JFD brings together economic actors, media, public and private organizations to support and empower women and girls who innovate for a better world.

The JFD entrepreneurship expedition in the footsteps of Margaret Hamilton1 , one million euros of media visibility, support from the world’s largest R&D laboratories.

JFD is calling on all women and girls in Europe and Africa who dare and innovate for a better world. They will be able to apply and share their experiences and innovations until February 8th, 2021 on www.joinjfd.com. Through these awards, JFD will reward on March 8th, 2021, the creativity, audacity and innovation of four women and two girls from Europe and Africa. They will benefit from media visibility worth one million euros, access to support programs, opportunities to speak at international events, and access to the networks of JFD partners and the JFD Club. Winners will also receive digital equipment and financial support. (refer to the annexe for details)

“Together with our partners, we support the growth and international influence of startups and companies initiatives led by European and African women. And for the first time, we will offer an outstanding platform to young girls who will become the architects of our future.”, says Delphine Remy-Boutang, CEO the Bureau & JFD, President of GEN France.

Les Margaret Award is composed of four categories: Entrepreneur Europe, Entrepreneur Africa, Intrapreneur Europe and Intrapreneur Africa. All women founders or co-founders of innovative companies, for the “Entrepreneur” category, and employees of companies that have developed digital projects in agreement with their employers, while remaining employed, for the “Intrapreneur” category, can submit their application.

This year, a new category, les Margaret Junior, reveals accessible role models and demystifies technology fields and careers in the digital world. Under the patronage of the French Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, JFD will reward for the first time two girls, on March 8th: Margaret Junior Europe and Margaret Junior Africa. To participate, the girls must be between 7 and 18 years old and reside in a European or African country. Two types of profiles/projects will be considered:

– The aspiring entrepreneur: an idea that responds to a societal issue (health, environment, education…) through the application of a technology.

– The creative: a software program, an application, a game or the use of a technology (artificial intelligence, 3D, big data, IoT…) in the development of a prototype.

Chaired by Delphine Remy-Boutang, the jury of experts will meet on February 12 to select the 6 winners, who will be revealed to the public on March 8th. Among the jury members, Maria-Claudia ALVAREZ, Innovation Director, Total Marketing & Services, Laure BELLUZZO, General Manager, Crédit Agricole Technologies & Services, Muriel BRUNET, Digital project lead : Women in Digital and sustainability, French Ministry of Education and Youth, Vanessa CHOCTEAU, Transformation & French IOT programs Director, La Poste Group, Victoire DE MARGERIE, VP Corporate Equity & Communications, Dassault Systèmes, Sandra DE PAULINY, SVP Global HR Secure Enterprise Transactions Division, IDEMIA, Meriem ECHCHERFI, Strategy Director for Finance Division, Crédit Agricole Group, Gilles FONTAINE, Editor-in-chief, Challenges, Boutheina GUERMAZI, Director Digital Development, World Bank Group, Christophe KERRERO, Rector of the Academic Region of Ile-de-France, Frédérique LEININGER, Editorial Director, ELLE Ivory Coast, Grace LOUBASSOU, Head of Institutional Relations for Africa, Canal+International, Cathy MAUZAIZE, Enterprise Commercial General Manager, Microsoft France, Vanessa MOUNGAR, Margaret Intrapreneur Africa 2020, member of the Presidential Council for Africa, Director of Gender, Women and Civil Society, The African Development Bank, Frédéric ROY, Editor-in-chief, CB News, Barbara SESSA, SVP Head of Digital Consumer Product Europe, Mastercard, Sharon SOFER, President, Startup for Kids, Sira SYLLA, French Member of Parliament for Seine-Maritime, Julien VILLERET, Chief Innovation Officer, EDF group and Sabine VU, Head of External Relations, 10000 Codeurs.

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