Access Bank Excites Female SMEs across Africa with Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Second Edition
Posted on June 22, 2020 || By: Global News
As part of its promise to continuously provide financial and business skills to femaleentrepreneurs, leading retail bank in Nigeria, Access Bank Plc has unveiled the secondedition of its Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton programme.The Womenpreneur Pitch–a–ton Africa 2020 Campaign is designed to provide female ownedbusinesses across Africa an opportunity to access to finance and world–class businesstrainings as well as mentoring opportunities. This programme has been designed to createan enabling environment for female entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.Speaking at the launch of the second edition of this initiative, Ayona Trimnell, GroupHead W Initiative, said, “Access Bank has been a leading advocate for women’seconomic empowerment in Nigeria and this is the key motivation for the ‘W’ Initiativewhich caters to the women economy particularly in the areas of capacity building andcreating networking opportunities for women”. She further stated that the Pitch-a-ton isan expansion of the Womenpreneur Business Workshop, under the Bank’s womenproposition, the W Initiative. “We launched the Pitch-a-ton initiative last year in line withour value proposition as the No. 1 Bank of Choice for women in Nigeria, and we got atremendous amount of applications with innovative business ideas. This year we wantto do more and we want to reach out to more female entrepreneurs not just in Nigeriabut across Africa. “As a responsible financial institution with huge presence in otherAfrican countries, we want to give the same opportunity to other female entrepreneursin Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia as well as Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Gambia, &Congo to apply and participate in this year’s edition of the programme.The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa 2020 will provide up to N9 million financial grantand a unique capacity building program aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs.The programme is designed as a 3-month period incorporating pitching sessions and 8weeks of mini-MBA training in collaboration with the IFC. Interested persons fromNigeria, Ghana, Zambia and Rwanda as well as with extension to Sierra Leone,Mozambique, Gambia, & Congo who meet the criteria are required to fill an onlineapplication. The five hundred candidates selected from this pool will then send in a sixtyseconds video pitch which will be screened by a credible panel of business experts toselect fifty finalists.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 financialgrants up to N5 million.As a leading commercial bank in Nigeria, Access Bank has made significantinvestments aimed at enhancing growth in the Small and Medium-size;Enterprisesector. The Bank is also a major advocate for women in business through innovativeofferings like the W Power Loan, a discounted financing at 15% interest per annum, forwomen to grow their business as well as other Business Support Services.