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Special Project
From the 5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards

Goldman Sachs Launch with GS Initiative

Entered in Diversity & Inclusion


Launch With GS is Goldman Sachs’ $500 million investment strategy grounded in the belief that diverse teams drive strong returns. Through Launch With GS, Goldman Sachs (GS) aims to increase access to capital, facilitate connections and provide resources for women, Black, Latinx and other diverse entrepreneurs and investors.

In Q1 of 2020, GS opened applications for its first ever Launch With GS Black and Latinx Entrepreneur Cohort - an eight-week virtual experience designed to provide high-touch access and resources to a select group of U.S. based Black and Latinx founders to fast-track their companies’ growth and build relationships with investors and industry experts.

The objective of the media plan and creative campaign detailed in the sections below was to drive traffic to the Cohort landing page and ultimately applications.

Strategy and Execution

We leveraged a channel mix of direct display partnerships, newsletters, and paid social media to drive traffic to the application page for the Launch With GS Black and Latinx Entrepreneur Cohort. Our partnerships and newsletter insertions with minority-led publications allowed us to hone in on our target audience within contextually-relevant environments, while paid posts on LinkedIn helped extend our reach and increase our presence across our priority markets.

The variety of on-site and in-newsletter banner and text placements with partners like Urban Geekz, The Plug, Blavity, H-Code, Axios and Latin Biz Today enabled us to optimize into the top-performing tactics and creative assets during the flight in order to maximize traffic to the application page.

To supplement those channels, our social media strategy prioritized LinkedIn in order to benefit from its strong contextual relevance, job title targeting capabilities, and ability to focus on priority markets. Organic posts spanned LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook during the 6 week campaign.

All media efforts drove to a new landing page on that highlighted Cohort details, eligibility requirements, key dates, and multiple callouts to apply.



Entrant Company / Organization Name

forsman & bodenfors, Media Kitchen, Goldman Sachs


Entry Credits