44 youth entrepreneurs win N84.5m at International Breweries Hero’s Kickstart Programme awards

December 24th, 2018

CYNTHIA CHIDINMA IGBOKWE writes that it was jubilation in Onitsha Anambra state as forty-four (44) budding Entrepre­neurs went home with N84.5m business grant at the third edition of International Breweries (IB PLC) Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme Awards that held yesterday, at Dolly Hills Hotel, Onitsha.

The journey to the third edi­tion of the Programme began with a call for application in August 2018.

Over 120 successful participants were invited to a rigorous one-week business training at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Business School in Awka after which they submitted their business Proposals.

The proposals were scrutinized based on the strength and sustain­ability of their business ideas by a team of judges led by Professor Chukwuma Osisioma who care­fully selected the final winners of the rogramme.

Chairman of the Foundation, His Majesty Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, The Obi of Onitsha (Agbogidi), while welcoming guests to the cer­emony expressed joy that the foun­dation was able to run another suc­cessful Hero’s Foundation Kickstart programme. He urged all the awar­dees to use their businessgrants and all they have learned during the business training to create value for themselves and the society.

In his words: “I urge you all to ab­sorb everything you have learned during the business training and apply them to your businesses as you move forward. Running busi­nesses is not for the faint-hearted, especially in Nigeria. I urge you all to keep pushing, do not relent, make the most of this amazing op­portunity you have been gifted to create value for yourself and for the society.”

In an address delivered at the award ceremony, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, thanked International Breweries Plc for continuing to train, empower and encourage young entrepreneurs in the country.

“The Hero’s Foundation has tak­en upon itself the mission to instill the culture of entrepreneurship in our youth by empowering them with much-needed training and funds to start-up new businesses or expand already existing ones. This brilliant purpose has pleased the governor, as well as fellow mem­bers of his administration because bridging the gap between the youth and productivity is a project we embark on with sincere passion,” Okeke said.

The Hero’s Foundation Kickstart programme is a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) of International Breweries Plc aimed at instilling a culture of entrepreneurship among Nigerian youths.

The programme kicked off in 2016 with the five core eastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo but it has since ex­panded to include Benue, Edo and Delta State.

This year, the programme fur­ther cast its net to include youths in Bayelsa and Rivers States.

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