Kutlwano Hutamo is the Co-founder and managing director of Washesha online grocery store, co-founder of Peu Technologies which focuses on Agritech and sustainable urban farming and non-executive director and legal advisor for Girls fly programme in Africa (GFPA) foundation, an NPO dedicated to introducing girls to STEM with a focus on aviation and space. Over and above this, she has about 10 years of experience in the intellectual property (IP) sector.
Kutlwano has a background in the biological sciences having attained a master’s in veterinary tropical Diseases from the University of Pretoria. She worked on a research project involving the use of multiple-locus variable number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA) for typing Mycobacterium bovis strains from formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue of rhino, buffalo, lions, kudu and baboons. She has also obtained an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. Her MBA research project involved developing a strategic framework to increase the chances of survival of small and medium enterprises
Kutlwano was featured as one of the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans in 2018, recipient of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme grant. She and 3000 other entrepreneurs were selected out of a total of a staggering 216 000 applicants and in 2019 she received a special award for contribution in business and entrepreneurship from the Gauteng premier in celebration of youth month.