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International Breweries’ Kickstart Holds 6th Edition of Awards Ceremony, Empowers Young Entrepreneurs with 60 Million Naira Grant, Training and Mentorship

International Breweries’ Kickstart Holds 6th Edition of Awards Ceremony, Empowers Young Entrepreneurs with 60 Million Naira Grant, Training and Mentorship


Government dignitaries, heads of companies, and captains of industries have been in attendance on the sixth version of the youth enterprise empowerment scheme, Kickstart Initiative Awards Ceremony which held in Lagos not too long ago.

2021 Kickstart Initiative Beneficiaries

 

The company social funding scheme initiated by the International Breweries Foundation, the CSR arm of International Breweries Plc, a proud a part of the world’s largest brewers – AB InBev gave out grants totalling 60 million naira money to 50 younger entrepreneurs throughout Nigeria in addition to coaching, mentoring and ancillary prices price one other 40 million naira to different teeming youths.

Kickstart Initiative empowers younger entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 and has been activated within the South-Western and South-Eastern elements of Nigeria since 2015 earlier than evolving right into a full-scale nationwide programme in 2019.

With agriculture, round packaging (recycling), water stewardship, renewable power, retailing and others as this 12 months’s focus areas, particular person winners acquired grants starting from 400,000 naira to three million naira, and for the primary time, the individuals residing with disabilities class was launched to the listing of awardees.

 

Senior Institution Funding Adviser West Africa, Sightsaver, Jumoke Alagbe; 2021 IBPLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards winner, Isaiah Daniel; People Director, International Breweries Plc, Marilyn Maduka and 2021 IBPLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards winner, Abayomi Soetan on the sixth International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos

 

In his welcome handle, Managing Director, International Breweries Plc, Hugo Rocha stated, “For us, the Kickstart initiative is an avenue to bridge the unemployment gap by giving life to the dreams and aspirations of millions of bright and enterprising young people across Nigeria”. Continuing, Rocha stated, “in the past six years, our Foundation has awarded close to 400 million Naira (N400m) in grants to about 800 beneficiaries and trained close to 1,200 youths on entrepreneurship skills.”

 

L-R: Chairman Advisory Board, International Breweries Foundation(IBF), Mr Peter Bamkole; Legal & Corporate Affairs Director, IBPLC, Mrs Temitope Oguntokun; MD/CEO, IBPLC, Hugo Dias Rocha and Principal Consultant, AD Consulting and Keynote Speaker, Olajumoke Adenowo on the sixth International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos

 

Advisory Board Chairman, International Breweries Foundation, Mr. Peter Bamkole charged awardees to make good use of the coaching they acquired, work with their mentors, and judiciously channel the grant supplied to develop their companies.

According to Bamkole, “Kickstart Initiative is committed to empowering youths within the age bracket of 18 to 35 years to be productive, independent and, more importantly, successful employers of labour. To ensure this happens, we do not leave them to wander off on their own after the programme because we recognise the vital role of mentorship in business. We assign mentors to guide them on their entrepreneurship journey and help them navigate the pitfalls in business.”

 

Business Operations Director, International Breweries PLC (IBPLC), Tony Agah (Left) with cross part of 2021 Kickstart Initiative Beneficiaries on the sixth International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos.

 

An elated Olatubosun Abiodun, a round packaging entrepreneur who acquired the grand award of three million naira (N3M) stated, “I will use the grant and training to improve my business, hire more staff and contribute to achieving a cleaner environment. I cannot appreciate the Kickstart initiative and International Breweries Plc enough for this gesture.”

 

L-R: MD/CEO, International Breweries PLC (IBPLC), Hugo Dias Rocha; Her Excellency, the First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun; 2021 IBPLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards Grand Prize winner, Olatubosun Abiodun and Chairman Advisory Board, International Breweries Foundation, Mr Peter Bamkole, on the sixth International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos.

 

Principal Consultant, AD Consulting and Keynote Speaker on the occasion, Mrs. Olajumoke Adenowo famous that the very best time to discover entrepreneurship is when one is younger because it affords people the chance to channel all their creativity and power into constructing one thing exceptional, with out the distractions that include age. While appreciating the Kickstart Initiative, she stated, “What I see here is that we have looked at a problem and decided to fix that problem and not just turn and abandon it. We need more initiatives like this that provides jobs for the youths and other companies need to borrow a leaf from International Breweries Plc.”

 

L-R: Bruno Zambrano, Finance Director, International Breweries PLC (IBPLC); 2021 IBPLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards winner, Stella Chimenem-Amadi and Marketing Director, International Breweries Plc, Tolulope Adedeji, on the sixth International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos

 

Another awardee, Abayomi Soetan, CEO, Wheelchair Dreemz, stated “I am happy to be receiving the needed support as I now know how to pitch my business. The grant is a new lease of life for my business, and I thank International Breweries Plc for their generosity.”

Legal & Corporate Affairs Director, International Breweries Plc, Temitope Oguntokun acknowledged the Small and Medium Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) in addition to communities in guaranteeing the success of this 12 months’s Kickstart Awards Ceremony. “We are glad in regards to the cutting-edge creativity passionately delivered by a few of our nation’s brightest younger individuals who will assist Nigeria in driving financial improvement on the again of transformational entrepreneurship. We are additionally enthusiastic about our contribution to the lives of 463 youths from all of the six-geopolitical zones and 23 states throughout Nigeria who’ve been upskilled in coaching in partnership with the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC).

 

L-R: Honourable Member, Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Noble Igwe; MD/CEO, International Breweries PLC (IBPLC), Hugo Dias Rocha; Her Excellency, the First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun; 2021 IBPLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards Grand Prize winner, Olatubosun Abiodun; Chairman Advisory Board, International Breweries Foundation, Mr Peter Bamkole; CEO/Co-Founder, So Fresh, Olagoke Balogun and Legal & Corporate Affairs Director, IBPLC, Mrs Temitope Oguntokun, on the sixth International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos.

 

Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Honorable Yetunde Arobieke lauded Kickstart’s dedication to empowering tomorrow’s enterprise leaders. According to her, “Kickstart initiative is countering the propensity for the youths to engage in criminal activities. Today, we have a lot of young men and women who are into advanced fee fraud and other unwholesome activities which is why I am impressed to see young people participating in Kickstart owning their own business in their drive to be law-abiding citizens and leaders of tomorrow.”

 

Her Excellency, the First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun; Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Hon. (Mrs) Yetunde Arobieke; MD/CEO, International Breweries PLC (IBPLC), Hugo Dias Rocha and Principal Consultant, AD Consulting and Keynote Speaker, Olajumoke Adenowo on the sixth International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos

 

On her half, Wife of the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Her Excellency, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, expressed delight on the mannequin and impression of the Kickstart programme. According to her, “I chose to be here for the Kickstart event because it is an initiative I appreciate. Youth empowerment is crucial to the growth and progress of any country and I urge beneficiaries of this programme to make the best use of the opportunity they have been provided.”

 

L-R: Bruno Zambrano, Finance Director, International Breweries PLC (IBPLC); Mories Atoki, CEO, African Business Coalition for Health; Carlos Bernitt, Route to Market Director, IBPLC; Hugo Dias Rocha, MD/CEO, IBPLC and Carlos Coutino, National Sales Director, IBPLC, on the sixth International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos.

 

Kickstart contributes to Goals 1 and eight of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on Poverty Reduction, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

 

2021 Kickstart Initiative Beneficiaries

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