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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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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.”