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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 Kicks Off Second Edition Of Entrepreneur Search

Onitsha:  Friday, March 13, 2017: The Intafact Hero’s Foundation’s has announced the commencement of the second edition of its Kickstart programme. The Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart programme is an annual activity aimed at helping to secure the future of youths between 18-35 years of age with ingenious business ideas. Application for participation in the programme will commence on the 20th of March to 28th of April 2017. This year, the scope for participation has been expanded to eight states unlike last year which comprised only the five states from the South Eastern Zone. Therefore, the second edition will welcome business proposals from youths living or presently doing business in Abia, Anambra, Benue, Delta, Edo, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states.

(L-R): Otunba Michael Daramola; Country Corporate Affairs & Strategy Director, AB Inbev, Godwin Oche; General Manager of Intafact Beverages Ltd, Onitsha, Professor Stella Okunna; Head of the Department of Mass Communication at Nnamdi Azikiwe University and Member Board of Trustees Intafact Hero's Foundation during the press briefing to announce the 2017 edition of Intafact Hero's Foundation Kickstart programme on Monday, 20 March 2017 at Intafact Beverages Ltd Onitsha

(L-R): Otunba Michael Daramola; Country Corporate Affairs & Strategy Director, AB Inbev, Godwin Oche; General Manager of Intafact Beverages Ltd, Onitsha, Professor Stella Okunna; Head of the Department of Mass Communication at Nnamdi Azikiwe University and Member Board of Trustees Intafact Hero’s Foundation during the press briefing to announce the 2017 edition of Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart programme on Monday, 20 March 2017 at Intafact Beverages Ltd Onitsha

Addressing members of the press in a briefing in Onitsha, Anambra State, Godwin Oche, General manager of  Intafact Beverages, said, adequate preparations have been put in place to ensure a successful second edition, assuring that the logistics had been designed to ensure that the second edition is bigger and better than the previous edition. He disclosed that, “The Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart is a CSI initiative uniquely focused on helping the youths to build their future. Our plan is to continue to tackle obstacles to entrepreneurship such as ambitious measures to facilitate start-ups and new businesses, improve access to finance, and give the incentives to inspire niche business ideas from young people.”

Oche explained that the process is simple and straightforward. “Applications are received and screened rigorously by experts. The successful applicants are trained on business rudiments and then given seed capital to either start up their proposed business ventures or expand existing ones.” For prudent business management and good returns, the new beneficiaries are closely mentored and coached over the next one year. The end product is the reward for applicants who submitted outstanding and implementable business proposals.”

Last year, the sum of 50 million naira was awarded to 24 successful applicants for their business expansion programmes at the Intafact Hero’s Foundation Award Ceremony. Charles Obinwugo of Anambra State emerged the star winner. He got the sum of N5.50 million while Alisi Francis from Imo State followed with a grant of N3m. Interestingly, Francis proposed to use the proceeds to expand his Bee farming business. The Intafact support initiative has helped both the youth and the society in the areas of creation of employment opportunities and capital formation as well as use of Local resources, improvement in the standard of living and ultimately, economic independence.

Still commenting, Mr. Godwin Oche said: “the whole process is geared towards giving back to our communities by empowering the young population to greater productivity and systematically collaborating with the government to fight poverty and unemployment through this scheme. This initiative focuses on helping young people to imbibe the culture of entrepreneurship and to build their businesses from ideation to actualization. This year, the Foundation will collate entries from Monday, 20th March till Friday, 28th April at the designated centers across the states as well as our online medium.

Speaking on the idea behind the inclusion of Edo, Delta and Benue States, Otunba Daramola, the Country Corporate Affairs and Strategy Director said, “We are gradually widening our coasts so as to have entrepreneurs scattered around our country, rather than an unbalanced concentration in one area. We aim to achieve balanced regional development.  The winners would be deserving of the seed capital and their communities would be the better for it. The success stories of our entrepreneurs have set the right example for others to follow and this will accelerate the pace of industrialization.”