The programme was also 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 creating networking opportunities for women,” Group Head, ‘W’ Initiative of the bank, Ms. Ayona Trimnell, said.
“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 100,000 applications over the last two years.
“This year we are making the programme bigger and better by increasing the numbers to 100 women entrepreneurs who will emerge as finalists.”Ms. Ayona Trimnell – Group Head ‘W’ Initiative, Access Bank
“In 2020, despite the pandemic, we were able to expand the programme to other female entrepreneurs across seven African countries with three winners emerging from Sierra Leone, Ghana and Zambia out of 50 finalists.”
The 2021 Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa programme officially kicked off on Monday, June 21, 2021, and will last till August 13, 2021.
“This year we are making the programme bigger and better by increasing the numbers to 100 women entrepreneurs who will emerge as finalists,” Ayona added.
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 range of 18- 45 years are eligible and were required to fill an online application.
“All online applications will be reviewed and screened by independent business experts and 500 candidates who will be required to send in a 60-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 bank added.