Access Bank Launches The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton For African-women-businesses


Aug. 9, 2021, 12:37 p.m.

Access Bank has launched the third edition of the Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa program 2021. The Pitch-a-ton Africa program forms parts of the bank’s promise to continuously provide financial and business skills to female entrepreneurs.

During the program, these entrepreneurs will be access opportunities to finance and world-class business training as well as mentoring opportunities. Additionally, the program has been tailored to create an enabling environment for female entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

In 2020, Access Bank was able to expand the program to other female entrepreneurs across 7 African countries with 3 winners emerging from Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Zambia out of 50 finalists. This year, the program will be bigger, with up to 100 women entrepreneurs who will emerge as finalists.

Speaking at the launch of the third edition of the initiative, Ayona Trimnell, Group Head W Initiative, said, “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”.

Interested persons from these African countries: Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Rwanda, Mozambique, South Africa, DRC, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia are entreated to apply.

All interested applicants must have;

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  • An existing business for at least one year with at least 50% female ownership.
  • Be between the age range of 18-45 years

All online applications will be reviewed and screened by independent business experts who will then select the final top 100 candidates to benefit from an exclusive and certified Mini-MBA and grant prizes.

“The program is designed as a 3-month period comprising 12 weeks of mini-MBA training in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and pitching sessions to a Pan-African Jury panel. The top 100 finalists will pitch their businesses, infusing learnings from the mini-MBA and will stand an opportunity to win financial grants and other consolation prizes,” concluded Ayona.

Application closes August 13, 2021

About Access Bank

Access Bank Plc is a full-service commercial Bank operating through a network of over 600 branches and service outlets located in major centers across Nigeria, Sub Saharan Africa, and the United Kingdom. Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1998, the Bank serves its various markets through 5 business segments: Institutional, Commercial, Retail Banking, Transaction Services, and Financial Markets.

The Bank has over 800,000 shareholders including several Nigerian and International Institutional Investors and has enjoyed what is arguably Africa’s most successful banking growth trajectory in the last ten years ranking amongst Africa’s top 15 banks by total assets and capital. As part of its continued growth strategy, Access Bank is focused on mainstreaming sustainable business practices into its operations. The Bank strives to deliver sustainable economic growth that is profitable, environmentally responsible, and socially relevant.


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