Access Bank Excites Female SMEs across Africa with Womenpreneur
Pitch-A-Ton Second Edition
As part of its promise to continuously provide financial and business skills to female
entrepreneurs, leading retail bank in Nigeria, Access Bank Plc has unveiled the second
edition of its Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton programme.
The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa 2020 Campaign is designed to provide female owned
businesses across Africa an opportunity to access to finance and world-class business
trainings 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 second edition of this initiative, Ayona Trimnell, Group Head
W Initiative, said, “Access Bank has been a leading advocate for women’s economic
empowerment in Nigeria and this is the key motivation for the ‘W’ Initiative which caters
to the women economy particularly in the areas of capacity building and creating
networking opportunities for women”. She further stated that the Pitch-a-ton is an
expansion of the Womenpreneur Business Workshop, under the Bank’s women
proposition, the W Initiative. “We launched the Pitch-a-ton initiative last year in line with
our value proposition as the No. 1 Bank of Choice for women in Nigeria, and we got a
tremendous amount of applications with innovative business ideas. This year we want to
do more and we want to reach out to more female entrepreneurs not just in Nigeria but
across Africa. “As a responsible financial institution with huge presence in other African
countries, we want to give the same opportunity to other female entrepreneurs in Ghana,
Rwanda and Zambia as well as Sierra Leone, Gambia, & Congo to apply and participate
in this year’s edition of the programme.
The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa 2020 will provide up to N9 million financial grant
and a unique capacity building program aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs. The
programme is designed as a 3-month period incorporating pitching sessions and 8 weeks
of mini-MBA training in collaboration with the IFC. Interested persons from Nigeria,
Ghana, Zambia and Rwanda as well as with extension to Sierra Leone, Gambia, & Congo
who meet the criteria are required 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 fifty finalists.
As part of the graduation requirements, the fifty finalists will pitch their businesses,
infusing learnings from the mini-MBA and will stand an opportunity to win financial grants
up to N5 million.
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.