African Changemaker

Nneile Nkholise

Nneile is a South African mechanical engineer and social entrepreneur with a vision to transform Africa through technology.

Born in Lesotho, Nneile developed an interest in science and technology as a young girl. She is widely known for founding iMed Tech, a medical innovation startup which produces prosthetics for cancer patients and burns victims.

Nneile has since founded THOLA, an API-enabled platform providing a product-based peer-to-peer lending marketplace that enables consumers to lend working capital to small businesses by pre-ordering their goods and processing payment on the marketplace.

In 2016, she was recognized as Africa’s top female innovator by the World Economic Forum. A year later, the Office of the Presidency recognized her as the South African Youth of the Year.


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