Unsung natural resources reign supreme at FemBioBioz Phase 2 competition in Mozambique

FBB Moz Phase 2 Finalists

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.

Namibia’s finest – FemBioBiz Phase 2 winners

FemBioBiz Phase 2 winners from Namibia

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.

Malawi on the map – FemBioBiz Phase 2

Zakia

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.

Entrepreneurs and scientists join forces to talk innovation at SANBio Annual Event 2018

SANBio Annual Event 2018
African entrepreneurs showed off their products, scientists boasted novel solutions to the continent’s great problems, and venture capitalists prowled the venue looking for their next multi-million rand investment. NEPAD SANBio’s recent Annual Event bore the fruits of the Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme BioFISA II, which is helping NEPAD SANBio in building a network for innovation in life sciences throughout southern Africa.

FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme Winners

FemBioBiz Winners: Prof Keolebogile Shirley Motaung (center), Mrs Stella Gonye (left) and Mrs Nkata Seleka (right)

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

The Lady Behind 'Les Huiles essentielles de Laurianne': Profiling Mrs Laurianne Ghansseeram

Laurianne Ghansseeram and Les Huiles essentielles de Laurianne

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.

Female agro-dealer wins FemBioBiz Country Competition in Malawi

Fannie Gondwe (Centre) posing for a photo with Marja-Reetta Paaso and Professor Emmanuel Kaunda

Lilongwe-based agro-dealer Fannie Gondwe won the 2017 Female Biosciences Business (FemBioBiz) Acceleration Programme’s local competition in Malawi.

Mrs Gondwe will join other top performers who will have the opportunity to meet investors, business experts and potential mentors, as well as visit Cape Town to participate in the Innovation Summit 2017. She will also be flown to South Africa in July 2017 to represent Malawi at the regional FemBioBiz bootcamp.

Plowing Forward Under Cover: Profiling Mrs Matiti Trish Kabi and Alosang Enterprise

Alosang Enterprises

As part of the activities related to the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme, SANBio is profiling female bioscientists and bioentrepreneurs working in the innovation space.

Alosang Enterprise is a Basotho-owned farm that grows quality vegetables and is a main supplier to major supermarkets, hotels and restaurants in Lesotho. Registered in 1999, the farm is situated at Sekamaneng in the Berea district and has its fields used for crop cultivation in Sehlabeng and other holdings in the outskirts of Maseru.