Access Bank Plc has unveiled plans for the second edition of its Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton programme, a platform designed to provide female business persons access to finance and mentoring opportunities.
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”.
Ms Trimnell further added 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, Mozambique, Gambia and Congo to apply and participate in this year’s edition of the programme,” she added.
Up to N9 million grant will be provided to women who pass through d programme which is designed as a 3-month period incorporating pitching sessions and eight-weeks of mini-MBA training in collaboration with the IFC.