Ulu Ventures
Founder of Montclair Capital Group
Managing Partner of Collab Capital and Head of Google for Startups in the US
No, the Launch With GS Entrepreneur Cohort is not an incubator, accelerator or bootcamp. It is a 6-week virtual customized experience that provides the best of Goldman Sachs to innovative high growth Black and Latinx entrepreneurs, while they focus on what they do best - building their businesses.
Launch With GS is our $1 billion investment strategy grounded in our data-driven thesis that diverse teams drive strong returns. In particular, we recognize that Black and Latinx entrepreneurs face significant and unique challenges in raising venture capital. With only 1% of venture dollars going to these teams, it is clear that these ideas are not getting the capital they deserve and need to grow.
No. Goldman Sachs does not take equity in exchange for participation.
Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program is funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation and helps small businesses across the United States by providing greater access to a practical business education, pathways to access capital and support services. The program is delivered in various local markets across the country in partnership with community colleges.
10,000 Small Businesses focuses on small businesses with revenues of over $75,000 and a minimum of two employees. The Launch With GS Entrepreneur Cohort focuses on high growth companies with a projected annual revenue run rate of at least $1mm that need significant capital investment to scale quickly. Click here to learn more about 10,000 Small Businesses.
We are targeting companies with a projected annual revenue run rate of at least $1 million. We are focused on companies that are high growth, tech or tech-enabled across fintech, enterprise software, consumer and healthcare with a Black or Latinx Founder, CEO or President of all genders. Companies must be based in the United States.
The Cohort will engage with Goldman Sachs investors, operators, investment bankers, equity research analysts, and other experts to help accelerate growth. Entrepreneurs will also have access to the Goldman Sachs network broadly, including the Launch With GS Advisory Council, venture capital investors, industry leaders and advisors, successful founders, and potential clients.
Yes. We welcome repeat applications.
Applications are now closed for the Launch With GS 2021 Entrepreneur Cohort. To stay up-to-date with Launch With GS news, including future cohorts, subscribe to our newsletter.
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