National Innovation Challenge for Women/FemBioBiz 3
For generations, women have been disadvantaged with regards to many spheres of life; from politics, economics and education. While some parts of the world have made significant strides in narrowing this gender gap, significant disparities are still conspicuous, especially in the global south region of the world.
Goal No. 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs on Gender Equality clearly states: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” (UNDP, 2015). Similarly, SDG-9 is on promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization through fostering innovation.
Business name: Team Hermit Creations as 'New Earth Apparel'. (Tech)
Business Description: Team Hermit Creations creates unique eco-friendly Namibian fashion that is cleaner, greener and friendlier, using sustainable technologies and raw materials for harmony with the Earth and all its inhabitants.
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Business name: EarthChild Creations cc
Business description: EarthChild Creations is an upcycling company founded to help provide affordable, quality and durable products from recycled waste. Our main products are bricks and paving tiles, manufactured from recycled plastic, handbags and jewellery from recycled cans and household items such as laundry baskets and food place mats from recycled newspaper.
Business Profile: Findo Marketing cc (Findit)
Business description: Findo marketing cc is a start-up marketing corporation with a focus on promoting local entrepreneurs via SMS marketing. Non-digital (non-smartphone/katorch) mobile users comprise about 40% of the world’s mobile users and these users remain excluded from access to information from the digital social media, internet and other numerous Apps. Findo Marketing cc saw a gap in these potential marketing market and developed its flagship service offering, called Findit.
Findit SMS Marketing Platform (Findit) which is a first of its kind SMS search engine solution to the digital marketing divide. Findit provides inclusive, affordable, fast and reliable 2-way communication between ANY mobile user and registered local product and service providers within Namibia.
With a simple SMS text to 33345 of the product/service you require, smartphone or katorch mobile users can obtain contact information of local products and services from anywhere at any time within Namibia. Our 33345 SMS short code is accessible 24/7 throughout Namibia and we value fast and reliable communication which is convenient, easy and affordable to solve everyday information gap problems. Each SMS is charged at N$1.50 including VAT.
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Business name: Hannah Nangula Cosmetics
Business description: Hannah Nangula Cosmetics is a woman-owned Namibian cosmetics company started in 2019 and launched its first full beauty coverage cream foundation, tested and developed in Namibia. Our long-term goal is expanding our products range and contribute to local employment creation and value addition manufacturing our products in Namibia.
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Business name: Green from Gills
Business description Aquaponics is simply described, as the process of using fish waste as a natural fertilizer for the growth of fruit and vegetables in a closed circuit that allows the water to be recycled.
At Greens from Gills we believe that a healthy, balanced meal should not be a privilege, but a right to all. We strive to provide food security and employment by implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. By using the ancient technique of aquaponics, we not only provide healthy and A grade produce but by using this method we also use space and water sustainably.
Business name: Namibian Optimus Investment cc
Business description: Namibia Optimus Investment is a small business established and formalised in 2014. We are specializing in providing innovative and efficient information technology solutions for small to medium sized businesses.
We also offer technology lessons after school to children from the ages of 5 to 16. The program is called NOI Coding Kids. Our aim is to build a community of creative, logical thinking, and innovative Namibian children. Our classes enable children and teens to gain a critical skill called Coding. Coding is the language of technology and every child should understand the basic of computer code
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Business name: The Learning Hub
Business description: The Learning Hub is an online platform where everyone’s teacher is everyone’s student, a platform designed to address the following: 1.Give learners (grade 9 - 12) an opportunity to access multiple teachers in their own comfort across all regions in Namibia and 2.Give teachers (grade 9 - 12) an opportunity to access to a large portfolio of learners across all schools.
The Learning Hub will help reduce the falling rate of grade 9 -12 learners by helping those who are struggling due to lack of materials, shortages in teachers and unqualified teachers. This will also reduce unemployment drastically as qualified teachers can now make a living offering multiple content (Videos, exercises and assessments) to a broader audience. Teachers will be able to create videos online which learners from multiple schools can access online for urban areas and offline for rural areas.
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Business name: Ndapamekwa Investment cc
Business description: We sell natural honey which is good for its health benefits as it is organic, full of medicinal properties. Honey is used by everyone as medicine because it is anti-diabetic, antioxidants, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. Honey is a good replacement of sugar and can be used as preservatives because it doesn't expire.
Honey is used in beauty industry as it is good for the skin either applied directly or used in many beauty products. Honey is a good medicine for children with cough or flu and boosts immune system. Therefore, the honey is a relief to health problems without any bad effects because it is natural.
