Access Bank Excites Female SMEs across Africa with Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Africa 2020

As part of its promise to continuously provide financial and business support to female entrepreneurs, Access Bank Zambia has unveiled its maiden 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 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 on the initiative, Managing Director Mrs. Joana Bannerman, said, “Access Bank has been a leading advocate for women’s economic empowerment and this is the key motivation for the ‘W’ Initiative which caters to the 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. The Pitch-a-ton initiative was first launched last year at Access Bank PLC in Nigeria in line with our value proposition as the No. 1 Bank of Choice for women in Nigeria, and we got a tremendous number of applications with innovative business ideas. This year, Access Bank wants to do more and wants to reach out to more female entrepreneurs not just in Nigeria but across Africa. “As a responsible financial institution with presence in several African countries, we want to give the same opportunity to other female entrepreneurs in Zambia, Ghana, and Rwanda as well as Sierra Leone, 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 ZMW 235, 000.00 in financial grants and a unique capacity building program aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs. It is designed as a 3-month programme incorporating pitching sessions and 8 weeks of mini-MBA training in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Interested persons from Zambia, who meet the criteria are required to fill an online application. The comprehensive list of requirements can be found online by clicking on the link provided below.
As part of the graduation requirements, fifty finalists will pitch their businesses, infusing learnings from the mini-MBA and will stand an opportunity to win financial grants up to ZMW 235, 000.00.
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 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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