The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa programme is designed to provide female-owned businesses across Africa an opportunity to access finance, world-class business training as well as mentoring opportunities. This programme has been designed to create an enabling environment for female entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.
Launched in 2019, the Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa was the first women-in-business support initiative of its kind in the industry offered by the Access Bank W Initiative.
The program in its maiden edition provided financial grants worth N9Million to the top 5 applicants with a free mini MBA certification for 50 women entrepreneurs in Nigeria. This it did in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation.
This year, the program is being extended to 8 other African countries where Access Bank’s W initiative has its presence and 100 women entrepreneurs will emerge as finalists.
These countries are Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Kenya, Mozambique, and Congo hence the tag name “Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Africa.
The programme 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 where the top one hundred (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.
- Offer financial grants
- An exclusive certified capacity-building program and business coaching aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs.
- Having an existing business for at least one year with at least 50% female ownership and between the age range of 18-45 years.
All online applications will be reviewed and screened by independent business experts to five hundred (500) candidates. They will be required to send in a sixty-second video pitch for the opportunity to be selected as part of the final top 100 candidates who will benefit from an exclusive and certified Mini-MBA and grant prizes.
Application are now open and closes on August 13, 2021. If you meet the criteria, please apply here.