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About us

Growth accelerator

Founded in 2013 by Delphine Remy-Boutang, JFD is the international growth accelerator for women who take bold technological bets and create disruptive innovations to change the world. JFD mobilises key public, private, and media figures in Europe, Africa and Canada.

Within 10 years, JFD has become more than just an event: les Margaret & les Margaret Junior Awards, the Margaret Foundation, the JFD Club, the Affirmative Act meetings, the White Shirt movement, the JFD Manifesto, and a book entitled “Elles changent le monde” (They change the world).

Our missions

34% of graduates

in STEM are women, in the EU. (Source: Girls Go Circular – 2022)

47 % of African universities’

STEM graduates are women. (Source: Times Higher Education and the United Nations Scientific, Cultural and Educational Organization – 2022)

15% of tech startup founders

are female worldwide. (Source: Startup Genome – 2023)

48% more likely

to outperform their competitors for gender-diverse companies. (Source: McKinsey – 2022)

2% of venture capital financing

is allocated to female-founded companies.

5% pay gap

between women and men for a similar position within the same company, in European start-ups. (Source: Figures – 2022).

Our actions

Since 2013, we have been promoting relationships between large groups and startups to create more opportunities for development and job creation in the digital world. We bring together the world’s major economic players around common goals for a better world thanks to new technologies. The JFD also serves as a media springboard for women entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and young girls who innovate for a better world. We enable them to accelerate their growth in Europe, Africa and Canada.

  • 2013
    1st edition of JFD Europe in Paris on March 8, 2013 on the occasion of International Women's Rights Day.
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  • 2014
    Nathalie Andrieux, GM Geolid, 1st laureate of the 1st edition of the Margaret Prize, which each year rewards a woman entrepreneur and intrapreneur in Africa and Europe.
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  • 2016
    Launch of the JFD Club, an exclusive network of 400 digital women, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, architects of the world of tomorrow, intends to represent the plurality of the digital world, from start-ups to large groups. Resolutely turned towards the future, it suggests thinking and taking action to help build a better, more creative and equal world, by promoting the initiatives of digital women.
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  • 2017
    Inauguration of the JFD Club in Paris with of Marlène Schiappa, Former Secretary of State in charge of Equality between women and men and the fight against discrimination. Club members meet every month in this 300m2 space in the heart of Paris to share and network during events and networking evenings.
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  • 2017
    Birth of the national movement “Les Chemises Blanches”. The white shirt has become the symbol of female empowerment in France.
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  • 2018
    Creation of the Margaret Foundation to support the projects of committed women, in particular by offering scholarships and training for young women wishing to orient themselves in the fields of innovation and make them aware of entrepreneurship.
  • 2019
    Launch of the JFD Manifesto, signed by fifteen large groups, determined to go with the JFD beyond awareness to take action by making concrete commitments in favor of diversity and parity in digital.
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  • 2019
    1st edition of the JFD Africa, in Dakar (Senegal) on June 13 and 14, 2019: conferences and learning expedition at the heart of Dakar's tech ecosystem.
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  • 2019
    Opening of the 1st JFD Club in Africa, in Libreville (Gabon).
  • 2020
    “NO, parity doesn't wait!"
    On the occasion of International Women's Day in 2020, we launched our major 2120 campaign: Parity doesn't wait! The aim was to raise public awareness of the persistent inequalities between women and men and to rally around a common goal: Achieve parity well before the 100 years announced, by the Global Gender Gap report of the Economic Forum. “2120” was displayed everywhere in Paris: on all the city's illuminated signs, but also in high traffic areas such as Bercy, Gare de Lyon, Gare Saint-Lazare, etc.
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  • 2021
    Launch of the Margaret Junior Award. Continuity of the Margaret Prize, the Margaret Junior rewards young European and African girls, aged 7 to 18, who innovate and who already have an entrepreneurial spirit.
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  • 2022
    JFD, the growth accelerator, celebrated its 10th anniversary and for this occasion brought together the European and African tech ecosystem in Paris on 8 March, International Women’s Rights Day. An exceptional anniversary edition with patron Christel Bories, CEO of Eramet, where the 10th Margaret ceremony took place, under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic. It was under the sign of hope that JFD awarded the Margaret 2022.
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  • 2023
    n the presence of Jean-Noël Barrot, Minister Delegate in charge of Digital Transition and Telecommunications, JFD in partnership with EY and FD unveiled its 11th study on March 8th at the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty. “Invest In Her” is the first study dedicated to the representation of women founders and leaders within the future generation of impact startups in France.
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  • 2023
    For the International Digital Women’s Day, JFD held its annual Margaret Awards ceremony in the presence of: Jean-Noël Barrot, Minister Delegate for Digital Transition and Telecommunications, Isabelle Rome, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister, in charge of Equality between Women and Men, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, Virginie Morgon, JFD 2023 patron, and all the JFD partners: Eramet, La Poste Groupe, Caisse des Dépôts, Carrefour, Mastercard, Google, AXA, Printemps, Meetic, La French Tech…. In total, more than 500 decision-makers from the investment, entrepreneurial and educational world gathered to celebrate the future champions of Tech: 4 women and 2 young girls under 18 years old, from Europe and Africa, rewarded by a jury of professionals, for the excellence of their innovations, with both technological and societal impact.
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  • 2023
    Pour créer une dynamique internationale et bâtir des ponts entre les continents, la JFD étend l'impact de ses actions en Europe, en Afrique, et depuis 2023 au Canada. Fort du soutien de partenaires locaux et d'organisations telles qu’Abeona network, Bleu Blanc Tech, CCI française au Canada ou encore le Consulat de France à Montréal, nous menons au Québec des actions concrètes pour influencer les politiques futures et favoriser une économie innovante, durable et équitable, où les femmes osent, innovent et créent de la valeur pour nos sociétés.
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Our President

Delphine RB

Delphine Remy-Boutang

Founder & CEO JFD
Business Angel

Advisory board

THE BUREAU TEAM

Melissa

Mélissa RANCÉ

Communications Manager

Karl Lawson

Karl LAWSON

Senior Communications Advisor