Leading financial institution in Nigeria, Access Bank Plc. has partnered with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) through its Accesspreneur program to empower 20 NYSC corp members across the country with N30 million grant.
A total of N30 million was given out to corpers with winning entrepreneurial ideas in Abuja, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo and Rivers states as the star winners received N1 million each.
The Group Head, Consumer Banking, Adaeze Umeh who made the announcement during the NYSC-Access Bank Accessprenuer competition in Abuja, said;
“Access Bank 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.”
“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 community has about 5,000 members.”
Speaking on the gesture, one of the beneficiaries and Abuja star-prize winner, Laura Momodu who is a fashion designer said;
“I thank Access Bank. 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.”
Also, Vivian Charles (first runner-up) who was awarded with N750,000 for her ideas on healthy spices, said;
“I say a very big thank you to Access Bank; 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.”
Access Bank also rewarded other corp members in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th-10th positions with N400,000, N250,000, N150,000 and N100,000 respectively.