TED Talk Video Gallery
TED Talks has established a reputation as a space where great minds come together to share insights and ideas on globally relevant topics. Over the years, various global TED and individually organised TEDx events have attracted leading African women entrepreneurs who have shared inspiration and advice.
Achenyo Idachaba: How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business
Published on Feb 11, 2016 --- The water hyacinth may look like a harmless, even beautiful flowering plant — but it's actually an invasive aquatic weed that clogs waterways, stopping trade, interrupting schooling and disrupting everyday life. In this scourge, green entrepreneur Achenyo Idachaba, founder of Mitimeth in Nigeria, saw opportunity. Follow her journey as she turns weeds into woven wonders.
Magatte Wade: The four stages of bringing an idea to life
Published on Mar 20, 2014 --- Magatte Wade, an African serial social entrepreneur, presented "The Four Stages of Bringing an Idea to Life." She asserted how today everyone wants to work with tech companies and never for other consumer brands, to which she replied, "More room for me." After $32 million raised, she abandoned her Sengalese beverage company to create a high-end natural skin-care company. She knew that for the world to change its perception of Africa, and for Africa to change its perception of the world, that she should use the power of consumer brands: "At the end of the day, we are nothing more or less than human beings. I want to enhance the human experience."
Eleni Gabre-Madhin: Building a big, bold, beautiful market
Published on Oct 20, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Eleni describes building a big, bold, beautiful market for a billion people in Africa. This market would improve the livelihoods of millions of small farmers and traders. She has done this successfully in Ethiopia and is started to branch out across Africa. She believes this idea will help end poverty in Africa.
Margaret Hirsch: Shooting from the hip
Published on Sep 8, 2015 --- When she was 12 her father died leaving her mother to fend for herself and two small children. Margaret’s strong sense of survival and her positive attitude helped pull her little family through the tough times. Having had to battle from an early age, she found that it is possible, through share determination and a positive attitude, to get ahead and now all Hirsch’s staff members are encouraged to better themselves and are shown that by uplifting themselves they will ultimately uplift those around them.
Aïssa Dione: Le grand paradoxe
Published on Jul 18, 2013 --- En 1992, Aïssa Dione, peintre et designer textile, a créé la société Aïssa Dione Tissus (ADT). Son ambition première est de se positionner dans le développement de la filière textile au Sénégal, tout en encourageant la pérennisation et le développement d'un savoir-faire traditionnel en voie de disparition. Très tôt, l'entreprise se concentre sur les procédés de transformation du coton, créant une très longue chaîne de valeurs ajoutées - non seulement tissus, mais aussi mobilier et accessoires - sur la matière première de base. Aujourd'hui, ADT compte une centaine d'employés en grande partie spécialisés dans le tissage, mais aussi dans la menuiserie, la sculpture sur bois, la confection et la broderie.
Juliana Rotich: Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa
Published on Jun 18, 2013 --- Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, cofounder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty internet hookups. So Rotich and friends developed BRCK, offering resilient connectivity for the developing world.
Victoria Kisyombe: Compassion & seeds of empowerment in Tanzania
Published on Mar 26, 2015 --- Victoria Kisyombe has founded micro-financing for women in Tanzania, and is now working to empower women worldwide. Dr. Victoria Kisyombe is a leader who has used innovation, initiative, and determination to empower women in Tanzania to become economically self-sufficient. Given women’s lack of collateral and resulting lack of access to capital, Victoria began pioneering micro-leasing as a solution. Pioneering micro-leasing model as an alternative way to financing women has generated praise beyond Tanzania, and efforts are under way to expand the model to other countries in the region.