In its bid to support young entrepreneurs, Fidelity Bank has announced a partnership with Flame Academy and Consulting Limited for the training of young entrepreneurs from different areas of business.
The maiden edition of Business Entrepreneurship Empowerment and Professionalism (BEEP) saw 300 entrepreneurs took part in the one-day conference.
Speaking at the conference, the Managing Director, Fidelity Bank, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, said the bank chose to fund the programme because of its interest and passion in the youth whom he described as the engine of growth of the nation.
He noted that the bank’s DNA is in business and capacity building and supporting the youth to discover their potential and grow.
“And so, Fidelity identifies with this because it’s in line with our vision of building the next generation of Nigerian entrepreneurs that have nothing today but will become conglomerates in the next few years. And that is essentially why we are identifying with Flame.” He said.
The bank chief urged the participants to endeavour to upgrade their skills to enable them compete effectively nationally and globally, adding that they should build collaboration with people of shared vision and common identity, take advantage of opportunities and have good business plans.
Chief Executive Officer of Flame Academy, Mr. Orji Udemezuo stressed the importance of capacity building. He said: “For you to have chosen to be here by this time means that you have a very good interest in personal improvement, business improvement, personal development and capacity building.”
The Flame Academy partners with individuals, groups, and organisations (both in private and public sectors) to create, design, and facilitate innovative and high-impact solutions or programmes that address identified needs with a view to improving human capacity, employee engagement, operational efficiency, productivity, and effectiveness.
Fidelity Bank was incorporated in the year 1987 and began its operations in 1988. It initially started with a Merchant Banking license.
It converted to a commercial bank in the year 1999 in an attempt to grow, as a private limited company and became a Public Limited Company.
It re-branded to Fidelity Bank Plc that year and secured its Universal Banking License in February 2001 and also obtained its International Banking License in the year. 2011.