Nneile Nkohlise is well known in South Africa for her work as an innovator, founder, technologist, and risk-taker. She was recognized by the World Economic Forum in Rwanda in 2016 as one of Africa’s Top 5 Female Innovators for her efforts to found iMedTech, a biotech startup with a focus on prosthetics.
In this episode, Nneile reveals the early support and mentorship which started her down her career as an impact entrepreneur. She speaks openly about the struggles to innovate in South Africa, the challenges of local manufacturing, and the market dynamics which continue to limit iMedTech’s growth. Her story provides a glimpse into the energy and potential of the next generation of South African innovators, juxtaposed against the realities which still constrain their growth.
Nneile was recognized in 2017 as the South African Youth of the Year by the Office of the Presidency. In 2018 Forbes Africa magazine named her as one of the Top 30 under 30. In the same year, the All Africa Business Leaders Awards awarded her Industrialist of the Year in Southern Africa. She is a Harambean Entrepreneurship fellow in the class of 2018. She is actively growing her latest venture, 3DIMO, which provides data analytics to strengthen the livestock sector.
- 3DIMO is Nneile’s latest startup, a data analytics firm seeking to strengthen the South African livestock industry.
- Harambeans: Today Nneile is an entrepreneur in residence at Harambeans, an alliance and community of entrepreneurs in Africa.
- SAB (South African Breweries) Foundation hosts the Social Innovation Awards. This was the first grant Nneile received that started her down the path of entrepreneurship.
- The Gauteng Accelerator Program (GAP) hosted by the Innovation Hub was another early investor in Nneile’s work.
- The International Labour Organization (ILO) also recognized and supported Nneile work with iMedTech.
- Forbes 30 under 30 Technology 2018: In 2018, Forbes Africa magazine named Nneile one of the Top 30 Under 30 Technologists in Africa. Her profile in Forbes Africa magazine can be found here.
- The Top 5 Female African Innovators: This article from The African Exponent highlights the achievements for which Nneile was named one of Africa’s Top 5 Female Innovators by the World Economic Forum in Rwanda in 2016.
- National Health Insurance (NHI) in South Africa: This page from the government of South Africa website provides a few details of the 14 year plan to implement NHI in South Africa.