Name: Nneile Nkholise
Business: iMed Tech
City, Country: Rivonia, South Africa
Website URL: http://www.likoebe.com/Home/
Nneile Nkholise is founder at Likoebe Innovation Consultants, which focuses on creating innovations that contribute immensely towards achieving sustainable development goals in Africa. The 27-year-old hails from Thaba Nchu in the Free State and is passionate about developing innovations in health and education, and exploiting the rising wave of emerging technologies in the implementation to solve social challenges.
In 2015, Nneile launched iMed Tech, a medical prosthesis design and manufacturing company, currently segmented in breast prosthesis and looking at creating custom designed breast-forms for people who have undergone mastectomy due to breast cancer, using 3D design and additive manufacturing in the process chain. The idea from iMed Tech came from Nneile’s Master’s research in mechanical engineering from Central University of Technology where she investigated the application of additive manufacturing in fabrication of facial prosthesis. From that study, she discovered that the same processes can be utilized to create breast forms as currently there is an ever-growing number of women affected by breast cancer and many have to undergo a mastectomy.
iMed Tech is preparing for the launch of its first breast prosthesis product called “Neyne – gold range” which is the standard breast form.
Nneile is currently pursuing her MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Central University of Technology, with her research focus in the applications of additive manufacturing in fabricating medical prosthesis. In past years, Nneile was one of the winners of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation awards, a finalist in the Gauteng Accelerator programme and part of the Discovery MedTech Silicon Valley programme. She has been recognised as Africa’s top female innovator at the World Economic Forum on Africa held in Rwanda last year and was also one of the 100 entrepreneurs selected to represent their countries at the Global Entrepreneurship summit 2016 in San Francisco.
As a Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) fellow, Nneile had the following to say about the TTEP incubator: “I have learnt a lot about the key components of my business – finance, marketing, sales, research, and how to plug all those together to build a strategy plan for the business. The programme gave me an opportunity to connect with various entrepreneurs in Africa who share the same vision as I do in promoting quality healthcare in Africa as one of the most important pillars in making Africa and its people prosperous. The TEEP programme has enabled me to become part of something so great, and my life has never been the same again. It was great to know that I was among some of the top entrepreneurs in Africa. As entrepreneurs, we often forget to applaud our accomplishments and that moment helped realize that I was doing something good for Africa, and I should grow pride in the impact that I am making.”
Contact details: 2nd Floor Rivonia Village, Cnr Mutual Road & Rivonia Boulevard, Rivonia. Tel: (011) 259 9000 Mobile: 073 884 0653; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.