Connect with us

Business

BIH stimulates female entreprenership

Published

on

Winners of the FemBioBiz – Female in Bio-technology Businesses Programme Competition will get an opportunity to compete in the SA Innovation Summit start-up competition in Cape Town for a trip to Silicon Valley where they will stand a chance to win $1 million.

The four, Bame Rammala and Kamogelo Mmereki brains behind Antimicrobial Toilet Seat, Tlotlo Phuduhudu of Healthy Delights, Tuduetso Tebape of Nubian Seed and Bonolo Monthe of Maungo Craft, were selected from 10 finalists from the 47 applications across Botswana.

FemBioBiz, a programme by the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) exist in eight SADC countries; Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Innovation and Technology Director at BIH, Dr Budzanani Tacheba said the 2018 FemBioBiz Awards recognises women entrepreneurs who have developed or initiated innovations and inventions; women entrepreneurs who are growth oriented; women entrepreneurs who have early or mature innovations and have demonstrated social impact and; women postgraduate students who have viable innovative and entrepreneurial projects or initiatives.

According to Dr Tacheba, the awards were a culmination of tailor-made acceleration programme with a series of boot-camps, workshops and coaching sessions for finalists to assist them to scale up their business ventures and increase their value as leaders and role models in the community. BIH serves as a strategic partner for the implementation of the FemBioBiz Season Two Acceleration Programme Competition. Dr Tacheba further added that in addition to being hosted by the BIH Entrepreneurship Programme, winners would have access to the Hub’s three stages of Pre-incubation, Incubation and Acceleration.

“There are opportunities to proceed to further participate at a global start-up festival called SLUSH in Helsinki, Finland in November 2018.”The FemBioBiz programme also creates a platform for women to network and access regional and international markets, obtain business development skills and access financing.

Since inception, the Programme has received over 600 applications from 10 SADC member states and trained over 200 women with businesses that address the health and nutrition challenges of the SADC region. Partners Bame Rrammala and Kamogelo Mmereki are excited about the opportunity to meet potential investors and a chance to network with other women in bio businesses.
The duo, Biological Science and Bio Technology students at BUIST are developing antimicrobial toilet seats that will prevent contamination of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites on toilet seats.

Tlotlo Phuduhudu of Health Delights is grateful for the opportunity to represent Botswana at the Cape Town regional competition.“This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about our company and what we do,” she said. Healthy Delights produce animal feeds, and other animal products.

BIH’s Brand and Communications Manager, Kemiso Ben said, “By recognising the FemBioBiz winners, BIH remains committed to supporting women entrepreneurs leading Bio technology innovations that are financially sustainable and socially responsible. FemBioBiz competition continues to contribute to the local and regional economy, by seeking out courageous female entrepreneurs who continuously innovate sustainable solutions for present and future generations.”

Continue Reading
Comments

Business

SMEs benefit from Consumer Fair growth

Published

on

The Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) has applauded Botswana Consumer Fair’s continued efforts to improve small to medium enterprises’ linkages.

BITC Chief Executive Officer, Keletsositse Olebile, when opening the fair, said the event has provided interactive forum for both local and foreign exhibitors. He said the shopping show has enabled manufacturers, wholesalers and traders to market their products directly to consumers, an alignment to government’s endeavors.

“As part of government intention, we continually encourage local sourcing by retailers and distributors,” said Olebile who is just few months into his new post. He further celebrated the growth of Botswana Consumer Fair over the years, attributing the expansion to quality of goods displayed at the previous shows.“Improved quality and increased variety of wares increases the interest of the visitors and makes them look forward to returning the following year,” said Olebile.

This year’s exhibitors at the 13th event still running under the banner: ‘It is more than just shopping’ have been drawn from Lesotho, Zambia, Swaziland, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Japan, India, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Consumer Fair is a flagship event for Fairgrounds Holdings and provides a platform for small medium enterprises (SMEs) from the different sectors of the economy to showcase and promote their products and services. In addition, the SMEs are expected to establish long term business linkages and promote local manufactured goods.Fairgrounds Holdings is already optimistic that the Fair immensely contribute to the socio-economic development of the country through supporting SMEs.

Continue Reading

Business

‘Involve SMMEs in standards development’-Minister

Keikantse Lesemela

Published

on

Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenewendo appealed to Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) to include the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) when developing the standards to improve the sector.

She said the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry has identified three areas of focus going forward which are modeled on SMME development, investment promotion and export development apexes. “I would like to implore you to include this sector in standards development processes and assist in improving SMMEs conformity to standards and compliance to technical regulations,” said Kenewendo.

Speaking during the BOBS Technical Committee Members appreciation ceremony on Thursday, Kenewendo explained that the important roles of standards are underpinned by the aspirations and intentions espoused in both diversified export led economic growth and job creation as priority areas. “It goes without saying that the diversification of the economy requires a National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework that promote competitiveness of Botswana goods and services.”

She also emphasized that an effective National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework are essential as they provide crucial links to global trade, market access and export competitiveness through their contribution to consumer confidence in product safety, quality and the environment.Since inception in 1997 BOBS has published more than 1700 standards through 48 technical committees across several sectors of the economy; 109 certification licences have been issued against some of these standards. Currently 46 Botswana Standards are being implemented through the standards regulations with a view to protecting the health and safety of consumers as well as protection of the environment.

On her note, BOBS Vice Chairperson of the Standards Council, Professor Edward Dintwa said standards are powerful tools for helping organisations that implement them to realize their potential, have access and compete in the global marketplace. “In this highly competitive and complex world, issues of sustainability and productivity, viewed from economic, environmental and societal perspectives require that businesses must be more efficient in their operations, which can be achieved through the implementation of standards”.

Continue Reading

Trending