MSME Africa celebrates, organises MSME business pitch contest with Kiakia FX
Platform for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), entrepreneurs and startups, MSME Africa, has celebrated its first year anniversary with a business pitch contest.
Highlighting its achievements, Founder of MSME Africa, Seye Olurotimi, said they’re delighted about this achievement and look forward to doing more. He added that they have reached over 195,000 MSMEs across their platforms and expressions in the last one year. “We have curated and provided information about over 350 opportunities for MSMEs, entrepreneurs and startups and people have taken advantage of the opportunities to better their lots in business and their personal lives.”
He said the platform has also partnered with different groups and organisations like Facebook through Digivate 360 to provide digital marketing training for entrepreneurs and the Credit Bureau Association of Nigeria (CBAN) to provide capacity- building through webinars.
He added that the quarterly MSME Dialogue featured Onyeka Akumah of Farmcrowdy, Goke Balogun of So Fresh, David Lanre Messan of First Founders, Charles Ojei of HYBR, Segun Adaju, President of Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria, Fatma Nasujo of Sokowatch, Kenya and Rex Mafiana of FPG Technologies, among others.
“As part of the activities to mark this anniversary, we also recently concluded the Micro Business Pitch Contest in partnership with Kiakia FX through which two micro businesses will be empowered with N500, 000 business grant and advisory sessions for two months,” he added.
Speaking on The African Business Environment And Prosperity Of MSMEs, Adaju, who was guest speaker at the webinar, noted that poor electricity supply, inadequate funding, poor infrastructure and insecurity were militating against the business environment in Nigeria and Africa.
He canvassed urgent solutions to issues affecting the MSME sector, which contributes to employment and Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and urged MSMEs to form cooperative societies, embrace alternative sources of power like solar, continually seek information and take advantage of opportunities available in the ecosystem. At the ceremony, where prizes were presented to the winner of the Micro Business Pitch Contest, Managing Director of Kiakia FX, Bisoye Coker, commended MSME Africa for its contribution to the MSME space and the thorough process that led to the emergence of the winners.
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