The FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme was created to develop leadership, technological and business skills in female-owned businesses in the SADC region. It is an acceleration programme aimed to support deal-making and business growth for female led or owned businesses and was launched on by the NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) with support from the BioFISA II programme in February 2017.
Over a period of six weeks, over 156 applications were received from nine countries in SADC. The first phase of the programme was carried out between 25 May and 28 June in six successive workshops in in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa where participants were introduced to the Business Model Canvas and were taught the finer elements of Pitching.
For the FemBioBiz trainers and the BioFISA Programme this was an inspiring and inspirational opportunity to meet and engage with many interesting and passionate female entrepreneurs who are intent on making a difference to their worlds and others.
The SANBio Network is pleased to announce the following entrepreneurs who were country finalists:
• Botswana – Nkata Seleka – Sleek Foods (Pty) Ltd – Agroprocessing and manufacturers of condiments and sauces
• Lesotho – Matiti Trish Kabi – Alosang Enterprises – Agribusiness production and processing of horticultural produce with local farmers
• Malawi – Fannie Gondwe – Perisha Agro and Packaging Enterprise – Cultivation, agroprocessing and value addition to sweet potato
• Mauritius – Anooradah Pooran – Association Pour L'Education Des Enfants Defavorises –Cultivation and value addition to botanicals, production of herbal infusions
• Mozambique – Filomena Matimbe – Finana – Agroprocessing and value addition to banana and by-products
• Namibia – Sandra Mwiihangele – Kyomisandz Beauty Products – Natural products and botanicals, hair and beauty products
• South Africa – Keolebogile Shirley Motaung – Global Health Biotech – Health – Natural products and use to stimulate bone regeneration
• Zambia – Chipokota Mwanawasa – Richmond Gold – Agriculture and livestock production
• Zimbabwe – Stella Gonye – Chengie Advanced Defluoridation Technologies 2014 – Health – Manufacturing of defluoridators for improved water quality
In addition six additional entrepreneurs were selected for the second phase:
• Lesotho – Hape Marite - Black Hair – Organic Hair Products
• Namibia – Rachel Kalipi – Maano Investments – Agroprocessing and value addition, product ion of Mahangu Biscuits
• Namibia – Loide Uushona – Proquest Diagnostic Laboratories – Health – Diagnostic laboratory carrying out clinical diagnostic tests
• South Africa – Elizabeth Motshidisi Mokoma – Olive Leaf Investments – Agriculture and Nutrition – Rabbit production
• South Africa – Dianne Neethling – Imsyser Health Products - Health products for immune support
• Zimbabwe – Jacqueline Gowe – Sweet Maungwe Honey – Honey production and processing and value addition to beeswax
The second phase of the programme commenced on 3 July and will culminate in a one week boot camp in Pretoria for regional finalists from 24-28 July, where the participants will be exposed to various tools, techniques and training insights on elements of business acceleration and their personal development and access to mentors.
The final round of the pitching competition (Phase 3) will be held from 6-8 September 2017 in Cape Town at the 2017 SA Innovation Summit where these 15 entrepreneurs will be invited to pitch their business and meet investors and business experts.
The overall best performer will receive a grant of R250 000 to move the business forward and a trip to attend Europe’s leading start-up event Slush 2017 in Helsinki, Finland from 30 November - 1 December 2017.