JFD reveal the official recipients of the 12th Margaret Awards Ceremony held at Bpifrance

under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic

(credit JFD / François Tancré)

 

On March 11th, JFD and its partners revealed the recipients of the “Championing Women” promotion of the Margaret Awards, during an exceptional ceremony held at Bpifrance and attended by leading figures of the economy and the international tech world.

Held in Paris in front of a packed audience, Delphine Remy-Boutang, founder of JFD, and host of
ceremony Charlie Perreau, head of start-up services at Les Echos, this 12th ceremony celebrated the bold spirit of women from Europe, Africa, Canada, and the territories. These new leaders make of their commitment a driving force for both the economy and society, and have demonstrated the
importance of daring to push back the boundaries of innovation to change the world.

JFD, its partners, and the members of the jury hereby present the recipients of the 12th “Championing Women” promotion of the Margaret Awards, under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic:

  • Eloa Guillotin, Co-Founder and CEO of Beyond Aero, which is decarbonizing the aviation
    industry by building the first electric business jets. (Toulouse, France) – Entrepreneur Europe Margaret Award

 

  • Nurra Barry, Founder and CEO of Carbon Saver, an eco-design solution for calculating and
    limiting the environmental impact of real estate projects. (Orléans, France) – Territorial
    Favourite Margaret Award

 

  • Laurence Laplane, Director of Social Impact Investments at Amundi, for the orientation of employee savings towards Social and Solidarity Economy projects. (Paris, France) – Intrapreneur Europe Margaret Award

 

  • Apolline Humblot, aged 17, for her Ec(h)o project, an application designed to manage one’s eco-anxiety. (Vauréal, France) – Junior Europe Margaret Award

 

  • Damilola Aminat Adeyemi, Co-Founder and CEO of D-Olivette, which offers autonomous and hybrid biotechnology systems that enable access to clean, sustainable energy. (Lagos, Nigeria) – Entrepreneur Africa Margaret Award

 

  • Aissatou Ami Touré, General Manager of Yassir Sénégal, for the design of new payment and procurement methods integrated into the platform. (Dakar, Senegal) – Intrapreneur Africa Margaret Award

 

  • Abigail Ifoma, aged 16, for her MIA project, a patient care and monitoring system for patients in medical deserts. Douala, Cameroon – Junior Africa Margaret Award

 

  • Maria Maisuradze, Founder of ED4S, a solution enabling finance professionals to gain skills in sustainable finance topics. Montreal, Canada – Entrepreneur Canada Margaret Award

 

Delphine Remy-Boutang, founder of JFD and President of the Margaret jury, salutes “The determination and collective impact of the 2024 Margaret Awards. We are proud to have revealed these European, African, and Canadian tech champions with our partner Bpifrance, the world’s 2nd most active investor, which broke records in 2023. The Margaret Awards symbolize both the entrepreneurial dynamism and the innovations of women!”

Paul-François Fournier, Executive Director, Bpifrance Innovation Division, adds “2023 was a historic year for innovation funding by Bpifrance, amounting to over 9 billion euros, from which more than 6,000 companies benefited. I am convinced that innovation is the key to a sustainable future and a long-term economy, but only if it is fueled by a diversity of perspectives and talents. We were proud to welcome our partner JFD for its grand celebration of the bold spirit of women who dare, innovate, and undertake. The next generation of Margaret Hamiltons is assured!” 

These agents of change won the majority of votes in their category, following a rigorous selection process carried out by a committee of experts and opinion leaders, featuring 

  • For Europe Clara Chappaz, La French Tech · Céline Boudière, Meetic Europe · Romain Lavault, Partech · Charlie Perreau, Les Echos · Cyril Reinhard, Sitecore · Edouard de Saint Pierre, Lombard Odier · Adrien Schwyter, Challenges · Barbara Sessa, Mastercard · Magali Theveniault Prevet, Caisse des Dépôts · Koussée Vaneecke, EuraTechnologies, Stéphanie Zolesio, Casino Immobilier ;
  • For Africa Nelly Chatué-Diop, Ejara & Margaret Entrepreneur Africa 2023 · Mohamadou Diallo, CIO Mag · Grace Loubassou, Canal+ International · Sylvain Makaya, Eurazeo · Adama Mariko, AFD · Douglas Mbiandou, 10.000 Codeurs and Camélia Ntoutoume-Leclercq, Minister of National Education of Gabon ;
  • For Canada Estelle Chen, La French Tech Toronto · Marie-Françoise Hervieu, Zone Franche · Christelle Rousseau, French Chamber of Commerce in Canada and Xavier Van Overmeire, Dentons.

 

Marie-Pierre Rixain, Member of Parliament for Essonne, asked: “The innovation rocket has been launched, but are the women of tech on board? She goes on to urge us to be “more proactive and more visionary, so that women can open up new frontiers”. The author and rapporteur for the law on economic and professional equality will shortly be receiving JFD and the winners of the Margaret Awards at the French National Assembly.

The innovations of the 2024 Margaret Award recipients are a source of inspiration for future
generations and a testament to the power of change that women can achieve. Starting now and for
one year, they will benefit from the JFD and its partners’ growth acceleration programs, worth one
million euros:

Banque des Territoires

  • Contribution Contribution to the Territorial Favourite Margaret Award recipient’s business development plan, through contacts with players in the low-income housing sector.
  • A 6-month residency for the Margaret Coup de Cœur des Territoires team at the Hub des Territoires, to accelerate all aspect of the project.

