Access Bank Plc has launched the W initiative Womenprenuer Pitch-a-ton Season 5 which is aimed is to inspire, connect and empower women while riding on the Access Bank’s vision to be the Bank of choice for women in the markets and communities being served.
The Bank’s mandate is to empower female entrepreneurs with financial and business skills through the Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton programme designed to provide female-owned businesses across Africa an opportunity to access finance, world-class business training as well as mentoring opportunities.
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’s economy, particularly in the areas of financing, capacity building and creating networking opportunities for women
Launched in 2019, the Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton program is the first women-in-business support initiative of its kind in the industry offered by Access Bank’s W Initiative.
The program in its maiden edition provided a free mini-MBA certification for 50 women entrepreneurs in Nigeria as well as financial grants worth N9 million to the top 3 applicants.
This, it did, in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation (IFC, a member of the World Bank Group). Subsequently, the program was extended to 10 other African countries where Access Bank’s W initiative has its presence.
The program has since provided Mini-MBA to over 300 women entrepreneurs across Africa. This year hosts the 5th season of the program and seeks to provide mini-MBA certification to another 120 women entrepreneurs in Nigeria as well as grants worth over N17 million Naira to WSMEs.
• Applicant must have an Access Bank account number (Individual or Business
• Applicant must be a woman in Business with a minimum of 50% ownership
• Applicant must be between the ages 18 to 55
• Applicant’s Business must have been operating for over 1yr
• Applicant must complete and submit the application form
• Applicant must submit a one-minute video pitch about the Business
• Applicant must have a Business account with Access Bank
• Applicant’s Business must be registered
IFC-certified Mini-MBA & up to N5m grant.
Application closes August 11th, 2023