Access Bank Plc, through the Accesspreneur programme in partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) recently empowered 20 corps members having exceptional and winning ideas with grants totaling N30m.
The star winning entrepreneurial ideas who emerged from Abuja, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo and Rivers states and received N1m each, according to Access Bank’s Group Head, Consumer Banking, Adaeze Umeh, during the NYSC Access Bank Accessprenuer competition held in Abuja.
Access Bank, she said, “has been in a strategic partnership with NYSC since 2016. The relationship further evolved into the launch of Accessprenuer: The NYSC edition in February 2021.
“So far, we have completed six editions of Accessprenuer competition, impacting over 390 corps members with over N165m seed capital. We have also created a Facebook community for all Accessprenuer winners to be able to interact freely amongst themselves and inspire other young people with similar aspirations. The Facebook community has about 5,000 members” she added.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed their profound gratitude to the bank for the financial support adding that it will go a long way to helping them achieve their dreams.
Abuja star-prize winner, Laura Momodu, a fashion designer, appreciated Access Bank for the gesture.
“I didn’t expect to win because fashion designing is something that everybody does. I want to say that I do not take this for granted and you will definitely see my name on TVs and billboards,” she noted.
Also, the first runner-up, Vivian Charles who went home with N750,000 for her ideas on healthy spices used for meals, in appreciation to the bank, said “Access Bank has been able to help me achieve my dream in no small way. This is huge; this is massive to my business and will actually help me push forward.
“A very big thank you to Access Bank and I pray that utilizing this cash for what it is actually meant for, my business will not just grow but be heard across the globe.”
The Bank also rewarded other Corp members in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th -10th categories with N400,000, N250,000, N150,000, and N100,000 respectively.