Les Margaret Awards

Under the High Patronage of the President of the French Republic.

Les Margaret Awards reward every year European, African and Canadian women entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, whose projects and innovation meet the major challenges of our society.
The award is named after Margaret Hamilton, director of the software engineering division that developed the embedded software for NASA’s Apollo space program. It is thanks to Margaret Hamilton’s contribution that man first walked on the Moon.

Through les Margaret Awards, JFD supports the growth and international influence of startups and initiatives led by European, African and Canadian women.

les Margaret Awards 2024

12th Promotion – Championing Women

2024 Winners · The Margaret Awards

Eloa Guillotin, co-founder & CEO Beyond Aero

Developing the first hydrogen-powered electric aircraft

Eloa Guillotin, an engineer trained at ISAE-Supaero and a graduate of École Polytechnique and HEC Paris, has combined her passion for aviation and space to set up Beyond Aero in Toulouse in 2020: Beyond Aero.

The aim: to create the 1st hydrogen-powered electric business jet to meet the challenge of decarbonising aviation.

🇫🇷 France, Toulouse

Damilola Aminat Adeyemi, co-founder & CFO D-Olivette

Helping farmers optimise biogenics for clean energy

Passionate about agriculture and sustainable development, she has won over 10 national and international awards and distinctions in the fields of sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and women’s empowerment. She is also a member of NAAEE (North American Association for Environmental Education), GEEP (Global Environmental Education Partnership), UN Women, WIA54 and a SHEQUITY and FAO Laureate.

D-Olivette manufactures and installs a hybrid biosystem for households, farms and off-grid communities to generate up to 10,000 m³ of biogas and at least 50 kg of biolysate from organic waste every day. D-Olivette’s innovation uses Assistive-AI and Blockchain with over 10,000 datasets and indigenous African languages for optimisation.

🇳🇬 Nigeria, Lagos

Maria Maisuradze, founder ED4S

Facilitating sustainable finance education

Maria Maisuradze is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charterholder and SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) FSA charterholder, and a member of CFA Montreal’s ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) committee and the SASB working group in Quebec.

She has worked in the investment and corporate finance sector for over ten years. She began her entrepreneurial career in 2018, with a focus on sustainable finance.

After speaking with hundreds of sustainable finance professionals and conducting extensive research, it became clear that the lack of training is one of the biggest challenges to accelerating sustainable finance. She concluded that there was a need for a systematic and scalable method to improve the skills of finance professionals.

She therefore created ED4S (Education for Sustainable Finance) to facilitate the dissemination of sustainable finance education using technology. ED4S uses artificial intelligence, visual design and sustainability expertise to lower the barriers of entry for finance professionals, making it easier to understand sustainability.

🇨🇦 Canada, Montreal

Nurra Barry, founder Carbon Saver

Determine and limit the environmental impact of construction projects

After more than 10 years’ experience in digital business (Auchan, BNP, AXA), Nurra moved to New York and switched to interior design. Back in France, she created her 1st interior design start-up: Mon Intérieur Sur Mesure. 2000 projects later, she was exasperated by the environmental impact of her industry, due to a lack of knowledge and tools. That’s how her 2nd start-up was born: Carbon Saver. A project that helps architects limit their impact, from the choice of materials and waste management to the addition of equipment requiring complex and costly calculations. The solution has been approved by the French Ministry for Ecological Transition, and Nurra is preparing to cross the Atlantic in 2024.

🇫🇷 France, Orléans

Laurence Laplane, director Impact Investing Amundi

Financing the social and solidarity economy

After a 15-year career in the financial markets, holding various roles such as trader and General Secretary of CACIB’s investment bank division, Laurence Laplane moved on to cross-functional roles at Amundi, becoming Head of Organisation and more recently Head of Social and Environmental Impact Investment.

Just over 5 years ago, Laurence was asked by Amundi’s CEO to launch an investment business line dedicated to financing the social economy (SSE).

Her idea: within the framework of the solidarity-based employee savings scheme and ESUS approval, to make it easier for savers to access Social and Solidarity Economy projects and thus contribute to their development.

Result: “Amundi Finance et Solidarité” has become the leader in social economy investment in France, with €500m of assets under management and the trust of nearly 1 million solidarity savers who have entrusted €5 billion of employee savings.

🇫🇷 France, Paris

Aissatou Ami Touré, general manager Yassir

Increasing household purchasing power

Aissatou Ami Touré is a leading figure in the financial sector in Dakar. She has over 10 years’ experience in fintech. She joined Tigo (Free Money) in Senegal in 2013 as a trainee assisting the head of product, then climbed the ranks to become Operations Manager. Aissatou then joined Ecobank and became Head of mobile banking and remittance, responsible for the development strategy for the mobile banking service and for managing money transfer and e-money offers.

In addition to her role as Managing Director of Yassir, she is using her expertise in the digital finance sector to develop new payment and remittance solutions for the platform. She is currently working on setting up an open-loop wallet, as part of a proof-of-concept initiative to offer a wallet to company employees, with a view to integrating retail partners such as Carrefour, and developing a private card in partnership with a local start-up.

