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The SA Innovation Summit is excited will once again be hosting the regional event for the FEMBioBiz Acceleration Programme for 2018. 24 female entrepreneurs from across Southern Africa will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges, comprising of Venture Capitalists and Funders.   The SA Innovation Summit recognises the invaluable role played by women in shaping our future and is committed to strengthening ecosystems in the region – hence hosting this final pitching competition for the second year in a row,  is a highlight on the Summit’s programme.

After completing a number of rounds of in-country training and pitching their businesses, the 24 finalists will compete against each other for the winning position and while the winner does get special recognition, every applicant who entered the competition is considered a winner and will have a whole new knowledge skill set and experiences enabling them to grow their businesses.  At the Summit, all finalists will benefit from extensive media exposure, business matching opportunities with investors, funders and potential markets and an opportunity to learn and share knowledge at the Summit while establishing new collaborations and networks.

In addition to this FEMBioBiz will send the top performers to this year’s SLUSH event.  SLUSH is Europe’s biggest start-up and tech event, organised annually in Helsinki, Finland. In 2017, Slush gathered 20,000 attendees, including 2,600 startups, 1,500 investors and 600 journalists, together representing over 130 countries.


More about the FEMBioBiz Acceleration Programme

The NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio), with support from the BioFISA II Programme, launched an acceleration programme aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs in biosciences, the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme. The FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme has been created to develop leadership, technological and business skills in female-owned businesses in the SADC region to support deal-making and business acceleration in the Biosciences arena. The programme will be implemented in eight countries namely, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


The NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a platform for shared biosciences research, development and innovation to address health and nutrition challenges in Southern Africa and it is hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa.



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