The MTN Nigeria Plc has launched a new learning data bundle that would enable Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to access free business capacity building content.
MTN introduced the free data bundle in recognition of the benefits of knowledge and information to growing businesses and the challenge for small businesses to access these knowledge resources at scale.
It is also partnering with organisations that already provide free focused developmental content and solutions for small businesses such as the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), the FATE Foundation, Pan-Atlantic University’s Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), to provide the learning data bundle.
It also said that the learning data plan works exclusively on websites of partner organisations that currently offer free capacity building resources for MSMEs.
The Chief Enterprise Business Officer of MTN, Ms. Lynda Saint-Nwafor, who commented on the partnership, said that “having understood the need for capacity building and the positive impact of continuous learning on MSMEs, MTN has partnered with reputable learning providers to bring learning closer to MSMEs.
“With these new affordable plans, data access will no longer be an impediment to learning. She added that these partnerships are testaments to MTN’s commitment to deliver the benefits of a modern connected world to businesses.”
Similarly, the Director-General of SMEDAN), Mr. Wale Fasanya, noted that “this initiative will boost access to learning resources on the SME Digital Academy for micro and small businesses and greatly improve their chances of thriving.
“The businesses will also receive certificates of completion endorsed by SMEDAN. He commended MTN and its technical partner Sapphital Learning, for making this available and pledged the commitment of SMEDAN towards educating, empowering, and elevating millions of MSMEs across the country.”
Also, the Executive Director of FATE Foundation, Ms. Adenike Adeyemi, remarked that “this partnership will enable Nigerian entrepreneurs have fast and easy access to essential resources on the msmehub.org with tools, templates, and resources to sustain their businesses.”
In the same manner, the Director, Pan-Atlantic University’s Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), Dr. Peter Bamkole, noted that the partnership was coming at the appropriate time.
Bamkole stated that “offering the EDC toolkit platform to SMEs will provide them with useful information, business resources and continuous learning opportunity to grow and succeed.”
Business owners can activate the learning bundle via USSD and SMS by dialing *460*600# or sending Learn to 131 respectively. The bundle subscription is available to all MTN prepaid subscribers.
The bonus data is designed to deplete with use on any of the platforms. Usage is cumulative and the offer is as low as N200 with seven-day validity.