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  • As part of its promise to continuously provide financial and business skills to female
    entrepreneurs, leading retail bank in Nigeria, Access Bank Plc has unveiled the second
    edition of its Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton programme.
    The Womenpreneur Pitchaton Africa 2020 Campaign is designed to provide female owned
    businesses across Africa an opportunity to access to finance and worldclass business
    trainings as well as mentoring opportunities. This programme has been designed to create
    an enabling environment for female entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.
    Speaking at the launch of the second edition of this initiative, Ayona Trimnell, Group
    Head W Initiative, said, “Access Bank has been a leading advocate for women’s
    economic empowerment in Nigeria and this is the key motivation for the ‘W’ Initiative
    which caters to the women economy particularly in the areas of capacity building and
    creating networking opportunities for women”. She further stated that the Pitch-a-ton is
    an expansion of the Womenpreneur Business Workshop, under the Bank’s women
    proposition, the W Initiative. “We 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. “As 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’s edition of the programme.
    The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa 2020 will provide up to N9 million financial grant
    and a unique capacity building program aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs.
    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 five hundred 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.
    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.
    As a leading commercial bank in Nigeria, Access Bank has made significant
    investments aimed at enhancing growth in the Small and Medium-size;Enterprise
    sector. The Bank 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.

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