FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme - Season 2

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SANBio Empowering Female-owned Bio-Businesses!

Applications closed 20 April 2018.

The latest videos for FemBioBiz Season 2 can be found here.

The latest images for FemBioBiz Season 2 can be found here.


For FemBioBiz Season 2 over 500 applications were received from 10 countries. Over 150 of the applicants have been selected to participate in Phase 1, entailing a 3-day business model and pitch training, culminating in a pitching competition to select the participants going through to Phase 2.


Through our partners, in 2018 the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme is implemented in eight countries:

Botswana (Botswana Innovation Hub) • Malawi (mHUB)Mozambique (DEV Mozambique)Namibia (NCRST)
Seychelles (The Guy Morel Institute and NISTI) • South Africa (AWIEF)Zambia (WECREATE)
Zimbabwe (National Biotechnology Authority)

Individuals from all the 13 SANBio member states in SADC were eligible to apply: successful applicants are taking part in the nearest country’s programme.


FemBioBiz Season 1 participants


Prizes include cash grants and incubation support

Botswana – Prizes valued at R450 000!

Business Advisory services, capacity building and innovation support will be provided for a period of 6 months for pre-incubation, 18 months for incubation and 6 months for acceleration.

Seychelles – Prizes valued at R76 840!

Leadership and mentorship programmes in conjunction with partners such as Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, Air Seychelles, Seychelles Investment Board and Seychelles Tourism Board.

Mozambique – Prizes valued at R228 000!

Incubation, marketing and financial support services for the top performers.

Zimbabwe – Prizes valued at R300 000!

Cash prizes and other in-kind contributions for the top performers.

Zambia – Prizes valued at R300 000!

Cash and incubation prizes for the top performers.

Malawi – Prizes valued at R206 640!

Incubation and mentorship for 3 months.

Namibia – Prizes valued at R300 000!

Cash and in-kind prizes including incubation and mentorship.

South Africa – Prizes valued at R300 000!

Up to R75 000 per winner in cash and in-kind prizes.

... and more prizes to come!

FemBioBiz Season 1 participants


What is the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme?

SANBio is looking for ambitious female leaders in bioscience-based businesses who would like to grow their business through an acceleration programme, and gain regional exposure and access to international markets.

Participants stand a chance to win amazing prizes in their countries, attend SA Innovation Summit, and an opportunity to attend Europe’s biggest start-up event - Slush!

FemBioBiz is funded by NEPAD SANBio with the support of BioFISA II, a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme to strengthen the SANBio network. Prizes at country level are courtesy of our partners.


FemBioBiz Season 1 participants



The programme targets female entrepreneurs (and students) with a business involving biotechnologies and other technologies in health or nutrition under the following categories:
•    Innovative businesses - Entrepreneurs whose business is based on an innovative biotechnology or other technologies that impact health and nutrition;
•    Growth businesses - Bioentrepreneurs whose business is at minimum R 500 000 and are looking at growing their business twice as much within a year;
•    Social enterprises - Private biobusinesses or bioenterprises with impact targeting the base or bottom of the pyramid (BoP);
•    Female students in tertiary institutions - With feasible ideas based on innovative biotechnologies or other technologies that impact health and nutrition.


Programme Timeline


FemBioBiz Season 2 timeline

This page and the pages for the organising countries will be updated as the programme proceeds through its three phases.


Queries can be directed to fembiobiz@nepadsanbio.org