The phase 2 competition of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme participants echoed a common purpose: to use Mozambique’s abundant and underutilised natural resources to better the wellbeing of their communities.
Four female entrepreneurs have won the Namibian round of the FemBioBiz Phase 2 competition, and will go on to compete at the South African Innovation Summit from 12-14 September in Cape Town. FemBioBiz is an acceleration programme and competition run by NEPAD SANBio through the Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme BioFISA II, in partnership with regional partner organisations.
The second phase of FemBioBiz Season 2 has concluded for Malawi, home to a population of 18 million of which half sustains itself on agriculture. The country faces challenges in improving healthcare, creating employment and expanding its economy amongst others. Malawian female entrepreneurs however have the potential and vigour to play a central role in addressing these problems.
Despite some of the challenges that exist within the development initiatives towards female entrepreneurship, African women are beating the odds and defying the obstacles in the bio-business field.
The Tshwane University of Technology’s Prof Keolebogile Shirley Motaung, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Science as well as Tissue Engineering and a regenerative medicine expert, won the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme Grand Prize of R250 000 and a trip to Slush 2017 in Finland to upscale her business and refine her ideas.
The FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme was created to develop leadership, technological and business skills
In Mauritius, in a small village named Anse Jonchée, where people depend on agriculture and fishing to earn their living, Mrs Laurianne Ghansseeram started her own small business of plant-based essential oils production in 2006. She owns a small fancy shop named 'Les Huiles essentielles de Laurianne' and a traditional distillation factory located in front of her house, which catch the attention of all tourists passing by who are her main customers.