On Friday, the World Economic Forum on Africa presented the five winners of the conference’s challenge to find Africa’s top women innovators.
The winners, whose innovations were from the areas including mobile health insurance, solar powered vending carts, bio medical materials and IT training as well as food processing, hail from Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
The female innovators were selected based on the criteria for the WEF Africa challenge. This required entrant companies to be less than three years old, be earning revenue for at least a year and have proven innovation and positive social impact.
One of them was Nneile Nkholise – iMED Tech Group, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
The iMED Tech Group uses additive manufacturing to design breast and facial prostheses for cancer and burn victims. The company only employs African women under the age of 30 with research backgrounds in mechanical engineering.