Ms Lovisa Kambonde- Immanuel (NCRST),Ms Nina Louw (RMB),Ms Ndahekelekwa Paulus (Winner) 4TH PLACE, Ms Mary Shikukutu (Winner) 2ND PLACE , Ms Renthia Kaimbi (Winner)1ST PLACE, Ms Enid Keramen (NCRST), Ms Anna-Claire Mikat (GIZ), Ms Mpingana Dax (Winner)3RD PLACE
Windhoek, Namibia – The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) together with the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) launched the FemBioBiz Acceleration programme in March 2018. This programme is aimed at supporting female-owned businesses in Biosciences. The purpose of the FemBioBiz programme is to create a network of women bio-entrepreneurs in the SADC region, to develop leadership, technological and business skills in female-owned businesses as well as to support deal-making and business acceleration in the Biosciences sector.
SANBio is a NEPAD Agency Flagship for collaborative research, development and innovation platform aimed at addressing Southern Africa's challenges in health and nutrition. The Network is comprised of 13 of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member States and operates on a Regional Hub (The CSIR in South Africa) and Country Nodes model. The current SANBio Member States are Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The NCRST as the coordinator for FemBioBiz II in Namibia, kicked off the programme with a stakeholders’ workshop on the 15th March 2018 at the NCRST premises.
The FemBioBiz II programme held a two-phased approach in Namibia. The programme has run the phase 1 and 2 in-country competitions, where winners from Phase 1 proceeded to the Phase 2 workshop. 44 applications were received, of which 22 applicants were selected to participate in Phase 1, entailing Business Model Canvas and pitch training and of the 22, 15 applicants made it to Phase 2.
The Phase 2 workshop was divided into Bootcamp 1 & 2 trainings respectively. The Phase 2 workshop held in 18-20 June 2018, started with a 3-day Bootcamp 1 training focusing on business strategy, marketing and financial training as well as pitch preparation and exercises. The Bootcamp 2 training held on the 17-18 July 2018, focused on areas such as intellectual property (IP), legal and human resources. A 1-day pitch competition took place on the 19th July after Bootcamp 2 training to select the in-country (national) winners.
The prizes for national winners were sponsored by NCRST, FNB Namibia Holdings Foundation Trust and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The national winners are:
1st prize: pebble computer and N$ 80 000.00
Renthia Kaimbi – AquaGreens Namibia,
2nd Prize: pebble computer and N$ 60 000.00
Mary Shikukutu – NT Okawa Trading CC,
3rd Prize: pebble computer and N$ 40 000.00
Mpingana Dax - Kuti Oil,
4rth prize: N$ 20 000.00
Ndahekelekwa Paulus – Fluffy Mallows
The 4 national winners will compete at the South African Innovation Summit on the 12-14 September 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. Thereafter, regional winners will compete at Europe’s biggest Start-up Festival, SLUSH in Finland on the 4-5 December 2018.