FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme - Season 2

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SANBio Empowering Female-owned Bio-Businesses!

For FemBioBiz Season 2 over 500 applications were received from 10 countries.

Over 150 of the applicants were selected for Phase 1, with 90 of them going through to Phase 2.

In the final phase, 32 finalists from 10 countries pitched at the

Regional Grand Finale held at the SA Innovation Summit, 12-13 September 2018.

Media release: FemBioBiz Grand Finale

Season 2 Winners announced

Videos from FemBioBiz Season 2 can be found here.

Images from FemBioBiz Season 2 can be found here.


For Season 3, click here!


Through our partners, in 2018 the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme was 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


Prizes include cash grants and incubation support

Botswana – Prizes valued at R450 000!

Business Advisory services, capacity building and innovation support will be provided for a period of 6 months for pre-incubation, 18 months for incubation and 6 months for acceleration.

Seychelles – Prizes valued at R76 840!

Leadership and mentorship programmes in conjunction with partners such as Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, Air Seychelles, Seychelles Investment Board and Seychelles Tourism Board.

Mozambique – Prizes valued at R228 000!

Incubation, marketing and financial support services for the top performers.

Zimbabwe – Prizes valued at R300 000!

Cash prizes and other in-kind contributions for the top performers.

Zambia – Prizes valued at R300 000!

Cash and incubation prizes for the top performers.

Malawi – Prizes valued at R206 640!

Incubation and mentorship for 3 months.

Namibia – Prizes valued at R300 000!

Cash and in-kind prizes including incubation and mentorship.

South Africa – Prizes valued at R300 000!

Up to R75 000 per winner in cash and in-kind prizes.

... and more prizes to come!

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.

Participants stand a chance to win amazing prizes in their countries, attend SA Innovation Summit, and an opportunity to attend Europe’s biggest start-up event - Slush!

FemBioBiz is funded by NEPAD SANBio with the support of BioFISA II, a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme to strengthen the SANBio network. Prizes at 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 minimum 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


Programme Timeline


FemBioBiz Season 2 timeline


Application period closed on 20 April 2018.


Queries can be directed to fembiobiz@nepadsanbio.org