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234Finance moves to boost economic progress in South East

234Finance moves to boost economic progress in South East

In a recent gathering, organized by 234Finance, key stakeholders and HNIs came together to discuss the theme “Fueling Progress in the South East.”

The conversation highlighted the rich heritage, entrepreneurial spirit, opportunities for growth and the potential of the South East to be economic powerhouse.

During the discussion, Ezinne Nwazulu, the Managing Partner of 234Finance, unveiled plans for an upcoming event of significant impact: the 4-week intensive SME Bootcamp and Mentor Matchup Challenge South East edition designed to empower SMEs. The program aims to empower SMEs with the knowledge, tools, and capital for rapid expansion and global competitiveness.

This initiative is building on the success of previous Mentor Matchup Challenge events, which equipped SMEs with actionable strategies and one-on-one mentorship, resulting in winners of the pitching competition securing grant funding to scale their businesses.

The SME Bootcamp will feature an array of activities, including physical and virtual training sessions, onsite industrial training, and a pitching competition.

Ezinne Nwazulu emphasized the rigorous selection process, where the top 100 applicants meeting the criteria will undergo intensive training at two training centres in Abia and Anambra. From there, the most promising 15 participants will have the opportunity to pitch their business for grant funding.

Chima Anyaso, Chairman of Caades Group, expressed his commitment to the region’s development and encouraged entrepreneurs with innovative crafts to seize this opportunity.

Criteria for selection are uncompromising, emphasising technical expertise in core sectors; agribusiness, manufacturing, supply chain & logistics, fashion & textile, and retail, with a particular focus on businesses operating within the South-East region for at least three years and significant growth potential.

With an application deadline of May 3rd, 2024, the Bootcamp is set to commence from May 14th to June 14th, 2024.