The Access Bank Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa Season 3 for Female African Entrepreneurs has commenced. Applications are now open with a deadline of August 13, 2021.
The Womenpreneur pitch-a-ton program was designed to provide grants, expert training sessions and mentoring opportunities to female-owned businesses to expand their operations and a free mini MBA (Master of Business Administration) certification to 50 women entrepreneurs in Africa.
The program was launched in 2019 as a first of its kind to support innovative African businesses run by females in Nigeria. It was put in place by one of the leading retail banks in Africa, Access Bank, in partnership with a member of the World Bank Group, The International Finance Corporation (IFC). This year, the program is open to nine (9) other African countries where the Access Bank's Initiative also operates: Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Kenya, Mozambique and Congo.
- Women within the age range of 18-45 years are eligible to apply.
- Must have an existing business operating for at least a year with at least 50% female ownership.
- The company may be in any of the above-listed countries.
- Financial grants up to N9 million to the top 5 applicants.
- World-class business training and mentoring opportunities.
- A certified mini MBA.
Independent business experts will screen all online applications and select 500 candidates required to send in a sixty-second video pitch. The candidates get the opportunity to be selected as part of the final 100 candidates who will benefit from an exclusive and certified mini MBA and grant prizes.
For more information, visit www.womenpreneur.ng
Nigeria in focus
GDP: $448.12 billion compared to Rwanda's $10.354 billion in 2019
Population: 200,963,599 compared Rwanda's 12,626,950 in 2019
GDP per capita: $2,229 compared to Rwanda's $820.025 in 2019