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awief The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) in partnership with the NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is looking for ambitious female leaders in bioscience-based businesses who would like to grow their businesses through an accelerator programme, and gain regional exposure and access to international markets.

If you fit this profile, apply now and don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity.

Stand a chance to win prizes valued at R300 000, including cash grants and incubation support, as well as chance to compete at the regional pitching event and an opportunity to attend the world’s leading and Europe’s biggest startup event in Finland – SLUSH!



The programme will target female entrepreneurs 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 – Bio-entrepreneurs whose business is at minimum R 500 000 and are looking at growing their business twice as much within a year;
  • Social enterprises – Private bio-businesses 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.

The call for applications for FemBioBiz II is open until 20 April 2018.


Email: [email protected]

Visit: www.awieforum.org or www.nepadsanbio.org 

AWIEF fosters women’s economic inclusion, advancement and empowerment through entrepreneurship support and development.

The NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) provides a shared research, development and innovation platform for collaborative research in health and nutrition. The FemBioBiz Season 2 was launched during this year’s SANBio Annual Event on 27 February 2018.


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