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Intafact Hero’s Foundation Awards Holds December 9

789marketing, Friday, November 18, 2016:

The Intafact Hero’s Foundation has announced that it would hold the award ceremony of the 2016 edition of its Kickstart Programme on December 9, 2016. The award ceremony would reward applicants who submitted outstanding and implementable business proposals.The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano will be the special guest of honour at the awards ceremony.

In a statement made in Onitsha, it was stated that the successful applicants would be given seed capital to either start up their proposed business ventures or expand existing ones. These winners would continue to receive mentoring and guidance for a period of one year.

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Scam Alert: Ignore Any Text Message, Phone Call or Email Demanding Anything From You

Please be informed that at no time will the Hero’s Kickstart Foundation request that you pay/transfer money into any bank account in the course of the Hero Kickstart Programme.

The Hero’s Foundation is a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative of Intafact Beverages Limited. It is non-profit in all ramifications.

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Please ignore any text message, phone call or email that demands anything from you; cash or kind, in the name of the management of Hero’s Kickstart Programme.

The management of SABMiller has reported the case of a letter that was circulated, demanding money from shortlisted applicants to the appropriate law enforcement agencies, in a bid to bring the people behind the scam to book.

You are therefore encouraged to bring any suspicious messages to our attention promptly.

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Hero Foundation Trains 120 Entrepreneurs on Business Expansion and Sustainability

Awka: Friday, August 12, 2016;

SABMiller Hero Foundation has concluded the training of 120 young entrepreneurs drawn from the South-East geopolitical zone of Nigeria in the ongoing Kickstart programme, which is aimed at helping young people to imbibe the culture of entrepreneurship and build their businesses from idea to reality.

The five day intensive training workshop, which was held at the Chike Okoli Centre For Entrepreneurial Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Anambra state between August 8 and 12, focused on business idea/concept development, business growth, record keeping, financing and bridging finance gap for MSMEs/SMEs.  The modules of the training included Introduction to Entrepreneurship; Generating Business Ideas (Opportunities, Identification and Selection); Marketing Strategies; Financial Strategies; Organisational Strategies; Risk Analysis/Why Businesses Fail; Networking; and Coaching and Mentoring and How to write a Winning Business Plan.

The Director, Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, Prof. Ngozi E. Anyikwa, commended the SABMiller Hero’s Foundation for initiating the Kickstart programme, saying, “training exercise was designed to equip the participants with the needed skills and direction to profitably manage and expand their start-up enterprises within the local realities peculiar to their environs.”

The participants were also taught how to use the strengthened Credit Reporting System and the newly-established National Collateral Registry, in a presentation titled, ‘Addressing the SME Finance Gap: The Role of Financial Infrastructure.’ The National Collateral Registry (NCR) and Credit Reporting System were described as two basic financial infrastructures that will help to bridge the MSME finance gap. While the NCR enables MSMEs to access loan facilities with their movable assets, the CRS helps lenders assess the risk inherent in giving loans to MSMEs based on the credit report.

The Deputy Director and zonal Coordinator of South-East Operations for Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Mr. Levi Anyikwa, commended the participants for their robust contributions during the workshop. “They shared wonderful and practical ideas that will make good impact on the economy. With this training exercise, I see a lot of them running successful business enterprises,” Anyikwa said.

The participants commended the organisers for the initiatives and urge them to make the workshop an annual programme for youth development.

One of the participants, Cyril Chikwelu Odenigbo, described the training as “eye opener for the youth in the South East of Nigeria. We had awesome experience to take back home, we had quality resources persons with practical experience to share.” Another participant, Edom Thelma Chinemanu, described the programme as a good gesture from the SABMiller Hero’s Foundation. “I hope other companies will emulate them,” she said.

The Corporate Affairs Director of SABMiller Otunba Michael Daramola said the Hero’s Foundation’s commitment to youth development is unwavering and that the company will continue to support entrepreneurship among young people. He further said since the programme was officially launched in March, 2016, the Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative of Interfact Beverages Limited has received a lot of commendation from the state government, cultural organisational and trade groups. This, he said was a good motivation to do more.

Over 1700 applications were received from the five states in the zone proposing business ideas that span furniture, welding/fabrication, agriculture, video/photography/media, fine and visual arts, event planning, transportation, education, waste management etc.

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Hero Foundation Shortlists 120 For Training Phase of Kickstart Programme

Onitsha: Tuesday, July 25, 2016

120 applicants out of the over 1,700 that applied for the maiden edition of the SABMiller Hero’s Foundation Kickstart programme have been shortlisted for the training and evaluation phase. The training, which will last for a week, will commence on August 7, 2016.

The programme, which is a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative of Intafact Beverages Limited, is aimed at developing a local culture of entrepreneurship among young people in the South East geopolitical zone of Nigeria and helping them bring their business ideas to reality.

The Corporate Affairs Manager of Intafact Beverages Limited, Mr. Chuma Umunna, who announced this, said a number of criteria including innovativeness, creativity, business expansion, new business/start-up, sustainability amongst others, were considered in shortlisting the applicants.

The initiative was officially launched in March, 2016 with over 1700 applicants the five states in the zone proposing business ideas that span furniture, welding/fabrication, agriculture, video/photography/media, fine and visual arts, event planning, transportation, education, waste management etc.

The 120 applicants were shortlisted by the Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, who are managing the training and evaluation phase of the programme on behalf of the SABMiller Hero’s Foundation.

Prof. Alex Ikeme, a renowned teacher, coach and social entrepreneur, will facilitate the training along with the Director of Chike Okoli Foundation Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, Prof. Ngozika Anyikwa.

Prof. Ikeme is currently the Provost at the Sinai College of Education and Entrepreneurship Studies and former African Coordinator, International Train to Success Business Project. Also, he was the founding Director, UMM Entrepreneurship Study Centre at University of Mkar, Mkar; founding Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development Research, University of Nigeria Nsukka; and founding Director, Entrepreneurship Development Centre, (Central Bank of Nigeria Initiative) South-East Zone.

 

He is also the Founder and CEO, United Aid International – a non-governmental organisation focused on development of a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.

The modules of the training include Introduction to Entrepreneurship; Generating Business Ideas (Opportunities, Identification and Selection); Marketing Strategies; Financial Strategies; Organisational Strategies; Risk Analysis/Why Businesses Fail; Networking; Coaching and Mentoring and How to write a Winning Business Plan.

After their training, a panel of five seasoned and experienced judges will take the shortlisted applicants through a practical evaluation process.

According to the General Manager, Intafact Beverages Limited, Lukas Daniel Van-Deventer, the main objective of this programme is to ensure that “the teeming youth in the South East with bright business ideas to turn these ideas into reality and this will in turn reduce undergraduate unemployment by engaging them meaningfully through an entrepreneurship programme that will encourage them to bring their dreams to life.”