Afrobodies came out on top in the bioprocessing category at a gala event held for finalists in the 2018 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP-SA), last week. As well as winning the category, the biotech start-up claimed the prize for best woman-led team in the same category. The cash prizes involved add up to R150k. Afrobodies was also awarded R75k in funding for an overseas trip to explore market opportunities.
The GCIP-SA is part of a global initiative that supports innovative entrepreneurs in growing their SMEs and start-ups into viable and sustainable businesses. The programme involves intensive coaching and mentoring over period of four months. It was integrated into the South African government’s Technology and Innovation Agency (TIA) on 1 January 2018, after four years as a donor funded project. Founding partners were the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Global Environment Facility, and TIA.
Afrobodies CEO, Benedicta Mahlangu, was presented with the prize by the Director General of the Department of Science and Technology, Dr Phil Mjwara, and by the CEO of TIA, Mr Barlow Manilal.
Afrobodies was one of 44 companies across the cleantech, bioprocessing and medical devices sectors, that were selected to participate in the GCIP-SA 2018 programme.