🇸🇳 Senegal, Dakar

Apolline Humblot, 17 – Ec(h)o

Treating and managing eco-anxiety

Apolline is a general student majoring in Contemporary English and Economics, with a passion for art, technology and languages. She wants to work in the video game industry and promote an inclusive representation of male and female gamers.

With her Ec(h)o project, Apolline aims to reduce eco-anxiety, particularly among young people, in the face of the climate crisis.

Women are also the most affected by this eco-anxiety. Fighting against eco-anxiety also means fighting for the well-being of all women, young and old alike.

To this end, she is proposing a project for a mobile and web application to help people suffering from eco-anxiety, by providing resources for managing their anxiety and taking action in the face of the crisis.

The app would include features such as relax, learn, share and engage, aiming to offer comprehensive support to users.

Her project will require programming work as well as layout/graphics.

🇫🇷 France, Vauréal

Abigail Ifoma, 16 – MIA (My Intelligent Assistant)

Facilitating patient care and monitoring

Abigail Ifoma is passionate about STEM and has taken part in numerous activities such as the AI family challenge, tech girls and the first world challenge 2023.

Her project is a solution to the problem of late treatment of patients, particularly in medical deserts.

To achieve this, she has created the MIA My intelligent assistant project, which will help to collect and monitor vital signs such as body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate.

The functionalities will be driven by a control hub connected to a tablet, which relies on the IoT to manage vital indicators.

🇨🇲 Cameroon, Douala

Who can apply

You are a female founder or co-founder of a tech startup for the “Entrepreneur” category. 

You have developed an innovative project in agreement with your employer while remaining an employee for the “Intrapreneur” category. 

You are a young woman under 18 with a project that highlights your creative, innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, for the “Junior” category.

You are a citizen of a European, African country, or from Canada, your project is innovative and respond to societal issues.

Key dates

The call for applications closed on 8 January 2024. The finalists for the 2024 Margaret Award were pre-selected by JFD and presented to a panel of experts on 8 February 2024.

The winners of the “Championing Women” promotion of the Margaret Awards were announced on 11 March at Bpifrance.

For the first time, JFD, in partnership with the Banque des Territoires, has awarded the Margaret "Coup de cœur des territoires" to Nurra Barry, founder of Carbon Saver.

Banque des Territoires committed to supporting and accompanying Nurra Barry for one year, as part of the JFD growth acceleration programme:

  • Contribution to the business development plan of the Margaret Coup de Cœur des Territoires, via contacts with players in the HLM sector.
  • 6-month residency of the Margaret Coup de Cœur des Territoires team in the Hub des Territoires offices, helping to accelerate all aspects of the project.
Magali Théveniault-Prevet (Caisse des Dépôts), Nurra Barry (Carbon Saver) et Hakim Lahlou (Banque des Territoires)

Our collaboration with JFD allows us to strengthen our commitment to a more inclusive digital ecosystem, and more specifically, to the emergence of local female talent who contribute to ecological transformation and to social and territorial cohesion in our regions.

We are delighted to put our expertise at the service of JFD in identifying the specific needs of regions and in ensuring the success of the future Territorial Favourite Margaret Award winner.

Magali Theveniault-Prevet

Director of Digital Platforms at Caisse des Dépôts

Margaret Intrapreneur Europe 2016 and member of the Margaret jury

Growth Acceleration Programme

For one year, the 2024 Margaret winners will benefit from the JFD’s growth acceleration programme, valued at €1 million and which includes: strategic support, help with fundraising, coaching, mentoring, international training, business contacts, media visibility, public speaking engagements, network development, major international events, scholarships for young prize winners, and more.

JFD’s partners continue to support the Margaret Award winners, as they have done over the past 12 years, by accelerating their development through targeted training, visibility and financing. The group of partners includes La Poste Group, EuraTechnologies, French Tech, French Tech Toronto and Montreal, the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Canada, Lombard Odier, Meetic Europe, Universal Music France, and even more.

Education

Epitech Executive, Epitech’s professional and continuing education centre, is offering the Margaret Intrapreneur Europe an Executive MBA course worth €23,000. A special scholarship is also being launched for women entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to cover up to 20% of the programme. Epitech’s EMBA is the number one degree for digital managers and tech entrepreneurs who want to accelerate their career and become true tech leaders, qualified actors of their company’s strategy.

“Epitech Executive is committed to increasing the gender mix of leaders in the Tech and Digital fields. We are convinced that our partnership with JFD will effectively contribute to the access of women to executive positions.” Guillaume Bardèche, Director Epitech Executive

The French Chamber of Commerce in Canada is offering the Margaret 2023 support within its accelerator “Le Transatlantique” worth 10,000 euros. Concrete action in favour of France/Canada collaboration for parity in tech, promoted by the Abeona network, an initiative supported by La French Tech Grand Paris and La French Tech Toronto.

Mastercard welcomes the Margaret Juniors 2023 to its Girls4Tech programme, which has already trained more than 3 million girls aged 8 to 16 in 60 countries. They will be able to test their knowledge and strengths that lead to STEM careers as cryptologists, data scientists or design engineers.

CIO Mag, Affectio Mutandi and Gabon 24 are offering targeted trainings worth €20,000 to the Margaret Africa.

Funding

Femmes Business Angels, the first network of women investors, and WinEquity, the first fund dedicated to entrepreneurial diversity, will include the Margaret Entrepreneur Europe in the selection process of their projects to be financed for 2023.

