Access Bank Womenpreneur Pitch, Empowering female Entrepreneurs across Africa

Womenpreneur Pitch Details

Access Bank launches Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Season 3. Empowering female Entrepreneurs across Africa

As part of the Bank’s mandate to empower female entrepreneurs with financial and
business skills, Access Bank Plc has unveiled the third edition of its Womenpreneur Pitcha-ton Africa programme.
The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa programme is designed to provide female-owned
businesses across Africa an opportunity to access finance, world-class business training 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 third edition of the initiative, Ayona Trimnell, Group Head
W Initiative, said, “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”.

She further stated that 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 100,000
applications over the last 2 years.

In 2020, despite the pandemic, we were able to expand the programme to another female
entrepreneurs across 7 African countries with 3 winners emerging from Sierra Leone,
Ghana and Zambia out of 50 finalists.

This year we are making the programme bigger
and better by increasing the numbers to 100 women entrepreneurs who will emerge as
finalists. The programme will also be opening up to a total of 9 African countries  Nigeria,
Ghana, Zambia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra
Leone and the Gambia”.

The 2021 Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa programme will officially kick off on Monday,
June 21st – August 13th, 2021 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-
45 years are eligible and required to fill an online application on www.womenpreneur.ng
All online applications will be reviewed and screened by independent business experts to
five hundred (500) candidates will be required to send in a sixty-second video pitch
for the opportunity to be selected as part of the final top 100 candidates who will benefit
from an exclusive and certified Mini-MBA and grant prizes.

“The programme is designed as a 3-month period comprising 12 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 one hundred (100) finalists will pitch
their businesses, infusing learnings from the mini-MBA and will stand an opportunity to
win financial grants and other consolation prizes.”

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.

The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa Programme is the first women-in-business support
initiative of its kind in the industry. Access Bank launches Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Season 3. Empowering female Entrepreneurs across Africa

As part of the Bank’s mandate to empower female entrepreneurs with financial and
business skills, Access Bank Plc has unveiled the third edition of its Womenpreneur Pitcha-ton Africa programme.
The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa programme is designed to provide female-owned
businesses across Africa an opportunity to access finance, world-class business training 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 third edition of the initiative, Ayona Trimnell, Group Head
W Initiative, said, “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”.

She further stated that “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 100,000
applications over the last 2 years.

In 2020, despite the pandemic, we were able to expand the programme to other female
entrepreneurs across 7 African countries with 3 winners emerging from Sierra Leone,
Ghana and Zambia out of 50 finalists. This year we are making the programme bigger
and better by increasing the numbers to 100 women entrepreneurs who will emerge as
finalists. The programme will also be opening up to a total of 9 African countries – Nigeria,
Ghana, Zambia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra
Leone and the Gambia”.

The 2021 Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa programme will officially kick off on Monday,
June 21st – August 13th, 2021 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-
45 years are eligible and required to fill an online application on www.womenpreneur.ng
All online applications will be reviewed and screened by independent business experts to
five hundred (500) candidates will be required to send in a sixty-second video pitch
for the opportunity to be selected as part of the final top 100 candidates who will benefit
from an exclusive and certified Mini-MBA and grant prizes.

“The programme is designed as a 3-month period comprising 12 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 one hundred (100) finalists will pitch
their businesses, infusing learnings from the mini-MBA and will stand an opportunity to
win financial grants and other consolation prizes.

As a leading commercial bank in Nigeria, Access Bank has made significant investments
aimed at enhancing growth in the Small and Medium-size Enterprise sectors.

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 Africa Programme is the first women-in-business support
an initiative of its kind in the industry.

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