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International Breweries Launches the Third Edition of the Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme

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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Intafact Hero’s Foundation Rewards Budding Entrepreneurs

Onitsha, August 29, 2017: The Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme; a CSI initiative of Intafact Beverages Limited has just concluded its 2nd award ceremony which rewarded 40 budding entrepreneurs’ with the sum of eighty-two million naira.

Now in its second year, the Intafact Hero’s Foundation continues to promote and instil a culture of entrepreneurship among Nigerian youths to enable them reach their full potentials via the intensive training, seed capital and mentoring provided through its Kickstart programme.

Whilst welcoming guests to the award ceremony, the Chairman of Intafact Hero’s Foundation, His Majesty, Nnaemeka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha noted that “through Intafact Hero’s Foundation- CSI programme, it has empowered Nigerian youths to contribute meaningfully to the economic growth of Nigeria especially as the programme has been expanded to accommodate more states such as Benue, Delta and Edo beyond the five South Eastern States which the programme started with”.

Speaking also at the event, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano encouraged the youths and awardees to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme. He posited that “to become a successful entrepreneur, you must be passionate about your craft, resilient and disciplined, especially in the face of the current economic challenges. You must be ready to push ahead with the same strength, focus and vision that brought you to this point, and be ready to always go the extra mile and create value”. Governor Obiano, said his government has always empowered the youth and shall continue to do so while encouraging other companies to emulate Intafact Beverages Ltd.

Regional Director AB InBev and also a Trustee of the Foundation, Godwin Oche said that the Intafact Hero’s Foundation Programme is in line with AB InBev’s desire to deliver on its sustainable development objectives by helping to nurture prosperous and healthy communities. He also called on the successful awardees to use the grants they have received judiciously to grow their businesses. Explaining the programme further, he said: “in order to assist the awardees actualise their dreams, they will be mentored and guided for a period of one year by mentors, seasoned in the field of business and entrepreneurship”.

The awardees who had earlier received rigorous and intensive business training in June 2017 at the Business School of the Nnamdi Azikwe, University, Akwa expressed their gratitude to Intafact Beverages for the opportunity to pursue their dreams, saying the funds would go a long way to setting up and expanding their businesses.

Aluchuru Chukwunonso, one of the recipients’ who got three million naira for his paper production business said he would be eternally grateful to the Intafact Hero’s Foundation for making his lifelong dream to become a reality.

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Intafact Hero’s Foundation, Creating more entrepreneurs!!!!

Intafact Beverages Limited is back. This time it is bigger and better as the programme has expanded beyond the South-East states; as it is now open to Nigerians living and have businesses in Abia, Anambra, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu and Imo States.

Last year 24 lucky young entrepreneurs emerged having submitted brilliant business proposals, underwent training and eventually got seed capital totaling a whooping sum of N50 Million.

The initiative focuses on helping young people to imbibe the culture of entrepreneurship and help them build their businesses from ideation to actualization. This year’s edition is open for entries from 20th March till Friday, 28th April, 2017.

Read full report on LindaIkeji’s Blog

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Intafact Hero’s Foundation Splashes N50 Million On Young Entrepreneurs

Onitsha: Friday, December 9, 2016:

 

Intafact Hero’s Foundation, a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative of Intafact Beverages Limited has rewarded young budding entrepreneurs that took part in its just concluded Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart programme with the sum of 50 million naira.

Speaking at the Award ceremony, the Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano, posited that the Intafact Hero’s Foundation could not have come at a better time especially with the economic situation in the country. He is excited that private organizations are collaborating with the government to fight poverty and unemployment by empowering its young population to greater productivity through this scheme and prays that other companies see the need to give back to its communities.

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L- R: His Majesty Nnaemeka Achebe, CFR, mni and the Governor of Anambra State His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano at the Award Ceremony of Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme.

While welcoming guests to the Award Ceremony, the Chairman, of the Board of Trustees of Intafact Hero’s Foundation, His Majesty, Nnaemeka Achebe, The Obi of Onitsha, noted that the Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart is a CSI initiative with a difference as beside the grants that the awardees would receive; they were trained on business rudiments and would be closely mentored and coached over the next one year.

His Majesty went on to say that the Kickstart programme, is aimed at creating and developing a local culture of business entrepreneurship among young people in the South East part of the country, by encouraging and promoting business skills and hopes to see them emerge as world renowned  entrepreneurs’ in the near future.

Whilst giving an overview of the Intafact Hero’s Kickstart programme Otunba Michael Daramola, the Country Corporate Affairs and Strategy Director for AB InBev Nigeria, and Trustee, Intafact Hero’s Foundation, said that from a business perspective, the scheme enables Intafact, to deliver on its sustainable development objectives by helping to nurture more prosperous and healthy communities.

L-R: Yolande Chirwa Human Resources Director for AB InBev Nigeria, Lukas Daniel Van-Deventer General Manager Intafact Beverages Limited, His Majesty Nnaemeka Achebe, CFR, mni, the Governor of Anambra State His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano, Otumba Michael Daramola Country Corporate Affairs and Strategy Director AB InBev Nigeria and Prof. Stella Okunna Member of the board of Trustees at the Award Ceremony of Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme

L-R: Yolande Chirwa Human Resources Director for AB InBev Nigeria, Lukas Daniel Van-Deventer General Manager Intafact Beverages Limited, His Majesty Nnaemeka Achebe, CFR, mni, the Governor of Anambra State His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano, Otumba Michael Daramola Country Corporate Affairs and Strategy Director AB InBev Nigeria and Prof. Stella Okunna Member of the board of Trustees at the Award Ceremony of Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme

In a bid to impact in its community, the sum of 50 million naira was awarded to 24 successful applicants for their business expansion programmes and some will use it to set-up their business ventures. He also implored the awardees to reciprocate Intafact Hero’s Foundation gesture by ensuring the judicious use of the grants.  He further stated that the next season 2 of Intafact Hero’s Foundation would soon be opened so those looking to participate should start preparing their selves mentally.

Charles Obinwugo the star winner at the Award Ceremony who got the sum of N5.50 million for his new start up business said that the grant would help him fully establish and eternally grateful to the organisers for such a platform.

Speaking also was Alisi Francis who got a grant of three million naira and business situated in Imo state said that he was delighted to be among the lucky ones to be rewarded as this grant would go a long way in expanding his Bee farming for his business.