Mechanical Engineering Technologist and Founder of Likoebe Innovations and iMed Tech, Nneile Nkholise, has been selected as a finalist in the Africa Entrepreneurship Awards.

Now in its third year, the initiative provides support for African entrepreneurs living in Africa and abroad – to develop businesses across the continent in education, the environment or something uncharted.

Likoebe Innovations is a design and innovation company spanning in the education and healthcare sector creating games, toys and prosthetics.

iMed Tech, which was incubated at The Innovation Hub’s, BioPark@Gauteng business incubator, is a medical prosthesis company designing and manufacturing external prosthesis of quality standards to restore the loss of a body feature.

The prosthesis, which is as natural as a real breast, is made using medical grade silicone that ensures bio-compatibility to the skin; because of this the product ensures great fit and form.

The BioPark@Gauteng business incubator provides business development support to start-ups in the health, agriculture and industrial biotechnology sectors. The support is provided in collaboration with Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD), the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and the eGoliBio Life Sciences Incubator.

Since its incubation at the BioPark business incubator in January 2017, iMed Tech has benefited from business mentorship, business training as well as financial and commercialisation support, according to a statement issued by the Innovation Hub.

“iMed Tech is one of many innovative companies that come from The Innovation Hub’s BioPark business incubator. We are truly proud of the work that they are doing to restore the dignity of women who had mastectomies and for creating jobs whilst doing so. We wish them all the best of success with the Africa Entrepreneurship Awards,” said BioPark Business Development Manager, Anéa Burke.

In her short career Nkholise has made great strides since starting iMed Tech 2015. In 2016 she was recognised as Africa’s top female innovator at the World Economic Forum and successfully competed in the Discovery MedTech Silicon-Valley programme around her work in 3D modelling.

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