The selected female entrepreneurs have also received one on one mentorship with established business owners.
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Over 150 responses were received out of which 10 women were selected to go through a 4 month business strategy and development course. These included in-depth capacity building session from established business leaders, one on one mentorship opportunities with successful female business owners, as well as networking opportunities.
Top business leaders such as Ndidi Nwuneli, Femi Longe, Tara Fela Durotoye, Omoyemi Akerele, Biola Alabi, Tale Alimi, Stephanie Obi, Tomilayo Aluko to mention just a few were some of the top class business leaders and facilitators who provided a range of business development and capacity building courses.
The selected female entrepreneurs have also received one on one mentorship with established business owners such as Ada Osakwe of Agolay Ventures, Joycee Awosika of Oriki, Gbemi Adebayo of Hagai and Esther and Isoken Ogiemwonyi of Zazzai, Glory Edozien of Inspired by Glory to mention only a few. The aim of the business accelerator programme has been to power the next generation of female entrepreneurs with the required business skills to scale up their business and compete effectively in the economy.
The next stage of the programme is the official pitch competition which will see 10 of these women present their business plan to a select panel of judges with the winner receiving the “Female Entrepreneur Scale up Grant” Powered by Addosser Micro Finance bank. The pitch competition and the selection of the winner have been aptly timed to commemorate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) which holds on the 18 of November 2016.