International Day of Women and Girls in Science lands on the 11th February every year. In the wake of the COVID19 pandemic this year global theme is “Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID19”. Aligning with this theme – Growth Accelerator Malawi would like to flag one of its own women scientists in the forefront of the fight against COVID19 in Malawi. One of our women-led ventures, Apex Medical Laboratories has been certified to conduct COVID19 testing for the general public by the Ministry of Health.

Kundai Moyo is a co-founder of Apex Medical Laboratories – a medical laboratory that works with a network of clinics and hospitals to provide laboratory services. Apex Medical Laboratory joined Growth Accelerator in 2019 to upscale their venture with purchase of additional equipment and deployment of their mobile specimen collection business model to service under-equipped and remote clinics in Lilongwe urban and rural. Through the programme, the venture has received technical business assistance, mentorship and access to equity financing for business growth. Visit their website HERE.

Kundai Moyo is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Public Health – Epidemiology with Walden University. She attained her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Liverpool and her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences from University of Zimbabwe. Kundai Moyo has blended her passion for health and her entrepreneurial spirit to run a thriving startup that has registered steady growth in the few years it has been operational.

We celebrate this exceptional woman in STEM. Growth Accelerator is a 12 month business accelerator programme that supports post-revenue high-impact entrepreneurs with financing of up to USD40,000; technical assistance and mentorship to grow and scale their business. Since its inception in 2018, the programme has supported 54 businesses with over 40% women-led enterprises. The programme has launched special programmes to support COVID19 impact in Malawi across sectors and in the tourism industry. Read more on the website. The programme is implemented by mHub Malawi – Malawi’s first technology and innovation hub; and GrowthAfrica – a Pan African accelerator. Growth Accelerator is supported by UNDP Malawi and The Royal Norwegian Embassy. The programme has also partnered with investors National Bank of Malawi, Ecobank Malawi Ltd, Kweza Equity Partners and Accesserator  to further support entrepreneurs.