AFRICA • TECHNOLOGY
“One thing I have realised from the whole pandemic crisis is that the world is currently living so that governments can take extreme measures when needed, so why are they so slow in reacting to the climate change crisis?“, Bethlehem highlights in our talk.
More than ever, environmentalists like Bethlehem are convinced that the government can, and must, take more drastic measures when it comes to sustaining our only planet. Since her freshman year, she has been working on a solution that would not only solve the issue of agro-waste but also save trees. After years of working from her home and getting rejections on all fronts, Bethlehem finally managed to launch Zafree Papers, which manufactures a 100% tree-free pulp, paper and paper products using agro-waste from small farm holders. She shares with us her challenges in building such a business, especially making sure that she can stick to her principle of being eco-friendly at all points in her supply chain. Nothing will stop this women leader, who is also known by her friends and colleagues as the “Iron Lady”, to deliver on her mission to transform the paper manufacturing industry into a 100% tree-free industry.
The startup became the winner of the Land Restoration Prize by DOEN, aimed at finding and awarding the best tech(-enabled) solutions in the land restoration and land degradation space.
Speaker recommends reading Napoleon Hill: Think and Grow Rich.
LATIN AMERICA • TECHNOLOGY
Three Continents, One Data-Driven eCommerce Startup and a Baby | Ann Pichestapong
In this episode, we meet Ann, founder and CEO of DataCue, who not only launched her own company but did it with her husband as her co-founder whilst travelling across Central and South America for their honeymoon!
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA • CONSUMER SERVICES
Launching a Lingerie Platform for Women in the Middle East | Christina Ganim
Christina was born in Jerusalem, moved to North Carolina, USA as a kid because of the tense political situation in Palestine, but came back to her home country as a teenager.
GLOBAL • TECHNOLOGY
7 Women-Led Startups That Impact People’s Lives in Emerging Markets
Women make vast contributions to economies across the world, whether that’s in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs, or by doing usually unpaid domestic work.
AFRICA • ENTERPRISE
Rebecca Enonchong: To Be an Entrepreneur You Have to Be Crazy
“If a black African woman could succeed in America in 1999, then all the entrepreneurs across the world can succeed!”, Rebecca Enonchong, tech entrepreneur, founder and CEO of AppsTech and iospaces.