Yesterday- 18th December 2018- 44 budding entrepreneurs had the opportunity of a lifetime when they were awarded the sum of N84.5m business grants by the International Breweries Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme, a Corporate Social Initiative of International Breweries PLC.
The lucky entrepreneurs received the business grant at the award ceremony of the third edition of the Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme which took place at Dolly Hills Hotel, Onitsha.
The journey to the third edition of the Programme began with the call for applications 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 judged based on the strength and sustainability of the business ideas by a team of judges led by Professor Chukwuma Osisioma who carefully selected the final winners of the Programme.
Chairman of the Foundation, His Majesty Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, The Obi of Onitsha (Agbogidi), urged all the awardees to use their business grants and all they have learned during the business training to create value for themselves and the society.
The Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, thanked International Breweries Plc for continuing to train, empower and encourage young entrepreneurs in the country.
Eze Calista, one of the top winners at the award ceremony who spoke on behalf of the awardees, expressed gratitude to International Breweries Plc for giving them with the opportunity of a lifetime by providing access to business professionals and experts during the business training, millions of naira in business grants and a year-long mentorship.