Access Bank Plc has reiterated its commitment to providing financial and business skills to the interest of women entrepreneurs by announcing the launch of its Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton 2019.
Commenting on the Launch In Lagos, the Coordinator, W Initiative in Access Bank, Ayona Aguele-Trimnell, stated that the Pitch-A-Ton was an expansion of the Womenpreneur Business Workshop.
Aguele-Trimnell further explained that the capacity building initiative would provide financial grants as well as mini-MBA, in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group for 50 winners.
She added that, Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton is targeted at women above the age of 18, who have been in business for at least one year
Trimnell said that the initiative would provide up to N10 million financial grant, and a unique capacity building programme aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs. The Pitch-A-Ton is designed as a 3-month programme incorporating pitching sessions and 3 weeks of mini-MBA training in collaboration with the IFC. Access Bank has been a leading advocate for women’s economic empowerment in Nigeria.
“This is the key motivation for the W Initiative which caters for the women economy, particularly in the areas of capacity building and creating networking opportunities for women,’’ she said.
Also speaking, Ada Udechukwu, Head, Women Banking, said interested persons who meet the criteria are required to apply online. She said that 500 candidates selected from the pool would then send in a 60 seconds video pitch which would be screened by a credible panel of business experts to select 50 finalists. As part of the graduation requirements, the 50 finalists will pitch their businesses, infusing learnings from the mini-MBA and will stand an opportunity to win financial grants up to N5 million,’’ she said.