FINANCIAL concern CBZ Holdings is developing a portal for all the participants who took part in its Youth Entrepreneurs Program
The purpose of the platform is meant for the 660 participants under the program to network with each other as well as unlock funding for them.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Speaking to CBZ Group Marketing Senior Manager Joel Gombera on the side-lines of the Youth Entrepreneurs Program Awards Ceremony held last night, he said the web portal is still under development.
“The portal which will be available on our website is still under construction. It wont just be a portal it will continue to be enhanced and developed probably we are looking at making it into a mobile app,” he said.
“We are creating a platform for everyone who was trained when we went around Zimbabwe in the ten provinces we trained 660 people. So when they go to our websites they log in. each will then create a user profile unique to them and they will be able to interact with each other. When one participant logs in, he or she will be able to interact with the other 659,” he said.
“We will also be uploading training programs on that portal which can only be viewed by the 660. “We are also creating the portal because when we unlock funding this will be our first port of call because these are young people that have already been trained and have got business ethics. So this is one of the reasons for the portal,” he said.
He also said, “And there is also an opportunity for them to network amongst themselves. Someone in Gwanda can network with someone in Mutare through the portal because they can be able to see the line of business which they are involved in.
“There is so much that can be opened up using this portal,” said Gombera.
In October 2016, CBZ partnered Empowered Life Trust, a non-profit making organisation on a program run by motivational speaker and life coach Jonah Mungoshi entitled Youth Entrepreneurs Program (YEP). The program meant to mentor the youth from around the country’s ten provinces started in November last year.
The bank unveiled $35 000 in seed funding for these budding entrepreneurs.
At least 10 finalists were drawn from the country’s 10 provinces to get cash prices and International Business Drivers’ Licences training.