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  Access Bank’s Youthrive Program is a groundbreaking initiative to empower and accelerate the growth of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria. This transformative program is designed to uplift, empower, and equip the next generation of entrepreneurs with the necessary skills and resources to thrive in today’s competitive business sector.
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The program, set to impact over 4 million individuals, focuses on four key pillars: capacity development, business exchange, access to funding, and employment opportunities. Through these pillars, the Access Bank’s Youthrive Program seeks to enhance the capabilities of MSMEs, provide financial empowerment, and foster invaluable business exchange programs.

Capacity Development

The Youthrive Program aims to empower youth with essential skills for entrepreneurship and employability. By offering comprehensive training programs, participants are equipped with the knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in their ventures.

Business Exchange

Exceptional entrepreneurs have the opportunity to participate in sponsored business exchange programs in countries like The Netherlands, China, or India. These programs provide invaluable exposure to international markets, fostering growth and expansion opportunities for MSMEs.

Access to Funding

Upon completion of capacity development programs, participants gain access to finance through business grants and loans to scale their ventures. This financial support enables MSMEs to realize their full potential and drive sustainable growth.
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Employment Opportunities

The Youthrive Program also facilitates employment opportunities for participants who complete the capacity development programs. By connecting skilled individuals with relevant job opportunities, Access Bank contributes to job creation and economic empowerment. In addition to these pillars, the program offers a range of benefits to participants, including expert guidance, business support, and access to essential services. From hands-on support on key business topics to legal and regulatory advisory services, Access Bank ensures that participants receive the necessary assistance to overcome hurdles and navigate business operations successfully. By joining the Youthrive community, entrepreneurs gain access to cost-effective business accounts, CAC business registration, W Community membership, and support for product registration and certification. With the guidance of industry experts and access to a suite of tailored services, participants are equipped to transform their futures and build thriving businesses.
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Final Thoughts

Access Bank’s Youthrive Program is a revolutionary initiative that is shaping the future of Nigerian MSMEs. By empowering entrepreneurs and providing them with the necessary tools and resources, the program aims to build a brighter, more empowered tomorrow. Join the Youthrive community today and begin your journey towards success and prosperity! For more information, check out their website:
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This article was first published on 29th April 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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