“More women investors in the real economy, more women entrepreneurs better financed, more investment for a more sustainable world. This is the commitment of Femmes Business Angels for nearly 20 years, and this is why we support les Margaret.” Florence Richardson, President Femmes Business Angels

Leia Capital, a 100% women’s business angel fund, has included the Margaret Entrepreneur Europe in its selection process of projects to be financed by the end of 2023.

“Leia Capital’s 30 women investors are delighted to be able to include the Margaret Entrepreneur Europe in the pitch process to complete the virtuous circle of women’s investment.”

La Poste group is offering a scholarship worth €5,000 via the “Invest in Her” programme and is inviting the Margaret Intrapreneure Europe to its Femmes du Numérique event at VivaTech 2023.

Jury 2024 · les Margaret Awards

Jury President

Delphine Remy-Boutang began her career at EURO RSCG Paris. She moved to London in 1997 to join the IBM group as Marketing Director, then EMEA Communications Director, and became Social Media Worldwide Director from 2006 to 2012.

In 2012, in London and then Paris, she founded her own communications group: the Bureau.

At the same time, Delphine launched JFD (Journée de la Femme Digitale), a growth accelerator for women in tech in Europe, Africa and Canada.

As an expert on transformation, female entrepreneurship and the place of women in tech, Delphine was promoted to the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur in 2016. She is part of Forbes USA magazine’s 2018 ranking of women who are disrupting the digital sector in France.

She is also a Business Angel and in 2023 launched arver, her independent venture capital investment company, dedicated to tech startups led by inspiring women of the future.

Pure product of consumer marketing (she gained her experience at Yoplait before moving on to Barilla and Bel), having plunged into the world of pure-players 10 years ago, Céline Boudiere combines extensive experience of marketing and digital with a resolutely innovative mindset and a strong international outlook.

The common thread running through her career ? “Working for great brands that have meaning and a role in people’s lives”. That’s why she joined Meetic Europe 4 years ago : 20 countries, an iconic brand, committed campaigns, advanced digital expertise, on a subject that makes sense : love encounters.

Clara Chappaz has been appointed Director of Mission La French Tech in November 2021. Mission French Tech is an administration under the Ministry of the Economy and Finance responsible for supporting the growth of the French start-up ecosystem.

Prior to joining Mission French Tech, Clara held various management positions in start-ups around the world. During her MBA at Harvard Business School in Boston from 2016 to 2018, she launched her own start-up and experienced strategy consulting at BCG in New York. She also holds an MSc in Management from ESSEC Grande École in Paris.

I joined Partech more than 10 years ago, when we were still a small transatlantic boutique, after having Partech as an investor on my Board for almost a decade.

At Partech, I launched all the Seed investment activities, which have now become one of the largest in Europe with 400M€ under management, 150 portfolio companies spanning 4 continents and 28 countries, with a team of 10 investors.

My current portfolio includes companies I’m humbled to work with, such as Alan, Commsignia, Collectivfood, Digitail, Enter, E-Peas, Lun, Material Exchange, Novicap, Ornikar, Peanut, Pennylane, Pydantic, Quibim, Resolution Games, Seatti, The Exploration Space Company, The Guarantors, V7 Labs, Vyne and many others…

Europe

Pure product of consumer marketing (she gained her experience at Yoplait before moving on to Barilla and Bel), having plunged into the world of pure-players 10 years ago, Céline Boudiere combines extensive experience of marketing and digital with a resolutely innovative mindset and a strong international outlook.

The common thread running through her career ? “Working for great brands that have meaning and a role in people’s lives”. That’s why she joined Meetic Europe 4 years ago : 20 countries, an iconic brand, committed campaigns, advanced digital expertise, on a subject that makes sense : love encounters.

Clara Chappaz has been appointed Director of Mission La French Tech in November 2021. Mission French Tech is an administration under the Ministry of the Economy and Finance responsible for supporting the growth of the French start-up ecosystem.

Prior to joining Mission French Tech, Clara held various management positions in start-ups around the world. During her MBA at Harvard Business School in Boston from 2016 to 2018, she launched her own start-up and experienced strategy consulting at BCG in New York. She also holds an MSc in Management from ESSEC Grande École in Paris.

I joined Partech more than 10 years ago, when we were still a small transatlantic boutique, after having Partech as an investor on my Board for almost a decade.

At Partech, I launched all the Seed investment activities, which have now become one of the largest in Europe with 400M€ under management, 150 portfolio companies spanning 4 continents and 28 countries, with a team of 10 investors.

