The 2nd phase of the Zambian edition of FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme Season 2 concluded on Friday last week in Lusaka, with four female bio-entrepreneurs selected to represent the country at the annual SA Innovation Summit to be held in September in Cape Town.
After three days of phase 2 training facilitated by WECREATE | ZAMBIA, the competition saw 7 female entrepreneurs and 4 students pitch their businesses and innovative ideas, varying from advanced agroprocessing to an anti-tuberculosis handkerchief, to a panel of 7 judges.
The judges included Ngosa Bwalya, Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Altus Financial Services; Rodney Malindi Sikumba, the Chief Executive Officer Hult Travel Agents and board member of Zambia Association of Manufacturers; Dr Chitundu Kasase, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Technology Business Centre; Dr Luke Mugode, the Head of the Nutrition & Dietetic Food Technology Department at APEX Medical University; Taonga Phiri of Total Zambia Ltd, Trevor Hambayi of Development Finance Associates; and Andrew Chiselebwe, Head of Business Development at Professional Insurance Zambia Limited.
The four winners were Muzalema Mwanza from Safe Motherhood Allliance, who pitched a delivery kit for pregnant women, Sarah Ngwenya of Kalomo Grain Marketing Ltd, producing value-added legume seeds, Winnifred Nachivula of Nazya Foods, who is producing various value-added products based on indigenous foods such as cassava, and lastly Godfridah Masaiti, a pharmacy student at the University of Zambia School of Medicine, who pitched the development of an HIV medicine transdermal patch.
The winners each received their share of 250,000 Zambian kwachas to further develop their businesses and products. The next stage is for them to compete with the finalists from the other participating countries at the SA Innovation Summit from 12-13 September 2018.
For updates and results from the other participating countries as they become available, visit our FemBioBiz Season 2 pages.