Fidelity Bank opens nominations for mentors of youth entrepreneurs
Julian Opuni — CEO, Fidelity Bank Ghana

Fidelity Bank opens nominations for mentors of youth entrepreneurs

Fidelity Bank has opened applications for mentors of its youth entrepreneurship support programme dubbed the Fidelity Young Entrepreneurs Mentorship Programme (FYEMP). 


The FYEMP is a key aspect of bank’s flagship youth entrepreneurship initiative, dubbed: Fidelity Young Entrepreneurs Initiative (FYEI).  

In March 2021, the bank launched the FYEI, an initiative which provides both financial and non-financial support to enable youth-related businesses to survive and thrive. 

In a release issued by the bank, it said the FYEI focused on scalable businesses that were solving a problem in society, with particular focus on those addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Together with its partners, Fidelity Bank provides tailored training programmes and financial support to strengthen and grow selected businesses which meet the requirements of the programme.”

Mentorship is a critical component of the FYEI, and this is carried out in partnership with Mowgli Mentoring, a renowned UK-based mentoring organisation through the FYEMP,” it said.

Youth empowerment

The Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Julian Opuni, said as a Ghanaian bank, it was committed to empowering young entrepreneurs and businesses as catalysts for social and economic development in Ghana. 

He said the Fidelity Young Entrepreneurs Mentoring Programme (FYEMP) was designed to enhance the Fidelity Young Entrepreneur's Initiative. 

“The vision of FYEI is to assist youth-led businesses in navigating the unique challenges that come with scaling a business. Mentoring is an integral part of this process and together with our partners, we are calling on business leaders who have a desire to mentor a youth-led business to apply for this programme,” he said.


The Head of Partnerships, Sustainability, and CSR at Fidelity Bank, Nana Yaa Afriyie Ofori-Koree, further said FYEMP sought to pair young entrepreneurs with seasoned business leaders and mentors who would serve as business coaches.  

She said the bank realised that young entrepreneurs faced a significant number of challenges when implementing their business strategy and vision. 

This programme, she said, was tailored to address those hurdles and offer the needed guidance. 

“A team of seasoned business leaders, management experts and successful entrepreneurs who have walked the walk will be on hand to offer invaluable advice and expertise,” she added.

The release said mentees on the programme receive guidance from an experienced and trained mentor who will stand with them in a shoulder-to-shoulder relationship and act as their guide, personal confidant and cheerleader.

“They also develop a greater sense of self-awareness and develop key leadership and management skills. The application deadline is May 14, 2023”, adding that interested mentors can visit the bank’s website to apply.

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