Access Bank¬†Plc has unveiled the second edition of its¬†Womenpreneur¬†Pitch-a-ton¬†programme which will provide up to N9¬†million grant and a unique capacity building programme aimed at¬†empowering women
The programme tagged Womenpreneur¬†Pitch-a-ton¬†Africa¬†2020¬†Campaign¬†is designed to¬†provide¬†female¬†owned¬†businesses¬†across Africa access to finance and world-class business trainings¬†as well as mentoring opportunities.
Speaking at the launch of¬†the second edition,¬†Ayona¬†Trimnell, the bank’s Group Head W Initiative, said: ‚ÄúAccess Bank has been a leading advocate for women‚Äôs economic empowerment in Nigeria and this is the key motivation for the¬†‚ÄėW‚Äô¬†Initiative which caters to the women economy particularly in the areas of capacity building and creating networking opportunities for women‚ÄĚ.¬†
She further stated that the Pitch-a-ton¬†is¬†an expansion of the Womenpreneur Business Workshop, under the Bank‚Äôs women proposition, the W Initiative.¬†
Her words: ‚ÄúWe¬†launched¬†the¬†Pitch-a-ton¬†initiative¬†last year in¬†line with our value proposition as the No. 1 Bank of Choice for women in Nigeria, and we got¬†a tremendous amount¬†of applications with¬†innovative¬†business ideas. This year we want to do more and we want to reach out to more female entrepreneurs¬†not just in Nigeria but¬†across Africa.¬†
‚ÄúAs¬†a responsible¬†financial institution¬†with¬†huge presence¬†in other African countries, we¬†want to give the same opportunity to other female¬†entrepreneurs¬†in Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia¬†as well as Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Gambia, & Congo¬†to apply and participate in this year‚Äôs edition of the programme.
A statement by the bank explained that the programme is designed as a 3-month period¬†incorporating pitching sessions and¬†8¬†weeks of mini-MBA training in collaboration with the IFC.¬†Interested persons¬†from Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia and Rwanda¬†as well as with extension to Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Gambia, & Congo¬†who meet the criteria are required to fill an online application.
“The 500 candidates selected from this pool will then send in a sixty¬†seconds¬†video pitch which will be screened by a credible panel of business experts to select fifty finalists,” the statement said, adding that “as part of the graduation requirements, the fifty finalists will pitch their businesses, infusing learnings from the mini-MBA and will stand an opportunity to win financial grants up to N5 million.
Access Bank is is also a major advocate for women in business through innovative offerings like the W Power Loan, a discounted financing at 15% interest per annum, for women to grow their business as well as other Business Support Services.