The bank expands its initiative for businesswomen
A multinational bank has unveiled the third edition of a program that aims to stimulate women in business.
Access Bank of Nigeria’s Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa program is designed to increase access to finance for women-owned businesses and includes business training and mentoring.
Ayona Trimnell, Head of the W Initiative Group, said that Access Bank is a leading advocate for women’s economic empowerment through funding, capacity building and creating networking opportunities.
“We launched the first Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton initiative in 2019 in line with our value proposition of being the number one bank for women in Nigeria, and we have received over 100,000 applications over the past two years.” , she said at the launch of the initiative.
In 2020, despite the pandemic, the bank was able to extend the program to women entrepreneurs in seven countries with three laureates from Sierra Leone, Ghana and Zambia out of 50 finalists.
“This year, we are expanding and improving the program by increasing the number of women entrepreneurs to 100 who will become finalists,” said Ms. Trimnell.
“The program will also open in nine African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Gambia.
The 2021 edition ends on August 13.