CAPE TOWN – The top 15 Winetech Pitching Den finalists delivered their pitches at the 2019 SA Innovation Summit on Thursday 12 September.
Attracting entrepreneurs from Africa, the US and Europe, the competition presented an exciting level of agritech innovation holding potential for application to the South African wine industry.
Finalists were assessed by a team of eight judges comprising industry experts and investors to arrive at the top three innovations for 2019 with the prizes sponsored by Winetech and Distell.
In third place, Nemabio (South Africa) received by Sheila Storey - winning R50 000 for business development in South Africa. Nemabio sells indigenous species of Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs).
These are pathogens of insects that occur naturally in the soil. In combination with their symbiotic bacteria, they can be used in an integrated control programme against many insect pests.