Mr. Chuma Umunna, Otunba Michael Daramola, Mr. Muyiwa Ayojimi
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Onitsha: 13, August, 2018: International Breweries PLC is proud to announce the commencement of the 3rd edition of its Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme, a Corporate Social Investment initiative aimed at empowering and inspiring budding entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

This year, the foundation is expanding to include more states; young entrepreneurs from Abia, Anambra, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers states can now apply for a chance to participate in the programme.

Professor Chinyere Stella Okunna – Board Member, Hero’s Foundation Board of Trustees_ Mr. Chuma Umunna, Corporate Affairs Manager, International Breweries Plc.

Professor Chinyere Stella Okunna – Board Member, Hero’s Foundation Board of Trustees_ Mr. Chuma Umunna, Corporate Affairs Manager, International Breweries Plc

The Company Secretary / General Counsel of International Breweries Plc, Mr. Muyiwa Ayojimi who addressed journalists during the media launch of the 2018 edition of the Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme in Onitsha said, “We launched the programme in 2016 to touch lives and inspire young people especially in the face of economic challenges in the country. Despite the fact that our economy is slowly pulling out of a recession the International Breweries Hero’s Foundation has been able to keep to its promise of making this programme an annual event.”

“We initially kicked off the programme with youths residing in the core south-eastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states; in 2017, we expanded our horizon to include Benue, Delta, and Edo states. I am proud to announce that this year we will be expanding further to include Rivers state to the list of participating states.”

Mr. Muyiwa Ayojimi further explained that applications for the 2018 edition of the Hero’s Foundation Kickstart programme are open to youths between 18 and 35 years residing and doing business in the participating states. He said “Successful applicants will undergo a one-week intensive business training session with experts from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Business School after which they will be required to develop and submit their business proposals. A team of judges will sift through the proposals based on their strength and sustainability. The final winners will be announced and given start-up/expansion fund at an award ceremony which will take place later in the year.”

Since the Hero’s Foundation Kickstart programme commenced in 2016, 64 enterprising entrepreneurs in participating states have been empowered with the sum of N132 million, business training, and mentorship to turn their big ideas into sustainable businesses.

Interested applicants should visit the Foundation’s website, www.herokickstartnigeria.org to fill out the form and upload their business proposals or pick up hard copies from designated centers across the states for a chance to participate.

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