FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme - Season 4 Training Grants

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SANBio Empowering Female-owned Bio-Businesses!

For FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme is back with Season 4! 

Season 2 Winners announced

Videos from FemBioBiz previous seasons can be found here.

Images from FemBioBiz previous seasons can be found here.




The FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme is implemented in eight countries:

Botswana (Botswana Innovation Hub)Malawi (mHUB)Mozambique (DEV Mozambique)Namibia (NCRST)
Seychelles (The Guy Morel Institute and NISTI)South Africa (AWIEF)Zambia (WECREATE)
Zimbabwe (National Biotechnology Authority)

Individuals from all the 13 SANBio member states in SADC were eligible to apply: successful applicants took part in the nearest country’s programme.


FemBioBiz Season 2 participants


Please note that this activity will be implemented through partner institutions in the region over 6 months.

FemBioBiz Acceleration Season 4 Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a business registered in the country where FemBioBiz is running its programs 
  • Preference will be given to FemBioBiz Alumni
  • Should have a product or service on the market
  • Must be an active post-revenue business and viable 
  • Demonstrate capacity and dedication to scale the business
  • Must demonstrate sound financial performance/practices.
  • Deliver products, services, and business models that create social within the community.
  • Innovative and want to scale their business
  • Should have the ability to leverage digital platforms either for e-commerce or general digital marketing




FemBioBiz Season 2 participants


What is the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme?

SANBio is looking for ambitious female leaders in bioscience-based businesses who would like to grow their business through an acceleration programme, and gain regional exposure and access to international markets.

The FemBioBiz  Acceleration Programme Season 4 focuses on training for resilience and imparting skills and knowledge to enterprises, academia, students, government and civil society on how to use digital platforms & 4IR platforms to reach new market (increase sales), scale impact, and create jobs. 

FemBioBiz is funded by AUDA-NEPAD SANBio with the support of BioFISA II, a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme to strengthen the SANBio network. Prizes at the country level are courtesy of our partners.


FemBioBiz Season 2 participants


The programme targets female entrepreneurs (and students) with a business involving biotechnologies and other technologies in health or nutrition under the following categories:


  • Innovative businesses - Entrepreneurs whose business is based on an innovative biotechnology or other technologies that impact health and nutrition;
  • Growth businesses - Bioentrepreneurs whose business is at a maximum of R 500 000 and are looking at growing their business twice as much within a year;
  • Social enterprises - Private biobusinesses or bioenterprises with impact targeting the base or bottom of the pyramid (BoP);
  • Female students in tertiary institutions - With feasible ideas based on innovative biotechnologies or other technologies that impact health and nutrition.


FemBioBiz Season 2 participants



Application period Coming Soon!


Queries can be directed to fembiobiz@nepadsanbio.org