My current portfolio includes companies I’m humbled to work with, such as Alan, Commsignia, Collectivfood, Digitail, Enter, E-Peas, Lun, Material Exchange, Novicap, Ornikar, Peanut, Pennylane, Pydantic, Quibim, Resolution Games, Seatti, The Exploration Space Company, The Guarantors, V7 Labs, Vyne and many others…

Sibylle Le Maire is Executive Director of the Bayard Group in charge of Development. She founded the Club Landoy, a circle dedicated to the demographic transition and social transformation of companies (2019). Club Landoy brings together 24 companies and their directors, mainly from the CAC 40 (L’Oréal, BNP, Dassault Systèmes, Axa, Sanofi, Caisse des Dépôts, EDF, Orange, Casino… etc.), and aims to bring out new approaches and innovative solutions to take concrete action in favour of social progress.
In March 2023, on the Club’s initiative, 51 companies signed the first inter-company agreement on the role of employees over 50 in the company.
It is behind the creation of ViveS, the first media for women who dare to talk about money, which supports the careers of women over 45. ViveS is driven by the conviction that women’s progress also depends on increasing their economic and financial expertise. The media is developing into a 100% digital ecosystem with a weekly newsletter, a podcast “Osons l’oseille” (Let’s dare to talk about money) and a training and financial education programme via video capsules.

Charlie has been head of the Start-up department at Les Echos since April 2022, after working as a journalist in this section for several months.

Since the end of her studies, Charlie has always been involved in the start-ups and tech sector, working as a journalist for media specialising in digital transformation issues.

Over the years, she has developed a strong commitment to female entrepreneurship.

Cyril Reinhard has extensive experience in the software world. As an entrepreneur for more than a decade, he has also accumulated 20 years’ of experience at renowned software companies such as Ilog, Adobe, Acquia, Hootsuite and Contentful.

He is currently Vice-President of Sitecore France, a leader in composable digital experience platforms, having raised $1.2 billion in 2021. Cyril has acquired solid leadership experience, particularly in high-growth environments.

As an investor and coach, he contributes his expertise and supports start-ups in their development. An ambassador since the very first edition of JFD, he combines his passion for technology with leadership focused on inclusion and innovation.

Edouard de Saint Pierre took over as Managing Director of Lombard Odier in France in June 2021. He is also a member of the European Executive Committee.

Edouard joined Lombard Odier in 2018 and has held several strategic positions within the COO Office of the Private Clients business, with major projects related to business development, digital transformation and operational efficiency.

Edouard is also a member of the Advisory Board of France Digitale, a partner of Lombard Odier.
Before joining Lombard Odier, Edouard de Saint Pierre built up solid experience over more than twelve years with UBS and JP Morgan, in Geneva, Zurich and London.

After obtaining a Master II in Business Law and Financial Markets from the Jean Monnet Law School in Sceaux (Paris Sud XI) in 2011, Adrien Schwyter turned to journalism. He joined the Institut Pratique du Journalisme (IPJ Paris Dauphine) from which he graduated with a Master II in Journalism in 2014.

Adrien Schwyter joined Les Echos the same year in the Financial Markets and then Industry departments. This was followed by a phase of freelance work for Slate, Agence France Presse (AFP) and legal journals. He then joined Usine nouvelle in March 2015.
Finally, he joined the web editorial team at Challenges in August 2015. He then specialised in High Tech and Sport business. First for the web, then for print.

In her role she manages a team of Regional Product Managers and is responsible for the strategy and go-to-market of products such as BNPL, Digital First, Debit/Credit and Tokenisation.

Barbara has extensive international experience in sales and business development, ecosystem transformation and the payments industry. She has a degree in Banking Economics and an MBA in Digital Marketing. A fervent advocate of diversity and inclusion, Barbara is responsible for the Women’s Network (WLN) at Mastercard and a member of the European Women in Payments Network.

Her mission is to promote concrete projects that will have a positive impact on a national scale for a more inclusive and successful society. Barbara recently won the European Women Payment-Positive Troublemaker Award at the annual EWPN 2023 conference. The award is given to pioneers who are working to promote diversity and inclusion where it matters most within the payments industry, particularly where women and minority groups have been under-represented.

In October 2018, she joined Caisse des Dépôts Group to develop the digital and omnichannel platform of Banque des Territoires.

Banque des Territoires is the public financial partner of local public organisations to succeed in the impressive challenges facing their territories.

After graduating from ESCP Business School, Koussée Vaneecke began her career with Danone then Pernod Ricard.

For the past ten years, she has held marketing management and general management positions in companies with a strong entrepreneurial culture, such as Webhelp and Comexposium, where she managed all the tech and cybersecurity events in Europe.

Passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation, she also founded and managed a start-up for 3 years. Born in Moscow to a Russian-Ukrainian mother and a Chadian father, she has systematically worked on international expansions.

Koussée Vaneecke joined EuraTechnologies in January 2022 as Managing Director before becoming CEO in October 2022.

Stéphanie Zolesio is a graduate of HEC (2007). She has held a number of managerial and executive positions in property companies, including Unibail Rodamco (2007-2011) and Hammerson (2011-2014).
 
She joined the Group in 2014 as director of the Real Estate Arbitrages division (2014-2019); she continued her career with Groupe Casino as deputy managing director in charge of real estate operations within Immobilière Groupe Casino (IGC) from 2019 to 2022.
 
In May 2022, she became Executive General Manager of Casino Immobilier and was appointed Head of Casino Immobilier in April 2023. She has been a member of the Executive Committee since June 2022.
 

Afrique

She has a degree in computer engineering and an MBA from HEC Paris and London Business School.

After a successful career spanning more than 15 years as a Tech Executive in various multinationals, in 2020 she co-founded Ejara, which aims to facilitate access to financial services for the populations of French-speaking Africa and its diaspora.

