‘You always have to try and prove the narrative wrong that women, and black women cannot start a successful company’.
Meet the Lesotho born, founder of iMed Tech, Nneile Nkholise who is making waves in the Tech and business industry.
With a mechanical degree from the Central University of Technology in Bloomfontein, the young Nneile worked as a mechanical engineer in the Department of Public Works in Free State before she made the transition into biotechnology and animal husbandry. In 2015 seeing the need to have more women in power especially in the medical technology sector, Nneile took the path of entrepreneurship and founded iMed Tech.
The biotech company focuses on the manufacture of medical prosthesis and has won her many accolades, including the best female innovator in Africa by the World Economic Forum in 2016. In 2017 she received a salute from the Office of the President for her work and she was named the Young South African Women of the Year, along with being put on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2018.
The success of iMed Tech did not lead to complacency for Nneile as her ambitions grew. In 2018 she stepped into the world of animal husbandry as she founded 3DIMO, a company that specializes in automating livestock data analytics to monitor livestock health. Her company also provides an easy online platform for the sale of livestock, this also gives small scale farmers access the market and have traceability of their livestock trade. In 2021 Nneile won the Margaret Entrepreneur Africa Award during the Journées de la Femme digitale. “I grew up on a continent that faces significant challenges, such as lack of access to quality healthcare and education; no food security; water and energy crisis and crippling poverty for so many people. I want to be one of those young people who has the passion to solve our problems.”