Access Bank launches Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Season 5.
Retail giant Access Bank plc has unveiled the W initiative Womenprenuer Pitch-a-ton
The W Initiative is aimed at inspiring, connecting and empowering women while riding
on the Access Bank’s vision to be the Bank of choice for women in the markets and
communities being served.
This is the basis of the Bank’s mandate to empower female entrepreneurs with financial
and business skills through the Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton programme.
The programme is designed to provide female owned businesses across Africa an
opportunity to access finance, world-class business trainings as well as mentoring
Speaking to newsmen recently, Abiodun Olubitan, Group Head W Initiative said, “This
programme has been designed to create an enabling environment for female
entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Access Bank has been a leading advocate for
women’s economic empowerment in Africa and this is the key motivation for the ‘W’
Initiative which caters to the women economy particularly in the areas of financing,
capacity building and creating networking opportunities for women.
We launched the first Womenpreneur pitch-a-ton initiative in 2019 in line with our value
proposition to be the No. 1 Bank of Choice for women in Nigeria, and we have received
over 150,000 applications over the last 4 years, awarded the Mini-MBA training to 300
women and provided over N45 million in grants. This year, we are making the
programme bigger and better by increasing the number to 120 women entrepreneurs
who will emerge as finalists.
The 2023 Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton programme will officially kick off on Monday, June
26 – August 11, 2023 and will offer financial grants, an exclusive certified capacity.
Building program and business coaching aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs.
Interested female entrepreneurs who meet the criteria of having an existing business for
at least one year with at least 50% female ownership and between the age range of 18-
55 years are eligible and required to fill an online application
All online applications will be reviewed and screened by independent business experts
for all five hundred (500) candidates who will be required to send in a sixty-second video
pitch for the opportunity to be selected as part of the final top 120 candidates. They will
benefit from an exclusive and certified Mini-MBA and grant prizes. The programme is
designed for a 3-month period comprising 8 weeks of mini-MBA training in collaboration
with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and pitching sessions to a Pan-African
Jury panel where the top finalists will pitch their businesses, infusing learnings from the
mini-MBA and will stand an opportunity to win financial grants and other consolation
prizes.” Abiodun concluded.
About Access Bank
Access Bank is a Nigerian multinational commercial bank owned by Access Bank Group
and licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria. The bank has a strong focus on innovation,
technology, and customer service and is committed to helping its customers achieve
their financial goals. It aims to deliver economic growth that is profitable, sustainable,
and socially relevant. With over 60 million customers, Access Bank remains the largest
bank in Africa by customer base. 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. The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton
Programme is the first women-in-business support initiative of its kind in the industry.
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