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Business name: Rivatera Omuni poultry
Business description: Rivatera Omuni poultry project farms with poultry for meat and eggs, integrated with the production of worms, to be used as chicken feed as it is very rich in protein. The project will provide fresh chicken meat and eggs to the community and shops, thus reducing overdependence on red meat consumption in the community and ultimately enhancing the health status of the community.
Additionally, the community will cut costs of travelling to nearby towns to buy poultry meat and eggs. The project will also sell locally produced manure to other farmers and chicks to other start-up poultry farmers.
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Business name: Nam-Oceanic Kelp Production Enterprise CC
Business description: We collect seaweeds that is regarded as waste from the Namibian coast and use it to make chicken feed that we will supply to chicken farmers in Namibia. We have been facing long drought spells over the years due to poor rainfall, which resulted in feed suppliers importing feed from other countries at an expensive price.
Our aim is to serve chicken farmers, mainly startups with affordable feed and hopefully bring a stop to the import of feed, which will help make our Namibia Self-sustainable. Namibia have a huge marine resource base, low population but high unemployment rate, it is for this reason We believe in adding value to the available resources we have to create an impact, in essence helping to create employment.
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Business name: Genetix MetazoaTM
Business description: Dindoli Scientific cc T/A Genetix MetazoaTM is a 100% Namibian owned biotechnology company that provides undisputable identification of animals were ear tags, brand marks, tattoos or any other form of identification is deficient. Our identification makes the use of Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) which is uniquely present in all body parts of the animal.
This essentially means the animal traces itself and can be identified when found even without ear tags, brand marks, tattoos or other tracking devices. This identification technology is admissible and have been applied in the court of law to resolve livestock theft disputes, game poaching cases and livestock insurance claim validations
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Business name: Vejora Investment Lucerne Plantation cc
Business description: Vejora Investment Lucerne Plantation was established to produce and package affordable lucerne as animal feeds to communal farmers. Our goal is, to increase the production and packaging of lucerne to other regions and to build a good reputation in the field of agriculture.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 0812460622
Business name: Chrisla Essentials Cosmetics cc
Chrisla Essentials Cosmetics cc is a 100% Namibian social impact company dedicated to bringing the highest quality natural cosmetic products to customers through a unique distribution channel that brings extraordinary income to families.
We are committed to empowering people to improve lives with a rewarding business opportunity for all by creating a leading Namibian Direct Selling Cosmetics Company. We designed our compensation plan to be as rewarding and simple as possible, so that anyone with a little determination can succeed. All our product are made in Namibia and made from 100% pure essential and carrier oils.
Business name: Mama N Agricultural Enterprise cc
Business Description: Mama N Agricultural Enterprise cc is a business that specializes in selling Fresh Tilapia fish and fish products, live Oshiwambo chicken and fresh chicken cuts and vegetables, such as tomatoes, onions, spinach, carrots, green pepper and pumpkins. In future, the business will also offer exclusive selections including chicken manure and pet food from chicken and fish offal.
Business name: FARM2PLATE
Business description: Mo-nize FARM2PLATE is an integrated farming business of poultry and horticulture production. On the horticultural production component, we are using a water saving drip irrigation system to produce maize, cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach and watermelon for sale to the communities.
The project also farms with bushvelds chicken, for eggs and chick’s production, whose manure is re-integrated into the crop production, thus cutting on the use of chemical fertilizers.
Contact: email@example.com/ 0811481919
Business name: NAMRECYCLERS
Business description: NAMRECYCLERS creates alternative sustainable solutions by producing plastic lumber, made from recyclable plastic waste that contains high- and low-density polythene (HDPE) which can be used as an alternative to wooded posts factoring in deforestation for building traditional homes, as well as for general construction and fencing posts.
The plastic lumber is more durable than wood and can withstand environmental elements such as heat, rain and fire. NAMRECYCLERS also offers organic compost made up of food and garden waste to encourage vegetable farming for food security. Hence, the company contributes to cleaning the environment ensuring that the ecosystem is not disturbed as a result of unmanaged plastic, food and garden waste.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 0812805621
Business name: NamGeotrack Solutions
Business description: NamGeotrack Solutions is a startup company initiated and co-founded by Mwalwa Nkandi and Loise Iiyambo, two graduates with a background in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and with the want to help the farming community keep their livestock protected and heathy from theft, injury, natural disaster and infectious diseases at national, regional and farm level.
