By Fabiola Kemegni
Access Bank has launched the second edition of Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton programme in a bid to provide female owned businesses across Africa, the opportunity to access finance and world-class business trainings as well as mentoring opportunities. This three-months programme was unveiled on June 22, 2020 and ends on August 14, 2020.
The Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Africa 2020 will provide about ₦9 million, approximately $24.000 financial grant and a unique capacity building program aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs. The programme is designed over 3-month period incorporating pitching sessions and 8 weeks of mini-MBA training in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation, IFC.
According to the group head for the “W” initiative of Access Bank, Ayona Trimnell, Access Bank has been a leading advocate for women’s economic empowerment in Nigeria and it is the key motivation for the “W” Initiative which provides opportunities to Womenpreneur essentially in the domain of capacity building and creating networking opportunities for women.
The Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Africa 2020 Campaign is expected to reach out to more female entrepreneurs for more innovative ideas not just in Nigeria but across Africa. Unlike in the previous edition, the Access Bank intend to give the same opportunity to other female entrepreneurs in Ghana, Rwanda, and Zambia as well as Sierra Leone, Gambia, and Congo to apply and participate in this year’s edition of the programme.
Therefore, female entrepreneurs across Africa who are interested and meet with the required criteria are expected to fill an online application. The five hundred candidates selected from this pool will then send in a sixty seconds video pitch which will be screened by a credible panel of business experts to select 50 finalists.
These 50 candidates will have the chance to earn an INF Mini MBA and win up to ₦5.000.000 grants from Access Bank to be received in their country’s local currency.