SME FAST TRACK 2018

Empowering Women in Business with Information, Tools and funds to Thrive

SME Fast Track for women in business intends to be the largest gathering of women professionals, business tycoons and intending startup business owners all over Nigeria. Packaged exclusively for women, and focused on meeting sustainable development goals that are women centered.
The global community is working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which include ending extreme poverty, decent work and economic growth, water and sanitation, affordable clean energy and providing quality education among others. The SDGs form a universally agreed blueprint and have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the worlds poorest

There is an increasing urgency for business to incorporate women’s empowerment considerations into corporate strategies, both to ensure sustainable growth and to demonstrate leadership through values.

Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is now a global priority. The challenge is huge and so are the positive impacts this would have on poverty alleviation and the global economy.

As part of this global effort small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can play a key and leading role creating new opportunities for women’s economic empowerment. Data and research show that increased gender equality does not only help the wider economy but also has tangible benefits for the individual enterprise making this a win-win case for both the immediate families and the larger society.

 

An effective way to promote women’s empowerment, especially in markets or value chains that are traditionally male dominated is to invest and make cautious effort in time, money and other resources necessary to make the real impact in niche ventures that are adjacent to the core business of the enterprise.

Social and cultural norms are responsible for many of the barriers to women’s empowerment. It is important to recognize how these impact the enterprise and its ability to create more and more sustainable economic opportunities for women.

Deliberate investments (and/or grants) are necessary to address existing inequalities in terms of skills, training and capacity building as in many cases women do not have access to the sort of training their male counterparts receive and/or training materials are designed for a predominantly male audience. Gender inequalities in access to resources and inputs are also commonplace. Investing in the provision of inputs and resources for women can enable them to engage with enterprises as suppliers, workers or consumers.

Running a growing business ourselves, we understand the challenges most business in Nigeria has to put up with, from epileptic power supply, lack of funding opportunities etc.

Why Women?
African women are rising up to the task and getting more involved in the economic development of the nation, with the SME Fast Track 2018, we can help more women make their business ideas become reality and help solve the most important limitation of businesses in Africa which is Funds

SME Fast Track is a one-day free event exclusively packaged for women. The event is powered by Alternative Adverts in partnership with

Nigeria Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) Lagos,

Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.

Lagos State Ministry of women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

 

The event is divided into three segments; namely the

At the Mentorship Segment

The Training Segment

The Funding Segment

Each segment is designed to address major challenges women in business are facing in Nigeria today and explore the opportunities available to tackle them at this age and time.

At the Mentorship Segment, women will share ideas with successful business owners and glean from their wealth of experiences and depth of knowledge while they also get to ask all the questions they’ve always wanted to ask.

At the Training Segment, women will be empowered with tools, information and processes to market and sell their business effectively.

While at the Funding Segment, women will gain access to opportunities to actually fund their businesses.

It’s a full day event aimed to help every business woman in Nigeria thrive.