The start-up, which operates in more than 10 countries in French-speaking Africa, has 120,000 users and has raised $10 million since its creation.

Nelly is a recognised leader in data science and a passionate advocate of financial inclusion in Africa and the potential of blockchain to transform the continent.

She is also the author of “Web3, blockchain, tokens, cryptocurrencies, NFT, DAO : a decentralised revolution for all” published in 2023.

He is a graduate of ISEG (Institut Supérieur Européen de Gestion) and holds a DEA in information and communication science from the University of Paris VII – Denis Diderot Paris.

In 2006, he founded Cio Mag, a pan-African magazine dedicated to the information technology sector and distributed in twenty African countries.
Previously, Mohamadou was editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine Réseau Telecom Network, and has worked with a number of media outlets including Jeune Afrique, Les Echos and L’Observateur.

At the same time, he has been organising the Digital African Tour every year for the past decade.

A tour of several African capitals to promote and spread the use of digital technology as a tool for social and economic inclusion.

To strengthen international cooperation between Africa and the rest of the world, he has also been organising in Paris for the past 12 years, the Assises de la Transformation Digitale en Afrique – ATDA.

She has a degree in political communication from Sciences Po Paris and an Executive Education from HEC.

Grace works as a local councillor in her home town of Val-de-Reuil. She began working at Sephora USA in 2014 as an assistant in the HR-Diversity division.
She joined CANAL + in 2015. First with a summer internship in Congo, then as communications manager for the 11 partner countries of the number 1 Pay-TV company, while still based in Congo. She joined the Canal+International corporate team in 2017 as Head of Institutional Relations.

Since 2023, she has been Director of Institutional Relations and CSR Strategy, including the CANAL+IMPACT program.

She also teaches a master’s degree at Sup De Com and is a media ambassador for the African NGO ALIMA.

Adama has a degree in finance from Paris-Dauphine and a Masters in public administration from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

After initial experience in investment banking, Adama joined AFD Group in 2009 to serve the public interest and international cooperation.
As a member of AFD’s Board of Directors, Adama was in charge of financial strategy, performance and capital planning.
He has worked on field operations in West Africa and in the Indian Ocean, where he was Deputy Director of AFD’s Reunion agency. He has also worked at AFD headquarters in Paris in the finance and risk departments.

Appointed Deputy Director of Mobilization, Partnerships and Communication at AFD in mid-2021, Adama joined Finance in Common as Secretary General of the global movement.

He is a graduate of the INSA LYON engineering school. After 5 years as a research and applications development engineer in a digital services company, he set up the Objis IT training centre in 2005, which has trained more than 3,000 IT professionals in Europe and Africa.

With over 22 years of experience in IT, he dreams of “creating a world driven by responsible youth who respect women, the environment, and in which digital technology is both a vector of progress for humanity and an opportunity for financial empowerment”.

This dream is taking shape day by day with the “10,000 Coders” association, a unique socio-educational framework enabling anyone to be educated in digital skills and supported towards the digital career of their choice.

Sylvain joined Eurazeo in December 2013 and manages the Asset-based Finance department.

Prior to joining the Group, Sylvain began his career at Andersen Consulting, then held the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the private equity funds Euromezzanine Partners and Antin Infrastructures Partners.

Sylvain is a graduate of EM Strasbourg and Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh. He also teaches private equity at business schools and practices boxing and triathlon in his spare time.

Her determination led her to ESARC-CEFIRE in Aix-en-Provence to obtain a master’s degree in business management, then to Sciences Po Aix. After graduating with a degree in political engineering and a master’s in comparative politics, she went on to do a master’s in information and communication at CELSA at the same time as ENA.

After ENA, which she sees as the culmination of her studies, she returned to Gabon with the ambition of making digital technology a tool for the empowerment and emancipation of African women and girls.

Since 2010, Camélia Ntoutoume-Leclercq has held a number of senior positions in the Gabonese government.

For Camélia Ntoutoume-Leclercq, her “generation has the obligation to pave the way for other women, to train another generation of ‘Wonder Woman’ because, as Nelson Mandela said, none of us alone can achieve success”.

Canada

Estelle is the Main Director and Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Head of Digital and Payments, TD Bank Group. She plays a key role in the bank’s strategic initiatives and digital transformation.

Curious and active in her community, Estelle has been mentoring young leaders and entrepreneurs since 2014. She is also involved in several non-profit organizations, as a board member, speaker and advisory board member – most notably as Co-Founder and President of French Tech Toronto, which brings together French and Francophone tech entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, academics and French and Canadian government representatives.

A volunteer with several philanthropic missions since 2013, Estelle began sitting on her first board of directors in 2015 and doesn’t limit herself to her area of expertise – also contributing to medical research through HPC for Humanity (formerly Cancer Computer) which strives to provide high-performance computing resources to research centres, in partnership with academic institutions.

Marie-Françoise has been working as a communications consultant in public relations firms for over 20 years. Over the course of her career, Marie-Françoise has had a hand in corporate communications, public affairs and marketing communications across Canada, the United States and France.

Marie-Françoise is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chambre of Commerce and French Industry in Canada (Montreal), the Executive Committee of the Chambre of Commerce France Canada (Paris) and the Board of Directors of the Fondation Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais.

