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Meet The Judges Of The IB PLC Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme

The panel of judges for the third edition of the International Breweries Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Programme has been revealed. Each of them brings their unique qualifications, expertise, and perspective to the table.

The judges play a vital role in the program as they will appraise the business proposals submitted by the shortlisted candidates who attend the one-week business training at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Business School, Awka. The proposals will be judged based on their strength and sustainability.

Here’s a brief peek at our judges:

Prof. Benjamin Chuka OsisiomaChairman, Panel of Judges

BenjaminProf. Osisioma is a Professor of Accountancy at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and a professional accountant with the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria. He is also a fellow of several professional associations and holds a PhD in Finance (1989).

He has headed many professional and academic bodies in Nigeria, including being the Director General, Nigerian College of Accountancy from 1997-2001.

Prof. Osisioma has been honoured with several awards for his Integrity, Academic Excellence and Outstanding Leadership. He was selected “Man of the Year” by the American Biographical Institute in 2001, and listed in the Directory of Outstanding 2000 Intellectuals of the 21st Century by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England.

At the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Osisioma has served as a Member of the Governing Council, Head of Department, and Dean of Faculty of Management Sciences. He is the Pioneer Director of the Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Mr. Tonye Ibisiki:

TonyeMr. Ibisiki is a professional lawyer and an expert in civil and commercial law.

He started his career as an associate in the commercial law firm of GEORGE ETOMI & PARTNERS in Lagos and later moved to the Port Harcourt office. From there, he moved on to serve as the Legal Adviser and Personnel Manager of Horicon.

Mr. Ibisiki is an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association, where he serves as the Port Harcourt Branch Representative on the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Bar Association.

Currently, Mr. Ibisiki is the Managing Solicitor of the Law firm of TONYE IBISIKI & ASSOCIATES.

 

Mr. Hule Aondokator:

HuleHule is an entrepreneur with vast experience in human capital management, and a change agent for effective business development. He was honoured by President Goodluck Jonathan for his business writing skills during the Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN!) 2012 business writing competition.  He is a prolific facilitator in executive trainings and business development

Hule obtained a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering in 2010 and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management (CEM) from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria in 2013 having emerged among top 50 Small and Medium Scale Enterprises that were sponsored by Diamond bank Plc under the Building Entrepreneurs Today 3 (BET3) programme.

He is the CEO of WeClean Express Laundry.

 

Williams Adadu OGENYI:

WilliamsWilliams brings to the panel his over 15 years of experience in Administration & Consulting. He is the Group General Manager of Apt Group Inc. in Abuja, Nigeria. He is an expert in developing templates for business units and writing business development reports.

Mr. Williams holds a Master’s degree in International Economics & Finance from Rivers State University of Science & Technology, in Port Harcourt, an MBA in HR & General Management from the University of Calabar, Calabar and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agricultural Economics from the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.

 

 

 

Ngozika B. Okoye fca

NgoziNgozika is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. She is a 1983 Accountancy graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Banking & Finance) from the University of Lagos.

Her working career traversed three industries viz- Maritime (Nigerian Ports Authority), Oil/Oil service(Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation & Intels) and Banking (International Merchant Bank) before her expedition into the public service in Anambra State as the Honourable Commissioner of Finance in 2012.

She is the Principal Partner of Treasure House Consult, a financial consultancy firm based in Awka with office in Port Harcourt.

 

Oranu Chris Chidume:

Oranu

 

Chidume, reputed for his entrepreneurial capabilities, is the founder of Krisoral Group of Companies. The group has interests in agro-allied, drinks, and chemical sectors amongst others.

Chidume holds an MBA from Metropolitan School of Business & Management, UK. He is also a member, Governing Board of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Anambra state.

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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.