In a bid to address the slower pace of women entrepreneurship development in South Africa, FNB has joined forces with Future Females as the main sponsor of all its South African chapters.
The partnership will facilitate the roll out of regional monthly events and workshops where entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs can connect, learn and be inspired by experts and serial entrepreneurs.
“FNB remains committed to growing women owned and led businesses in South Africa. Part of that approach entails entering into strategic partnerships to help female entrepreneurs from all backgrounds and cultures to start, run and grow sustainable businesses. As a result, we found it fitting to collaborate with an international women focused movement that has strong roots in the country. This initiative will provide us with a reliable platform to connect, collaborate, share information and help a wide range of female entrepreneurs with business development support that goes beyond traditional banking,” says Nicole Christopulo, FNB Business, Women in Business spokesperson.
This platform assists women business owners in solving problems relating to but not limited to: skills development, promoting job creation, creating networks and enabling growth.
Lauren Dallas, Co-Founder of Future Females says, we are honoured to partner with the best business bank in South Africa. Our partnership with FNB will enable us to reach more women in underserved regions and further equip them with the necessary business and finance skills to grow a profitable business. Our broader aim is to create a support system for female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, which will include constant inspiration, support, coaching, and funding.
Every month Future Females in collaboration with FNB will host regional topical events focusing on a specific theme in business and personal development. To support the theme, resources will be digitally shared with the community through blogs, videos and newsletters. Offline workshops will also be hosted to go into more detail on specific skills.
“At FNB Business, we strongly believe that supporting women owned and led businesses in South Africa can also contribute significantly in growing our economy and creating more employment opportunities in this tough economic environment,” says Christopulo.
“Future Females has over 13 000 members, with a digital reach of 85 000. They have held monthly events in 10 chapters across South Africa, namely Cape Town, Durban, Joburg, Khayelitsha, Limpopo, Mahikeng, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Paarl and Stellenbosch.
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