First National Bank said on Wednesday it has unite with Future Females as the principal supporter of all its South African chapters in an offer to fasten the pace of creating women entrepreneurship.
The partnership will encourage the take-off of regional monthly events and workshops where business visionaries can interface, learn and be enlivened by specialists and friends.
“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,” said Nicole Christopulo, spokeswoman for the “women in business” segment at FNB Business.
“As a result, we found it fitting to collaborate with 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.”
Future Females co-founder Lauren Dallas said the partnership with FNB would enable the movement to reach more women in under-served regions and equip them with the necessary business and finance skills to grow a profitable enterprise.
“Our broader aim is to create a support system for female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs, which will include constant inspiration, support, coaching, and funding,” she said.
Every month Future Females and FNB will host regional topical events focusing on a specific theme in business and personal development. The 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 to growing our economy and creating more employment opportunities in this tough economic environment,” Christopoulos said.
Future Females has over 13,000 members, with a digital reach of 85,000. It holds monthly events in 10 chapters across South Africa, namely Cape Town, Durban, Joburg, Khayelitsha, Limpopo, Mahikeng, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Paarl, and Stellenbosch.