A recipient of the Presidential award for Science, Innovation and Technology at the South African Youth Awards in 2017, SAB Foundation Social Innovation Award, recognised as Africa’s top female innovator at the World Economic Forum on Africa, named by Forbes Africa in its 30 Under 30 Technology List for 2018, where she was ranked 13th, rising entrepreneur Nneile Nkholise is influencing her world and there’s no stopping her.
She is Founder & Director @ iMED Tech Group – a Biotechnology company specializing in the design and manufacturing of custom-made medical solutions to improve lives of Africans and Founder 3DIMO, a sport data company which lends expertise using athlete’s specific bio-mechanical data to detect, analyse and prevent sport-related injuries.
Leveraging on her tech background and experience, her strong desire to change lives has proudly placed her amongst Africa’s top entrepreneurs driving immense impact.
‘You always have to try and prove the narrative wrong that women, and black women cannot start a successful company – iMed Tech Founder, Nneile Nkholise
Passionate about providing innovations solutions bordering on health and education, in 2015, keying from her experience in 3D applications while studying for her MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Central University of Technology, with research into the application of additive manufacturing in the fabrication of facial prosthesis, Nneile, in view of helping women who due to cancer had to undergo a mastectomy utilised that technology in the creation of breast forms as well as proffering other solutions, launched her iMed Tech initiative
“I started the company because I saw many challenges in the medical sector that could be solved by creating a strong collaboration between engineering and medicine to create solutions that are unique and custom made to fit each person,” she explains.
The Lesotho-born who launched her career in 2011 as a mechanical engineer at the Free State’s Public Works Department is also about empowering the girl child, she also lends her expertise as well as resources towards encouraging young girls to take up STEM and entrepreneurship.
She is a finalist of the 2016 Gauteng Accelerator Programme and a Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) fellow.
iMed Tech which produces medical prosthesis, bio-implants, dental aligners and custom made surgical planning models, looks towards making an impact through printing of internal organs in the nearest future.