She holds a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the Université de Montréal. She has been Canadian champion several times, Commonwealth champion and represented Canada at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992 (fencing). She was inducted into the Quebec Fencing Hall of Fame in 2022.

Christelle Rousseau, trilingual French-English-Spanish, holds a Master’s degree in Sales/Marketing and has over 20 years of experience supporting SMEs in their international expansion.

With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, she has successfully created and developed several international subsidiaries. Her atypical career path has led her to grow up, study and work in more than 8 countries on 3 continents. She also set up her own tech company. She immigrated to Canada in 2010 and has made Montreal her home.

Xavier Van Overmeire practices business law with a focus on international trade. He is Fellow of the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM).

His practice focuses on advising clients in international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances (including international franchise, distribution and technology transfer agreements). He has extensive experience with multi-jurisdictional transactions and is particularly well versed in the energy, natural resources, pharmaceutical, new technologies, e-commerce and services sectors. Xavier also represents domestic and foreign companies before international courts of law (particularly in Europe) and arbitration panels on international trade issues related to investment and the import-export of products and services.

Xavier teaches at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law and is regularly invited by various international associations and corporations as a speaker on free trade agreements, most particularly on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (the “CETA”) between EU and Canada.

Les Margaret 2023 - 2013

Melissa DJOUKA

Project Immo’Sure · 17 years old 

Securing the real estate market in Africa and protecting its actors.

Melissa is studying Computer Science to specialise in Software Engineering. She is currently in her first year of Computer Science at the IUT Fotso Victor in Bandjoun, Cameroon. 

Her project is a platform related to the Land Registry that allows people inside and outside the country to buy land or a house in complete security.

🇨🇲 Cameroon

Inaya YOGA

Project Youngsess · 15 years old 

Application to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access quality school resources.

Inaya Yoga wants to study political science at Science Po. 

Her project “Youngsess” reflects her aspirations to help others. Inaya’s project aims to reduce the lack of access to educational resources for disadvantaged communities through an app that provides a platform for academic discussion, advice sharing, mentoring and sponsorship. Her app offers an alternative to costly school resources.

🇫🇷 France

Rhoda ODURO

Business development & operations manager Developers in Vogue 

Programme to address the under-representation of women in the technology industry in Africa.

Rhoda Agyeiwaa Oduro is in charge of the operations of Developers in Vogue – training women in the latest technologies and offering them positions with partner companies. She joins the company in 2020, just after the compulsory national service for all graduates of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. With a degree in mathematics, Rhoda’s ambition is to open up the career possibilities for women in technology.

🇬🇭 Ghana

Hakima BERDOUZ

Engineer-researcher in charge of the AI Intrapreneurship project at the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA

Digital, cyber-secure, trusted embedded AI, remote monitoring medical device dedicated to women’s health.

Hakima Berdouz has more than 20 years of experience in integrated risk engineering and applied mathematics in the nuclear sector, with 10 CEA patents to her credit. The Covid-19 pandemic and her 50th anniversary were the triggers for her full-time intrapreneurial commitment, with the support of her hierarchy, to the technological maturation of the HOPE project, a digital medical device, dedicated to women’s health, for remote monitoring of exposure to emerging therapeutic risks and early detection of weak signals that are precursors to rare events.

🇫🇷 France

Nelly CHATUÉ-DIOP

Co-founder & CEO Ejara 

Mobile application for easy access to investments and savings products for everyone.

With a background in computer engineering and an MBA from HEC Paris and London Business School, she has a unique experience in Tech, traditional Finance and Web 3.0 (AI, Blockchain) in several executive committees and boards.

A year and a half after the launch of Ejara, the app has reached one million dollars in revenues and 100,000 users in French-speaking Africa.

Nelly Chatué-Diop allows users in Francophone Africa (and soon the diaspora) to access investment and savings opportunities they would never have been able to seize (crypto, government bonds, etc.) from €1.5 and directly on their mobile app, reducing the barrier to entry in terms of price and access without sacrificing security.

🇨🇲 Cameroon

Maryne COTTY-ESLOUS

Co-founder & CEO Lucine 

Digital therapy for the relief of chronic pain.

After multidisciplinary university studies in law, history and human and social sciences, Maryne Cotty-Eslous completed her academic training in neuroscience. Suffering from chronic pain since her childhood, Maryne decided in 2012 to launch a research project on the mechanisms of chronic pain in order to better understand this phenomenon. With two professional experiences as R&D director in two start-ups and a better understanding of this ecosystem.

In 2017, she decided to launch Lucine in order to provide a digital therapy capable of measuring, analysing and relieving chronic pain. Lucine develops digital neurotherapy to accompany and treat people with chronic pain.

🇫🇷 France

Malebina TSOTSOTSO

Enabling education everywhere

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

🇿🇦 South Africa

Allyah SEMIAI

A bubble of love and restore confidence to victims of school bullying

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

🇫🇷 France

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

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

Ariane AKERET

Strengthening employees’ financial inclusion

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

🇬🇦 Gabon

Eléna POINCET

Tackling cyber espionage 

Founder & CEO Tehtris, publisher of a cyber defense solution that helps fight against cyber espionage and cyber sabotage.

