SME.NG’s E-Market platform, Ebi Marketplace, is about to be launched, targeting women-owned businesses in Nigeria • Techpoint Africa
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The SME.NG electronic marketplace platform is about to be commissioned with the aim of giving women-owned businesses economic opportunities, business sustainability and improving resilience to the negative effects of the pandemic and the economic downturn.
The platform, which is slated to go live in August, will help overcome the barriers women entrepreneurs currently face in Nigeria, as digital solutions offer a new scalable path to not only address issues of access to finance, but will generate market links for women entrepreneurs.
In addition to its She Works Here women-only accelerator and the Ebi Fund for Women Entrepreneurs in Nigeria, SME.NG provides this e-marketplace solution to provide access to finance, markets and financial inclusion for businesses owned by women. Since its launch, SME.NG has sought to empower and improve the livelihoods of women in the SME ecosystem to thrive.
Commenting on the purpose of the Ebi Marketplace Platform when it was unveiled, SME.NG Managing Director Ms. Thelma Ekiyor said:
“This year, due to the impact of the global pandemic, COVID-19, we have seen fit to empower women-owned Nigerian businesses to help them thrive. With SME.NG at the helm of providing Nigerian women entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow their businesses through financial services, business opportunities, advisory services, mentoring and networking and much more, we will continue to provide women entrepreneurs entrepreneurial opportunities to create wealth and support their livelihoods.
The Ebi Marketplace platform will be Nigeria’s first secure and user-friendly all-female electronic marketplace platform. The platform will also feature a Nigerian SME directory with industry and location labels to expand the reach of products and services across Nigeria and beyond. The Ebi market will be all inclusive and will offer a one-stop information portal on opportunities for women entrepreneurs. The platform will provide women entrepreneurs and their customers with a unique and seamless online commerce and shopping experience. It also includes features that will help drive sales and increase income for women-owned businesses, as well as provide other resources that will allow women-owned businesses to thrive.
While the Ebi marketplace is about to go live on 1st From August, all women entrepreneurs in Nigeria are encouraged to register to sell their products and services on the platform. Women in cooperatives and associations across the country are also encouraged to register. To join the Ebi market platform, interested women entrepreneurs can register to become sellers on www.ebimarketplace.com. The Ebi Marketplace will officially go live on August 1, and the app will be available for download from the Play Store and Apple Store. Successful registrations would officially become providers on the platform and could access all the benefits of the Ebi Marketplace platform.
Connect with Ebi Marketplace on social media @ebimarketplace on Instagram and Twitter.