 

Euratechnologies 

  • Coaching worth 10,000 euros, with an investment manager offering a full range of support,
    ranging from strategic consulting to introductions to potential investors, which may culminate in fund-raising.
  • Access of the International Program worth €10,000, designed for non-French start-ups wishing to establish themselves on the French market.
  • Incubation program, worth 7,000 euros, dedicated to project leaders and entrepreneurs in
    order to bring their projects to life and accelerate their startup’s growth.
  • Internship for Junior Margaret Award recipients, in order to discover the different professions within the EuraTechnologies teams and the startups that are part of its ecosystem (design, finance, marketing, IT, etc.).

 

Casino group

  • Visibility, communication and meetings with Group executives.
  • Privileged access to the various innovation laboratories of the Group’s brands.

 

La Poste group

  • Mentoring by La Poste group’s business managers and startup support and financing ecosystem.
  • Speech at Viva Technology to mark the announcement of the results of the 6th edition of the #FemmesduNumérique competition, designed to promote the innovative capacity of women in tech.
  • 5000 grant for the “Championing Women” promotion

 

Lombard Odier

  • Wealth engineering expertise sessions and mentoring opportunities with female private bankers and the executive management of its Paris office.

 

Mastercard

  • Access to Mastercard Europe programmes: “Start Path” and “Strive Europe”.
  • Mentoring on a wide range of topics: tech and deeptech (blockchain, AI, etc.), digital communication, partnership strategies, business model structuring, cybersecurity, etc.
  • Visibility on communication platforms and at events organised by Mastercard’s internal “Women Leadership network” dedicated to small businesses.

 

French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Canada

  • Access to Transatlantique, a bilateral business accelerator between France and Canada, worth €10,000.

 

Dentons

  • Legal support, worth 2,500 euros, for the Entrepreneur Canada Margaret Award recipient by
    Xavier Van Overmeire, the international law firm.
  • Analysis and assessment of the legal needs and strategies of the Margaret Award recipients at
    Dentons Paris, worth 1,000 euros for each recipient.

 

Allianz 

  • Direct access to the selection committee for the next promotion of the Allianz Accelerator 6-month intensive acceleration programme. Only 10 startups out of 200 have access to this committee.

 

And also:

  • Coaching sessions 
    • IBM with Béatrice Kosowski, President of IBM France, Sheila O’Hara, Sustainability Technology Leader for IBM France & EMEA, Guilhaume Leroy-Meline, IBM Chief Engineer and Alexandra Ruez, Vice-President of IBM Consulting;
    • Meetic Europe with a member of the Management Committee;
    • Eurazeo with Sylvain Makaya, Partner of the investment fund, on fund-raising issues.

 

  • Speaking engagements at prestigious international events (Viva Tech, etc.) alongside La Poste group and IBM.

 

  • Media visibility supported by JFD media partners such as Les Echos, Challenges, Franceinfo, France Télévisions, Science & Vie, CBNews, Maddyness, ViveS Média, Be a Boss, Phosphore, Canal+ and many others.

 

  • Training programmes such as Anticipations to help them understand the changes in our society and inform their decision-making.

 

  • Unique access to the JFD international business network: a JFD Club membership worth €3,500.

 

  • Who’s Who will include the winners in the vote of the annual new entrants selection committee.

 

 

The winners of the Margaret Awards were also honoured with creations by Constance Guisset and by Aurélie and Andréa Introzzi:   

  • The Lunar brooch by artist Constance Guisset, symbolising the legacy of innovation and determination of hidden figures in the tech world such as Margaret Hamilton.
  • Shoes from luxury brand Cabeceo, which embody the spirit of a woman ready to move forward, take risks, innovate and build her own path with confidence. Cabeceo celebrates the elegance of women on the move. 

 

They made their mark on the 12th Margaret ceremony: Marina Ferrari, French Minister for Digital Affairs, Marie-Pierre Rixain, Member of Parliament, Paul-François Fournier – Bpifrance, Barbara Sessa – Mastercard, Karen Vernet – Printemps, Laurence Clot – Dentons, Bettina Ducat – Lombard Odier, Sylvain Makaya – Eurazeo, Magali Theveniault-Prevet – Caisse des Dépôts,  Hakim Lahlou – Banque des Territoires, Alexandra Ruez – IBM, , Stephanie Zolesio – Casino group, Grace Loubassou – Canal+ International, Cyril Reinhard – Sitecore, Koussée Vaneecke – EuraTechnologies, Céline Boudière – Meetic Europe, Sylvain Theveniaud – Allianz Accéelerator. 

 

Mediakit: https://bit.ly/MediakitJFD2024  

 

About JFD 

JFD, founded in 2012 by entrepreneur and investor Delphine Remy-Boutang, is an international accelerator dedicated to the growth of businesses run by women who dare to take on bold technological challenges and bet on disruptive innovations to change the world. Its commitment extends across Europe, Africa and Canada, bringing together public, private and media organisations around three key priorities: education, role models and funding. Its mission is to help build a society in which women play a central role, while fostering the emergence of new leaders. For the past 12 years, JFD has also acted as a think tank, offering concrete solutions based on its annual studies. Its initiatives include the Margaret Awards, the Margaret Foundation, the JFD Club, the White Shirt Movement and the JFD Manifesto for an Inclusive Digital World, as well as books such as “Women who change the world” (2021) and “Athletes of innovation” (Ed. Flammarion 2024). 

JFD has created an international network of more than 50,000 people, trained more than 10,000 talents, reached 20 million people worldwide and supported the growth of more than 1,000 start-ups in Europe, Africa and Canada. https://www.joinjfd.com    

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