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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.”

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Cell City rewards customers

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Cell City gave away two Toyota Hilux pick up cars worth about P300 000 and three Hisense televion sets worth P15 000 each to their customers through their annual competition.

In partnership with Hisense and Orange Botswana, Cell City conducts annual competitions to reward their customers and contribute to citizen empowerment. Handing over the cars on Friday, Cell City Chief Executive Officer, Brian White said through the competition they want to satisfy their customers and give back to the community. “Cell City and Orange clients were given a chance to win either a Toyota Hilux pickup or a Hisense television set.

All they had to do was purchase any Hisense mobile phone from a Cell City or Orange retail outlet and fill in the competition form in the store,” said White.Thato Ntshabele, who won one of the cars told the Business Trends that she bought a Hisense cell phone worth P900. 00.

“I never expected that I can win a car. I was just filling the forms and dropped into the entry box and I forgot about it. I am so happy to receive this prize and I thank Cell City for this opportunity,” said Ntshabele. Another winner, Dimakatso Mmusi expressed his excitement saying he had always wanted a van and he is grateful to Cell City.

“I just bought a cell phone worth P899.00 at Cell City Railpark mall, I never expected anything, and I was just submitting the form as I was requested by the shop assistants. This car is very useful to me,” said Dimakatso.

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Smecha chillie hits the shelves

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For the love of food and the passion to apply modern technology processes in food manufacturing locally, Kgalaletso Mothoagae established her own brand, Smecha specializing in relishes.

She processes and packages chillie in 325 gramms and 1 litre bottles selling at P50 and P150. She told the Business Trends that she decided to process chillies as it is one of the products that are rarely processed in the food industry.

She started cooking it for home consumption and later started selling to friends and currently the product has gone beyond borders at South African Spar shops and Restaurants. “I couldn’t look for any other vegetable as most of them have already been processed in the market. It is my first product of research in the food industry so I found out that I can do good business with this product. This chillie is free from preservatives but still has extended shelf life of 6 months,” said Mothoagae

The Kanye born young lady studied food technology and has the passion to explore the food processing market in Botswana and contribute to reduce the high food import bill. “I wanted to explore more about food and use my skills to contribute to the development of the local food processing and manufacturing industry. I also wanted to supplement my income at the same time,” said Mothoagae.

She has a degree in Food Technology. She says there is a lot of potential for business growth as there is a demand for the product locally and in South Africa. “My main customers are individuals in homes, they have embraced the product, and they love the taste. There is also a market that has been secured in SA; it is available in several shops like spars and some restaurants”. In future, Mothoagae said she would increase the product range to 10 using various vegetables and flavours.

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