By Modupe Gbadeyanka
In a bid to support small businesses in Nigeria and also give them practical steps in building sustainable businesses, Fidelity Bank has joined forces with the Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs (AYE) to achieve these goals.
With a network of over 12.6 million members across the continent and 1.6 million Nigerian members, AYE is the largest network of entrepreneurs in the world.
The organisation uses conferences, workshops and motivational talks to share practical information on how to develop and manage businesses.
The AYE encourages social entrepreneurship with role models, powerful mentors, social innovators, thought leaders, forward thinking investors and people passionate about addressing a range of societal and environmental challenges.
According to Fidelity Bank, as one of Nigeria’s top lenders operating out of over 240 business offices and other numerous e-channels, this initiative is in tandem with its unique solutions to supporting small businesses and practical steps in hand holding and guiding entrepreneurs to building sustainable businesses.
It was gathered that the partnership agreement between both organizations, signed recently, will strengthen the on-going efforts and initiatives of AYE in developing and supporting future business leaders.
It will also afford Fidelity Bank the opportunity to offer financial and technical advisory services to enhance the competitiveness and dynamism of young Nigerian entrepreneurs.
“The partnership was made possible because we share the same ideals on entrepreneurship and job creation.
“In line with the Federal Government’s economic diversification plan, more employment opportunities lead to poverty alleviation, improved food security and GDP growth,” CEO of Fidelity Bank, Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo, told newsmen at a media parley in Lagos yesterday.
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