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Entrepreneurial venture of Biodiesel: Exploring the impact of Innocentia Mamaila’s sustainable innovation

Entrepreneurial venture of Biodiesel - Innocentia Mamaila

Written by Editor

April 9, 2024

By Raine St.Claire

Innocentia Mamaila’s journey with Ino Biodiesel is an inspiring tale of entrepreneurial triumph. It embodies the transformative power of entrepreneurship and underscores the importance of sustainability in shaping the future of business. Through visionary leadership, innovative solutions, and a steadfast commitment to social and environmental responsibility, the company has emerged as a trailblazer in the renewable energy sector, inspiring others to follow suit.

Established around 2020, Ino Biodiesel has quickly become a leader in producing biodiesel from recycled cooking oil, offering a renewable solution to traditional petroleum and addressing the issue of waste cooking oil disposal.

Ino Biodiesel’s success goes beyond business achievements. As a woman-led company in the regulated petroleum and renewable energy sectors, it symbolises empowerment and inclusivity. Mamaila’s leadership exemplifies the transformative potential of gender diversity in typically male-dominated fields.

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The company serves a wide range of industries, including mining, farming, and aviation, highlighting the reliability and versatility of biodiesel as a sustainable fuel source. Its commitment to environmental responsibility resonates with eco-conscious consumers and businesses, fostering positive brand reputation and potential partnerships.

A key factor in Ino Biodiesel’s success is its community-focused approach. By partnering with rural areas to collect waste cooking oil, the company not only reduces environmental pollution but also empowers local communities, showcasing its dedication to social responsibility and sustainability.

Innocentia’s expertise and dedication have played a pivotal role in steering Ino Biodiesel toward success. With her background in accounting and specialised knowledge in alternative fuels, she brings a unique blend of business savvy and technical skill to the company, positioning it for continued growth and impact in the future.


Awards and Recognition:

  • First runner-up in the Standard Bank Top Women EmpowHER, Cape Town.
  • Recognised as a Top 10 innovation in 2023 by GreenCape, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF).
  • Finalist in the 2023 Santam Women of the Future Awards, in association with Fairlady and Truelove magazines.
  • Finalist of the Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award in 2023.
  • Received the 10th Gender Mainstream award at the 2022 Mail and Guardian awards, in partnership with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
  • Received the Business Awards Emerging Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2022.


Additional Funding:

  • Grant funding worth R85 000 from the Tony Elumelu Foundation in 2021.
  • Awarded the brand award from the Nomzamo Mbatha Lighthouse and Hollywood Foundation, receiving R100 000 in 2022.
  • R45 000 from the panel members of Esther’s Preparation Room (EPR) Global in 2022.
  • Funding worth R25 000 from the Women’s Empowerment Network of South Africa in 2022.


Apply for Standard Bank Top Women EmpowHER, Cape Town 2024 here

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