Access Bank Plc has launched its W Initiative Womenprenuer Pitch-a-ton Season 5 geared at inspiring, connecting and empowering females. The initiative is part of the financial institution’s mandate to empower female entrepreneurs with economic and business skills.
The programme is designed to provide female-owned businesses across Africa an opportunity to access finance, world-class trainings and mentorship.
Group Head, W Initiative, Abiodun Olubitan, 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 networking opportunities for women.”
“We launched the first Womenpreneur pitch-a-ton initiative in 2019 in line with our value proposition to be the number one bank of choice for women in Nigeria, and we have received over 150,000 applications over the last four 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 has officially kicked off on Monday, June 26 to August 11, and will offer financial grants, an exclusive certified capacity building programme 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 per cent female ownership and between the age ranges of 18 to 55 years, are eligible and required to fill an online application on www.womenpreneur.ng.”