The #SANBioLabHack2018 took place in Pretoria, South Africa, this week with 17 undergraduate students coming together to turn their passion for innovation by addressing afro-centric solutions to common lab issues.
Africa continues to be defined by stereotypes: it is poor; it is conflict-ridden; it is starving and dangerous. Subsequently we have come to believe and even been retold our own narrative based on this skewed perception.
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.
The 2nd phase of the South African edition of FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme concluded on Friday last week in Cape Town, with four female bio-entrepreneurs selected to represent SA and Lesotho at the annual SA Innovation Summit to be held in September.
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.
It is a well-known fact that women are the backbone of their communities and also play a key role in the economies of their countries. One woman who shares this sentiment is 52- year old Mmakgabatso Shale who has turned her company Eternity Foods into a community wealth-building model to empower other women.
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.