HERITAGE BANK, NEXT TITAN TO SUSTAIN ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORT WITH N15M

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R-L: Dike Dimiri, the Divisional Head, Product Management & Inclusive Banking, Heritage Bank; Mide Akinlaja, Executive Producer, The Next Titan; Kemi Areola, Special Assistant, Youth, ICT & Corporate Relations to Minister of Youth and Sports Development and Chris Parkes, judges of The Next Titan, during the Premier of The Next Tian in collaboration with Heritage Bank as Lead Sponsor, held in Lagos.

In a bid to ensure that entrepreneurial goals of the Nigerian youths are achieved, Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s most innovative service banking provider, in collaboration with The Next Titan is set to further invest N15million on viable Nigerian entrepreneurs. Tagged “Uncaged,” The Next Titan season-8 is Nigeria’s foremost Business Reality TV Show where contestants compete by carrying out weekly business tasks and challenges around the city of Lagos for 10 weeks on television, and with weekly evictions in the boardroom by the judges. During the event Premier yesterday, of the over 20, 000 participants who applied 18 contestants emerged of the 75 individuals who made it through auditions from six major cities in Nigeria which are Abuja, Kano, PH, Enugu, Ibadan, and Lagos after the Boot Camp.

 

At the end, amongst the contestants the brightest and most talented young Nigerian who possesses entrepreneurial acumen after grooming through rigorous tasks, boardroom processes, and mentorship will cart away with the grand prize of N15million, while the top 1000 contestants with good business ideas, and those whose businesses are already registered, will receive N3 million in funding. Speaking at the Next Titan Premier in Lagos, the MD/CEO of Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo, stated that the financial institution has continued to make seamless efforts to demonstrate its commitment towards developing and positioning youths to create jobs for themselves and others, as contributors to the socio-economic development of Nigeria. Dike Dimiri, the Divisional Head, Product Management & Inclusive Banking, who represented Sekibo stated that Heritage Bank was committed to promoting Nigeria’s foremost Business Reality TV Show, Next Titan for its sustenance to create opportunities for entrepreneurs.

 

He disclosed that Heritage Bank was set to unveil a product that would be used to enhance entrepreneurial drive of over 20, 000 participants involved in both current and past auditions. Speaking earlier whilst addressing the 75 contestants during the Boot Camp, Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications of Heritage Bank, emphasized the need for the entrepreneurs to be service oriented, able to evolve, be innovative and social media savvy.

 

Speaking at the Premiere for the commencement of Season-8, the Executive Producer, The Next Titan, Mide Akinlaja explained that the importance of the show lies in igniting entrepreneurial spirit and showcasing the possibility of entrepreneurship in transforming lives with just an idea that could be scaled to greatness in the market and with Nigeria’s population. He further stated, “Apart from the success stories of the previous winners of the show which have been phenomenal, the Next Titan being on national television has also positively impacted on the generality of other young people who are the viewers who have shared their testimonies regarding the programme causing a paradigm shift in their mind-sets to moving from job -seekers to jobs-creators.”

 

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Akinola George-Taylor, Managing Director of Heritage Bank Plc, and his Team, paid courtesy visit yesterday to the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, at the State House, Alausa yesterday.

The Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Akinola George-Taylor has disclosed that the bank would continue to increase the wallet of its business transactions with Lagos state government.  

He gave this assurance yesterday when he led a team of the bank on a courtesy visit to the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the government house, Alausa, Ikeja.

George-Taylor commended Sanwo-Olu’s administration, whilst aligning with the great works in Lagos State.

“We are here to introduce ourselves as the new management of the Heritage Bank and being that we have had a relationship with the state (Lagos) for a number of years now, we felt it was necessary to come and present ourselves to the Governor; to say thanks for the business that we enjoyed with the government and that we align and commend the great work he is doing for Lagos State.

“And of course, as bankers, we want to try and increase our own size of the wallet of the business that we do with the government and to extend our best wishes to him and his government. It was a courtesy call to say thank you and wish him well in the next coming elections,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Governor, Sanwo-Olu said his administration was poised to do more as it continued to play its roles in providing an enabling environment, improving the ease of doing business and being forward-looking in its dealings with financial institutions.

The governor also said that his administration will continue to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship with financial institutions in the State.

He said: “Lagos is the Centre of Excellence and the commercial, economic nerve centre, so we cannot but ensure that we have a very forward-looking mutually beneficial relationship with all of our financial institutions and of course, Heritage Bank is not an exception.

“I want to implore you and your team to be intentional and think something fresh; think something different that can indeed stimulate us. You can rest assured that we know how important it is to spread our businesses and to ensure that everybody gets a part of it knowing that you and your staff will also have a corporate responsibility on the Personal Income Tax component. It is expected that we will continue to play our roles and play our parts.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu congratulated the Managing Director and his new team on the huge and great responsibilities that shareholders and other stakeholders in Heritage Bank have reposed in them,” he said.