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Female Businesses in Biosciences - Fembiobiz II Acceleration Programme

Ms Lovisa Kambonde- Immanuel (NCRST),Ms Nina Louw (RMB),Ms Ndahekelekwa Paulus (Winner) 4TH PLACE, Ms Mary Shikukutu (Winner) 2ND PL


Women in Biosciences afforded great opportunity through FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme

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15 Mar 2018

Call Closing Date

20 Apr 2018

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The NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) with support from BioFISA II, a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme to Strengthen the SANBio network, has launched the second season of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme. It will be rolled out with the support of partner organisations in 8 countries: Botswana Innovation Hub, mHUB (Malawi), DEV Mozambique, NCRST (Namibia), University of Seychelles, AWIEF (South Africa), WECREATE (Zambia), and National Biotechnology Authority (Zimbabwe).


While there have been attempts at improving participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the representation of women in technology-led enterprises and, in particular, in leadership or managerial positions or as founders of businesses is very low in the SADC region.


More so, sub-Saharan Africa has not been famous for its status as a leader in female inclusion within the economic sector. However, African women are surprisingly beating the odds and defying the obstacles in the field of entrepreneurship in the region.


The NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) provides a shared research, development and innovation platform for collaborative research in health and nutrition. The FemBioBiz Season 2 was launched during this year’s SANBio Annual Event on 27 February 2018.


FemBioBiz Objectives:

  1. Support the business development of female bio entrepreneurs 

  2. Create peer-to-peer networks 

  3. Create awareness for women on the potential careers in the biosciences sector 

  4. Bring ecosystem players together to support female entrepreneurs 



The FemBioBiz will target the following:

  1. Have developed or initiated innovations and inventions;
  2. Are growth oriented; and/or
  3. Have early or mature innovations and have demonstrated social impact; and
  4. As well as female BSc students who have viable innovative and entrepreneurial projects or initiatives.



  1. Innovative company

Entrepreneurs whose business is based on an innovative biotechnology and other

technologies that impact health and nutrition  

  1. Growth business

Entrepreneurs whose business is at minimum R 500 000 and are looking at growing their business twice as much within a year

  1. Social innovation

Businesses targeting at the lower end of the pyramid (BoP) 

  1. Student entrepreneurs 

Female students in tertiary institutions, feasible idea based on innovative

technologies that impact health and nutrition


 FemBioBiz Application Form


More info:

http://www.nepadsanbio.org/index.php/opportunities-funding/campaigns-competitions/fembiobiz-acceleration- programme-season-2  


Contact: NCRST Innovation and Industrial Research Division, 061 431 7000


This call for FemBioBiz Season 2 closes on 20 April 2018.