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Access Bank stages its yearly entrepreurship programme called Womenpreneur pitch-A-ton Africa 2020. The programme was launched in 2019 and its sole aim is to empower women across Africa continent.

2020 has been a turbulent year for every one, nevertheless, there is light at the end of the tunnel, so they say.

The programme focuses on capacity building across African countries.

If you are a small and medium scale business owner, you want to expand your business,

you are having a viable business idea the needs finances, or you been looking out for ways to source for capital, worry no more.

A Brief History of Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Africa

Launched in 2019, the Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa was the first women-in-business support initiative of its kind in the industry offered by the Access Bank’s W Initiative.

The program in its maiden edition provided financial grants worth N9Million to the top 5 applicants with a free mini MBA certification for 50 women entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

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This it did in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation (IFC, a member of the World Bank Group).

This year, the program is being extended

to 6 other African countries where Access Bank’s W initiative has its presence.

These countries are Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Zambia, Sierra-Leone, Gambia and Congo hence the tag name “Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Africa.

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.

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  1. You must be a citizen of Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia and Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Gambia, & Congo.
  2. You must be a woman
  3. Minimum age is set at 18
  4. You must be free from any criminal offence. i.e must not have been convicted for any grave misconduct.
  5. You must prove that within the past one year that you were not employee, contractor,officer, director or agent of any of the followings:
    i. Access Bank Plc, or any parent, subsidiary, affiliated of the aforementioned
    ii. any known major sponsor of the programme or or its advertising agency.
    iii.any person or entity supplying services or prizes to the programme.
  6. You may not be a public office holder and must not agree to become one from the date of the audition release until one year after the initial broadcast of the last episode of the programme that you appear.
  7. You must voluntarily subject to a background check.

BENEFITS ACCRUED TO THE WINNERS – Access Bank Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Africa 2020

  1. It provides financial grants worth N9Million to the top 5 applicants.
  2. it offers a free mini MBA certification for 50 women entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
  3. The programme is designed as a 3-month period incorporating pitching sessions and 8 weeks of mini-MBA training in collaboration with the IFC.
  4. 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.
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