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

Principal Consultant, AD Consulting and Keynote Speaker at the event, Mrs. Olajumoke Adenowo noted that the best time to explore entrepreneurship is when one is young as it affords individuals the opportunity to channel all their creativity and energy into building something remarkable, without the distractions that come with age. While appreciating the Kickstart Initiative, she said, “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.”
 
Kickstart contributes to Goals 1 and 8 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on Poverty Reduction, Decent Work and Economic Growth.
 
 
 
Business Operations Director, International Breweries PLC (IBPLC), Tony Agah (Left) with cross section of 2021 Kickstart Initiative Beneficiaries at the 6th International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos.
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 at the 6th International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos
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, at the 6th International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos.   An elated Olatubosun Abiodun, a circular packaging entrepreneur who received the grand award of three million naira (N3M) said, “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: 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, at the 6th International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos
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 at the 6th International Breweries PLC Kickstart Entrepreneurship Awards held in Lagos
In his welcome address, Managing Director, International Breweries Plc, Hugo Rocha said, “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 said, “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.” Kickstart Initiative empowers young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 and has been activated in the South-Western and South-Eastern parts of Nigeria since 2015 before evolving into a full-scale national programme in 2019.
The corporate social investment scheme initiated by the International Breweries Foundation, the CSR arm of International Breweries Plc, a proud part of the world’s largest brewers – AB InBev gave out grants totalling 60 million naira cash to 50 young entrepreneurs across Nigeria as well as training, mentoring and ancillary costs worth another 40 million naira to other teeming youths. penetv

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