As one of its numerous kind entrepreneurial deeds in identifying and supporting Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Nigeria, Heritage Bank has partnered Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan African University during the celebration of the “Global Entrepreneurship Week”- a celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
Ideally, the focus of the Global Entrepreneurship Week since inception, is to inspire people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their innate potentials as self-starters, entrepreneurs and innovators. Till date, the dream is being lived as people in 160 countries are being helped to turn their ideas into promising ventures, thereby, creating jobs, accelerating innovation and strengthening economic stability worldwide.
Heritage Bank, being a lover and helper of small and medium scale businesses, decided to plug in, with an intention to create a fresh set of vibrant entrepreneurs and dealing with the high and fast-increasing unemployment rate among youths in the country.
This one week packed with activities, saw the training of SME operators. A statement from the Bank went thus: “Both entrepreneurship and participation of women in the workforce are powerful accelerators for sustainable economic growth, yet women continue to remain as one of the most untapped resources in the world. A total of 421 small business startups professionals were produced this year. Heritage Bank and EDC are providing new networks and better access to capital to help women entrepreneurs overcome barriers along their path to success and encourage others to follow their path.”
In the same vein, the Director of EDC, Pan African University, Dr. Peter Bankole said at the event: “This is the grand finale of Enterprise Development Center for 2016 where we bring graduates under this platform to dine and wine in a special way and more so, to celebrate them as great achievers. What makes this year’s unique is that EDC and Heritage Bank have produced another set of vibrant graduates at a period when the nation is in need of their acquired skills to help equip themselves and others, which can cause reduction on the negative impact recession has caused the nation’s economy.” “Recession is bad for every sector in the economy, hence there is the need for individuals to wake up from slumber and take action, especially by attending subsequent editions of EDC/Heritage Bank programs as solution.”
- I sincerely think they deserve commendation. Thumbs up to the organizers of this initiative. What’s your take?