Access Bank chief executive Sugendhree Reddy and Rotondwa Musitha, the owner and founder of Trash Converters in South Africa. Musitha came fifth in the 2021 Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Africa competition. Photos: Supplied/ Ventureburn
On the eve of South Africa’s official Women’s Day celebrations, Access Bank South Africa has announced a new programme in which three women-owned start-ups will each receive a financial boost.
This follows last year’s Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Africa hosted by Access Bank, Africa’s leading bank by customer base and also the largest retail bank in Nigeria. The pitch-a-ton is described as an opportunity to access finance, world-class business training and mentoring opportunities.
Now, a specific leg of the competition was launched for South Africa-founded businesses. The initiative offers “progressive, motivated women” a chance to pitch their businesses and possibly win cash prizes as well as a R50 000 education voucher. The winner walks away with R100 000 while the runner-up and third prize winner receives R75 000 and R50 000, respectively.
“These amounts are life changing for the winners,” remarked Access Bank chief executive Sugendhree Reddy.
“Having extended the Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton Africa footprint to South Africa, Access Bank presents the opportunity for women in our country to compete and stand to win incredible prizes, including R50 000 for the top ten finalists to use towards an educational course to upskill themselves.”
Enter to win with Access Bank
Entries close on Wednesday, 31 August 2022. Women entrepreneurs who run their own businesses by accessing the dedicated website. Your operation must be innovative and require a grant and additional training to expand. Online applications are submitted via a questionnaire.
Reddy says as a committed supporter of women empowerment, Access Bank SA encourages women to take up leadership positions and backs this with assistance for the broader women population to dream, build and achieve their business goals.
Access Bank operates through a network of more than 600 branches and service outlets, spanning three continents, 12 countries and 31 million customers. The bank employs 28 000 people in its operations in Nigeria and has subsidiaries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom and representative offices in China, Lebanon and India.