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 mobilizes key public, private, and media figures in Europe and Africa.

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

87% of high school students

associate digital professions with IT, 86% with mathematics and 84% with programming. (Digital talents)

2.6% of tenth grade girls

chose the Digital and Computer Science (NSI) specialty in first, compared to 15.2% of boys, at the beginning of the 2019 school year. (Ministry of Education)

30% of girls

are more attracted to health rather than digital, believing that they will have more impact in society. (Gender Scan)

7% of French start-ups

only are headed by women. (StartHer & KPMG)

170,000 to 212,000 digital jobs

will need to be filled in France until 2022. (France Stratégie and Dares)

41% of women

leave tech jobs after a 10-year career (Harvard Business Review)

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 and Africa.

  • 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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Startups accelerated
Inspiring Speakers
Inspired participants
Audience reached

Our President

Delphine RB

Delphine Remy-Boutang

CEO the Bureau & JFD

Advisory board



Mélissa RANCÉ

Communications Manager

Karl Lawson


Senior Communications Advisor