(Head of Business, NerdzFactory), Goodnews Itiaba (Moderator),Ruth Kusemiju
(Marketing and Communication specialist), Olaronke Oni (Serial Entrepreneur)
of Glorious Vine Kitchen(Winner, Grant Pitch) Chinonso Nwosu (Account Manager,
Thelma Eweama (Programs Manager, NerdzFactory Foundation), Chinonso Nwosu
(Account Manager, Access Bank)
Call4Gas(First runner-up, Grant Pitch), Ganiyat Yakub of Neeyahs-Farm(Second
runner-up, Grant Pitch), Thelma Eweama (Programs Manager, NerdzFactory
Thursday, February 30th, 2023
NerdzFactory Foundation partners with Access Corporation to offer grants in support of women-owned SMEs
In a bid to commemorate International Women’s Day, NerdzFactory Foundation partnered with Access Corporation to host a summit at Afe Babalola Hall, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos. The summit is part of the Women Digital Entrepreneurship Program (WDEP), which aims to equip women with the necessary skills, information, and resources to start, grow, and monetize their online businesses.
The event which aimed to provide women entrepreneurs with the necessary tools to succeed online featured a panel discussion on skills required for empowering women’s business growth through digital technology, including branding and tips on how to leverage the internet for business growth.
The Women Digital Entrepreneurship Program (WDEP) has impacted over 1,500 women through a series of webinars, Bootcamps, and the WDEP summit.
The summit panelists included Boma Agina-Obu (Founder of EkoCrib), Prince Chigbundu (Head of Business at NerdzFactory), Ruth Kusemiju (Marketing, and Communication Specialist),Olaronke Oni, Serial Entrepreneur, With Goodnews Itiaba as the moderator of the session.
Speaking at the event, Boma urged entrepreneurs to ensure excellence when starting out, as this will determine the lifespan of any business. She also stated profit making should top the list of a new business but rather the delivery of value and impact, as delivering value brings profit as the business grows. Olaronke also advised entrepreneurs to ensure competence and the need to niche down in their business, as these are the metrics to get the right value for services rendered or product sold.
The WDEP summit also held the final grant pitch competition. The grant pitch competition had 99 entries and the top 10 businesses had the 1st phase of the grant pitch before the summit, while top five entrepreneurs presented their business ideas during the event. From the grant pitch session, three entrepreneurs emerged winners of the grant; Winner of the grant, Titilayo Olaniyan (Founder of GVK Integrated Services Limited), Agnes Alfred Benedict (Founder of Call for Gas Limited) second prize ,Yakub Ganiyat Folusho (Founder of Neeyahs-farms) third prize, with cash prizes of N250,000, N150,000, and N100,000 respectively.
The summit was a resounding success, and the winners expressed their gratitude for the support received. In attendance was Chinonso Nwosu and Daniel Ilori (Account Managers at Access Bank), among others. The organizers plan to continue supporting women entrepreneurs by providing them with the necessary resources and skills for business success.
Prince Chigbundu, Head of Business at NerdFactory Foundation, highlighted the critical stage the country is in, where the number of unemployed youth exceeds the number of available economic opportunities.
He said, “We have to be deliberate in equipping young people, especially the women in Nigeria to enable them thrive both in Nigeria and anywhere around the world”