🇫🇷 France

Shamim NABUUMA KALIISA

Facilitating access to cancer diagnosis through AI 

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

🇺🇬 Uganda

Xaviera KOWO

Software engineering student Xaviera Kowo, 18, became the first winner of the Margaret Junior Awards 2021 in the Africa category. The young Cameroonian presented her waste processing robot. Capable of picking up debris as it passes by and transporting it to a defined area (garbage bins, waste disposal centre, recycling centre, etc.) in record time. As a teenager, she became interested in STEM, attended seminars and became fascinated by the success stories of women in tech. This allowed her to develop skills such as public speaking, even forgetting her shyness. Today, one of her deepest wishes is to inspire other young people, especially girls, to reach their potential.

🇨🇲 Cameroon

Louise LESUEUR

First Margaret Junior, Louise was 11 years old when she received the award for Together, her project for a mobile application to improve medical monitoring for children and people with disabilities. Her solution facilitates medical communication between the doctor and the legal guardian(s) by allowing all those involved with the patient to exchange and consult medical data at the click of a button.Louise lives her life and her passions as she sees fit, without being influenced by stereotypes. She lives her life and her passions as she sees fit, without being influenced by stereotypes, between training at the football club, school, reading literary series, her coding lessons and creating games on Scratch. When asked what she would like to do in the future, the young girl replies that she would like to be a professional footballer or a video game designer, but that whatever her choice, she will always be interested in the digital world.

🇫🇷 France

Eloho OMAME

Former CEO of Endeavor Nigeria, Eloho created Firstcheck Africa, a fund made up of a community of women business angels and investors. The aim is to make it easier for African women entrepreneurs in the digital world to raise capital. 

🇳🇬 Nigeria

Elham KASHEFI

Elham Kashefi is co-founder of the startup VeriQloud, which aims to learn about the strategic plan for the development of a quantum computer network, published last February by the White House. Their ambition: to become the leader of the quantum world. Elham Kashefi is Professor of Quantum Computing at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh and Director of Research at the CNRS LIP6 Sorbonne-University. She co-founded the fields of quantum cloud computing and quantum computing verification.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland

Nneile NKHOLISE

The engineer started her career in 2011 as a mechanical engineer in the public works department. Then, she founded iMedTech in 2015, a biotech company that specialises in designing and manufacturing custom medical solutions to improve the lives of Africans. In 2018, she co-founded 3DIMO, a company that automates the analysis of livestock data. This generates in-app universally traceable digital identification of each animal linked to a farmer and will provide the farmer with a tool to record animal vaccinations, movements and stock control.

🇿🇦 South Africa

Linnéa KORNEHED

Linnéa Kornehed is transforming road transport through artificial intelligence. She founded a startup in 2016 that develops autonomous electrically powered vehicles. The Swedish company Einride was the first to implement an autonomous electric freight truck, long before groups like Tesla and Uber. 

🇸🇪 Sweden

Anastasia MIKOVA

Anastasia Mikova has been an investigative journalist for 10 years and is the co-author of the documentary project “Human”, which has been viewed by over 100 million people worldwide. This committed woman also co-directs the film “Woman” with Yann Arthus-Bertrand, which has been shown in over 40 countries. Passionate about social and humanist causes, her motto is to “let people tell their stories” in order to better understand them.

🇺🇦 Ukraine

Afua OSEI

Afua Osei is a Partnerships Strategist helping digital entrepreneurs build the skills, systems and confidence to work with the corporate clients of their dreams.

As a Co-Founder of She Leads Africa, Afua built a digital lifestyle platform for millennial multicultural women reaching more than 800,000 women across 100+ countries.

🇳🇬 Nigeria

Vanessa MOUNGAR

She receives the award for her actions as Director of the Gender, Women and Civil Society Department at the African Development Bank

🇹🇩 Chad

Karen VERNET

Karen Vernet, General Manager of the Printemps Offer, received the award in her capacity as Director of E-Commerce Development for Printemps.com. She is responsible for the development of the Printemps.com website, a committed vision of luxury designer fashion that is resolutely inclusive, exclusive and benevolent.

🇫🇷 France

Jacqueline MUKARUKUNDO

Co-founder in 2018 and marketing director of Wastezon, Jacqueline Mukarukundo is helping to make the planet cleaner. Indeed, her Rwandan clean tech startup is harnessing technology to create a world without waste. Specifically, the company connects households and businesses with e-waste with local recycling industry players.

🇷🇼 Rwanda

Aline MUYLAERT

Aline studied business engineering in Brussels. She is the co-founder in 2015, at only 21 years old, of CitizenLab, an e-democracy platform that allows governments to give their citizens a direct say in matters that affect them. By involving citizens in the decision-making process, local governments can increase efficiency and shape better policies.

🇧🇪 Belgium

Diariata N'DIAYE

In 2015, she founded the association Resonantes and launched the first solidarity application for women and girls who are victims of violence: App-Elles. The name speaks for itself, the play on words is simple and obvious: an invitation to take action, a reminder to tell victims that, in the face of violence, they are not alone! 

🇫🇷 France

Rebecca ENONCHONG

Rebecca Enonchong is founder and CEO of AppsTech, a leading global provider of enterprise application solutions. 

