JFD unveils the 2022 finalists for les Margaret Awards

Under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic



and invites the public to vote for their favourite finalist from 1 to 8 February on joinjfd.com 


For the first time, JFD is involving the general public in the election of les Margaret from 1 to 8 February. The public’s votes will count for one in the jury’s deliberations, which will be held on February 10 at la Sorbonne in Paris. The laureates will be revealed on March 8 during an exceptional ceremony on the occasion of JFD’s 10th anniversary, at the Pullman Paris Montparnasse. Christel Bories, Chairman and CEO of Eramet is the patron  of this 10th edition. Les Margaret Awards by JFD is held under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic.

​​For its 10th edition, JFD presents the 2022 finalists of les Margaret Awards. Among them are the next winners who will be revealed on March 8. They will win the JFD’s growth accelerator programme, which includes media exposure worth €1 million, mentoring and coaching in collaboration with JFD partners, digital equipment, speaking opportunities in Europe and Africa, membership to the JFD network, scholarships for les Margaret Juniors, etc.

“For this 10th edition of les Margaret Awards by JFD, we received over 300 applications. This is a unique opportunity to bring out our future European and African tech champions. All their projects address major societal issues. We need to direct more investment towards female entrepreneurship, which also provides solutions to digital transformation by putting it at the service of our societies and the environment.” Delphine REMY-BOUTANG, CEO THE BUREAU – JFD

“I am very pleased to be the patron  of this exceptional edition of JFD, which marks 10 years of mobilisation to promote innovation by women. As CEO of a socially responsible and contributing company like Eramet, supporting JFD and female tech champions in Europe and Africa is essential for a digital future where women have a leading role.” Christel BORIES, CEO ERAMET 


Finalists in the Entrepreneur category 


Founder & CEO Wooskill, web platform that allows anyone to offer and monetise their skills or talents. (France)

Founder & CEO Tehtris, publisher of a cyber defence solution that helps fight against cyber espionage and cyber sabotage. (France)

Co-founder & CEO IRIS.ai, AI tools and applications to enable humans to make sense of and apply all the world’s scientific knowledge. (Norway)

  • Arbia SMITI: Increase buying power of employees by simplifying the advance payment

Founder & CEO Rosaly, Fintech for Good that enables automatic management of down payment requests. (France)

  • Valérie TIERSEN: Helping companies to combine environmental and economic performance

Founder & CEO Green Score Capital, which offers a 360° environmental impact measurement software solution: Footprint Target. (France)



  • ​​Farah EMARA: Rationalising the fresh produce value chain and empowering farmers

Co-founder & CEO FreshSource, Egypt’s first business-to-business agricultural platform, which streamlines  the fresh produce value chain and empowers farmers. (Egypt)

Founder & Executive Director Chil AI Lab, which provides artificial intelligence technology to improve access to cancer diagnosis in reproductive health. (Uganda)

Co-founder & CEO CA Pay, a mass payment solution for salaries, pensions, grants, bonuses, mission expenses, via mobile money. (Gabon)


Finalists Category Intrapreneur 


  • Sue BLACK: Advocating for greater recognition and support for women in computing

Professor of Computer Science at Durham University, Sue has spent the last 20 years campaigning for greater recognition and support for women in computing through TechUpWomen for instance. The programme offers training in digital technology for women from disadvantaged backgrounds. (United Kingdom)

  • Caroline JAMIN: Innovation serving the energy transition to prepare the future 

In charge of the Business Acceleration & Open Innovation department within the Innovation division of the Marketing & Services branch of TotalEnergies, she supported the transformation of the Marketing & Services branch through the development of 16 projects on mobility, customer centricity, digital or CSR topics. (France)

  • Elodie PERTHUISOT: Digital technology at the heart of the food transition and environmental protection

Executive Director of E-Commerce, Data and Digital Transformation for the Carrefour Group, she leads the accelerated development of e-commerce and pilots the activity of the drive and delivery services, and manages the digital teams of Carrefour group. (France)



Executive Director Partners West Africa, Adjaratou has developed a clean, safe, sustainable and connected mobility project with motorbike taxis. (Senegal)

  • Patricia NDIKUMANA: Enabling access to essential goods and services in Africa through e-commerce

Head of Partnerships Sokowatch, a platform that aims to facilitate access to essential goods for informal retailers. (Kenya)

  • Cléo NGOKOUDI: Facilitating international financial transactions for African merchants

Finance Manager Anka, a platform that provides local merchants with integrated digital management solutions.  (Ivory Coast)


​​Finalists Junior Category


  • Imogen MAGUIRE: The Airbnb of charging stations for electric vehicle drivers

Imogen, 18, is developing PowerNow, an app to solve the shortage of charging stations for electric vehicles. This Airbnb for EVs geolocates private charging points available nearby. (United Kingdom)

  • Oana PATRU: The Shazam of film and TV actors and actresses

Oana, 18, is developing FaceFind, a facial recognition app capable of instantly recognising actors from around the world. (France/Romania)

  • Allyah SEMIAI: A bubble of love and restore confidence to victims of school bullying

Allyah, 14 years old, is developing a PWA, a progressive web application to fight against school bullying: reports, help and support for victims, testimonies from former victims, etc. (France)



  • Maylis KOUAKOUA: Raising teenagers awareness of the dangers of internet through gaming

Aged 13, is developing a smart  game to make young teenagers aware of the dangers of the Internet. (Gabon)

15, created MTutor, an e-learning platform designed to provide an adaptable, scalable, safe and secure learning tool. (South Africa)


The exceptional jury of les Margaret Awards by JFD, under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic, chaired by Delphine Remy-Boutang, CEO the Bureau & JFD, is composed of : Rachida Belarri, President Women Network Salesforce France, Vanessa CHOCTEAU, Director of Transformation and Start-up Programmes, Docaposte – La Poste Group, Estelle COGNACQ, Editorial Director franceinfo, Virginie DE CHASSEY, Director of Sustainable Development and Engagement Eramet, Victoire DE MARGERIE, VP Corporate Marketing, Branding and Communications Dassault Systèmes, Ludovic DONATI, Director of Digital Transformation Eramet, Nathalie FOLLOROUX, Channels Director Canal+ International, Apolline GUICHET, Chief of the Generation pages for Phosphore, Christophe KERRERO, Rector of the Paris Academy, Nathalie LE GARLANTEZEC, Director of Institutional Communication and Brand FDJ Group, Diariata N’DIAYE, Founder App-Elles & Margaret 2019, Camélia NTOUTOUME-LECLERCQ, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, du Transfert de Technologies in Gabon & Ambassador JFD GABON, Benjamin PERRET, Director of Communication Group EDF, Nadine PICHELOT, VP Finance EMEA Anaplan, Cyril REINHARD, VP Sitecore France and Laurent VILLALARD, HR Director Transformation and Communications Crédit Agricole group. 


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