At NamGeotrack, we aim at building personal relationships with each of our clients, by taking care of their herds. Using our customized GPS/GSM tracking collar and sensor devices and subscription website farmers will be able to remotely monitor the locations, behavior and health status of their cattle in real time.
The locational data from the tracking devices will not only be used for tracking but will be linked to environmental data for research and analysis purposes, to identify areas with water and grazing, Areas that are overgrazed or under grazed, Areas where there’s disease outbreaks etc., show dominant areas where cattle mostly spends more time etc.
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Business name: Serg & Svet cc
Business Description: Under the parent company Start-up, we offer Sarita Oil Blends™ a proudly Namibian All-Natural Hair & Skin Oil products. With an increase in the consumption of organic products in Namibia and a passion for botanical formulation, we identified a gap in locally produced natural hair and skin products and seized the opportunity to develop products that not only meet the demand but at the same time contribute to a fast growing, yet infant Namibian organic product industry.
All ingredients are locally sourced, with the majority being Indigenous and the others from neighboring countries. We specialize in using modern IT solution & tools (e.g. our e-commerce platform / online store Casa de Lana & Social Media platforms) to brand, market & sell our products.
Business name: Agape Furniture
Business description: Agape Furniture intends to upcycle car parts into useful furniture by recycling the amount of waste from unused car parts in Namibia and teaching Namibian citizens on how to re-use, recycle and upcycle those parts instead of taking them dumping them.
Business name: African Naturals cc
Description: African Naturals is a Namibian based ethnic hair and skin care line and, an initiative dedicated to the cultural preservation of the African aesthetic. We are passionate about the healing and restorative powers of natural products and essential oils. We pride ourselves on combining the best ingredients that nature has to offer in order to achieve hair health, whilst celebrating Africa’s rich heritage.
All our products are 100% natural and free of artificial ingredients such as; mineral oil, synthetic preservatives, parabens, artificial fragrances, sulphates and animal ingredients. African Naturals is a locally crafted, self-love collection of hand-made skin and hair products made with a unique blend of organic, plant-based, herbal and African ingredients.
Business name: Sheba Organics
Business description: Sheba Organics is a Namibian based organic cosmetics line, which is an entity based on using natural raw materials, such as eemheke and natural oils produced in Namibia.
Our products are organic certified and free form harmful substances such as; parabens, artificial colorants and synthetic preservatives. We pride ourselves in adding value to Namibian and African indigenous raw material, whilst empowering local women and men in rural communities involved in the primary extraction.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 0816757912
Business name: Power Six Investment cc
Business description: Power Six investment cc prides in turning trash into treasures, by upcycling oil barrels that could otherwise be regarded as litter into well refined and affordable furniture.
The traditional method of making furniture is not environmentally friendly as it cuts down trees, leading to deforestation, which in turns negatively contributes to climate change. Power Six Investment cc offers you quality and customized furniture, not produced at the expense of our environment.
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Business name: Punikwa Trading Enterprises cc
Business description: Punikwa Agro- Processing is committed to promote innovation through value addition on the locally produced pearl millet (Mahangu) in an ethical and environmentally sound manner through the following value addition chain; Procuring law materials or (own production) or buying from the local farmers, dehauling, clashing and processing in onto final products which is the instant porridge.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 0821248581
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Business name: Mist Agricultural Laboratory (MISTAL)
Business description: Mist Agricultural Laboratory (MISTAL) is a startup company and laboratory that has been founded by two young black Namibian females. MISTAL will be operating from the Mashare Agricultural Development Institute (MADI) in the Kavango East Region.
The space adequately provides/caters for all the intended departments of the laboratory and will ensure short turnaround time for all laboratory analysis. MIST Agricultural Laboratory will close gaps in the food quality assurance and nutritional information labeling industry.
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Business name: NAILA FOODS
Business description: Naila Foods is a moderately priced Sandwiches/ Wraps and Tortilla food truck bar, focusing on health and quality. Customers get to create their own sandwiches and wraps, choosing from a variety of healthier options. Naila Foods will bake its own bread, going for a fibre-rich wholegrain loaf rather than refined white bread. Naila Foods is totally reinventing the sandwich and wrap business.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 0813107595
Business name: ZNK Creations cc
Business description: Business idea, reuse & upcycling materials of waste materials to create furniture such as; chairs, tables, benches, cupboards customized to customer’s needs. Due to the economic down turn, most people have lower salaries and it’s a challenge for them to get affordable furniture, the materials we use, which includes; bottles, newspapers, jude ropes, pillow sponge amongst many, makes it possible for us to manufacture affordable furniture.