Fidelity Bank Plc is partnering with Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs (A.Y.E) to empower entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
The partnership agreement between both organisations, signed recently, is expected to strengthen the on-going efforts and initiatives of A.Y.E 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.
With a network of over 12.6 million members across the continent and 1.6 million Nigerian members, A.Y.E 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 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,” the CEO of Fidelity Bank, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, said at a media briefing in Lagos thursday.
“As a bank, we are committed to growing the economy and in pursuit of this, we are constantly searching for critical partners that are closely aligned to our strategic objectives. A.Y.E is one of those partners,” Okonkwo added.
A.Y.E 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.
These stakeholders gather every once in a year in what is tagged the â€œNetworking with the Giants Conference.â€
The third annual Conference which is the 2017 edition is billed to hold in partnership with Fidelity Bank on the 30th of November, 2017 in Lagos.
The annual conference, according to the President of A.Y.E, Mr. Summy Smart Francis, is an exceptional platform for some of the world’s most accomplished business leaders to network with perhaps the brightest entrepreneurs in Africa.
“It provides ample opportunity for individuals with vibrant business ideas to network with established industry leaders, policy makers and outstanding investors from around the globe to draw priceless, life-transforming inspirations from success stories” he stated.