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, Mozambique, 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, Mozambique, 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.
The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton is the first women-in-business support initiative of its kind in the industry.
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Banking in confidence as well as in convenience is what every financial institution strives to give to its customers. They want their customers to know that the word bank is beyond a physical structure, and with the right innovation, what they can do is limitless.
The ultimate goal here is to bring banking to the fingertips of customers and that is exactly what Access Bank, the biggest retail bank in Africa, is offering to its customers through the AccessMore app. The Bank believes in the power of more and stops at nothing to ensure that their customers have access to only the best banking solutions.
The AccessMore app is a new mobile payment application built on cutting- edge technology, offering tailored and personalized services, and excellent customer experience. The app was built out of the need to deliver to its customers, a world-class banking experience from anywhere and at any time.
Its unique features and benefits help create a wholesome banking experience for its users which positions it as the best digital bank in Africa. These features include Dubai Visa application, Local & International flight bookings, Target savings, Foreign currency transfers, Theme and Colour Scheme Personalization, Customizable Dashboards, Improved Beneficiary Management, Self-Pay QR generation for Intra-bank Transfers, Better customer experience, Account opening for new customers (personal and business), Self-Limit setting, and lots more.
Speaking on the motive behind the invention, CEO Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, stated: In a period like this, when we need to be more present and relevant in the lives of our customers, we have risen to the challenge to ensure that they have access to their funds and can conveniently initiate transactions while keeping safe at home.
“To deliver on our promise to continually give our customers more, we worked with first-class tech experts to build the AccessMore app to suit our customers lifestyles and meet their financial needs
He added: The AccessMore mobile app doesnt only deliver the best combination of both mobile apps, it accommodates the unique needs of existing users delivering the best mobile banking experience on a world-class platform.
In a bid to reward customers for using its digital channels (USSD-*901# and mobile apps- AccessMore, old Access Bank mobile app and Old Diamond Bank mobile app), the transact and win promo was launched and will run from April to December 2020.
Winners of the promo will be rewarded with a brand new car quarterly. Access Bank never fails to be a step ahead when it comes to being innovative and this can easily be attributed to the bond they have with their customers, one that pushes them to keep giving more.