🇨🇲 Cameroon

Julie DAVICO-PAHIN

Julie Davico-Pahin is the co-founder of Ombrea, the climate regulation system for crops via artificial intelligence. After starting her career as a journalist, she joined forces in 2016 with Christian Davico, a former farmer, and together they founded Ombrea. The Aix-based startup develops and markets a solution for protecting and managing crops against climatic hazards. The team, mainly composed of agronomists, doctors in biology and computer engineers, makes Ombrea a tech company at the service of farmers.

🇫🇷 France

Arielle KITIO

Arielle Kitio Tsamo is a Cameroonian entrepreneur and computer scientist. She is the founder of CAYSTI (Cameroon Youth School Tech Incubator), a technology awareness centre that introduces children to technological innovation, programming and robotics created in 2017.

In 2015, Arielle Kitio created the association WIT (Information Technology for Women and Youth) which aims to highlight women who stand out in the fields of science and technology and encourage young Cameroonian girls to opt for scientific and technological fields.

🇨🇲 Cameroon

Céline BARDET

An international lawyer, Céline Bardet fights against the impunity of rape as a weapon of war. She works as an expert consultant for the United Nations, the European Union and institutions such as Interpol. In 2014, she founded the NGO “We Are NOT Weapons Of War (WWoW)”, which aims to transform the techniques of working in the field with victims of war rape. She is now the President of WWoW. On this website, she describes sexual violence as a military strategy in its own right. In 2018, WWoW launched Back up, an encrypted mobile reporting app to collect testimonies and evidence of war rape. 

🇫🇷 France

Siham LAUX

Siham Laux is one of those entrepreneurs who make their dream a reality. Convinced that residents must regain power over their living space, she became an intrapreneur within the La Poste group and created the Ô fil des voisins platform, enabling everyone to co-design their own home. 

🇫🇷 France

Lucie BASCH

In February 2016, during a stay in Scandinavia, in Oslo, within the Open Food Network organisation, she discovered social entrepreneurship and the collaborative economy. Taking advantage of the experience of the OuiShare network, she learned about the computer technology of collaborative sites and, surrounded by other co-founders from different countries, set up her project to create a company with a strong social impact, “Too Good To Go” aimed at fighting food waste. It is a platform that brings together food retailers (small traders, distributors, etc.) and responsible users. Thanks to geolocation, the latter can locate unsold products which are then sold at a price well below their original value.

🇫🇷 France

Roxanne VARZA

Roxanne Varza runs Station F, the largest incubator in Paris. 

Before joining the Microsoft France team, where she is in charge of the start-up audience, including the Bizspark and Spark coaching programmes, she was editor-in-chief of TechCrunch France and worked for European start-ups in London.
In 2007, she became a business manager at an agency that helps American Silicon Valley companies expand in France and Europe. She co-founded the French and British branches of Girls in Tech and co-organised the Failcon Paris conference.
Coming from Silicon Valley, trilingual, recognised as the woman who boosts the French Tech ecosystem, her journey at digital speed led her in October 2015 to the head of the Freyssinet hall.
This multi-faceted profile of influencer, host, connector, mentor, event organiser, editor, author of the TechBaguette blog and start-up lover, seduced Xavier Niel to pilot his Halle Freyssinet project!

🇫🇷 France

Joséphine GOUBE

Josephine Goube co-founded Techfugees, an international non-profit organisation that coordinates the technology industry’s response to the refugee situation.  She is also CEO of Sistech, which provides displaced women with access to skilled and sustainable jobs in the technology and digital sectors. Sistech runs innovative programmes in Greece, Italy and France with a committed and diverse team and hundreds of professionals who volunteer their time and skills in our programmes.

🇫🇷 France

Magali THEVENIAULT

Business Platform owner of the Banque des Territoires at Groupe Caisse des Dépôts.

🇫🇷 France

Veronique MORALI

Véronique Morali founded the Force Femmes association, dedicated to the professional integration of women, especially those over forty-five. Thanks to a network of volunteers and meetings with coaches and professionals during various workshops, Force Femmes helps these people to find a job, to better integrate and assert themselves in working life, or to create their own business. 

🇫🇷 France

Géraldine LE MEUR

French-American entrepreneur turned start-up investor.

Since the early days of the Internet in 1995, she has successfully pursued her entrepreneurial journey in the technology ecosystem, co-founding four successful technology companies in France: a WebAgency (as CMO – acquired by Omnicom BBDO), a web hosting company (as CEO – acquired by France Telecom), a blogging platform (as COO – acquired by SixApart), a Startup Studio (as COO – self-financed).

🇫🇷 France

Marie EKELAND

Founder of the investment fund 2050

🇫🇷 France

Nathalie ANDRIEUX

My dual training in engineering and marketing has enabled me to participate in the digital revolution through the transformation of traditional professions and the emergence of new activities.

I have managed companies (Mediapost Communication), I was part of the Comex of one of the largest French groups (La Poste), I am a director of fine companies (Lagardere, Groupe Casino, GFI), and today I am at the head of a very fine startup for a fine entrepreneurial project (Geolid).

🇫🇷 France

« Never let fear get in your way! Do not be afraid to continue even when so-called “experts” say it’s impossible. Do not be afraid to be alone, to be different, to deceive yourself, to do and recognize your mistakes, because only those who dare to fail greatly can accomplish great things.»
Margaret Hamilton