Les Margaret Awards reward every year European and African 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.
WHO CAN APPLY?
You are a female founder or co-founder of a tech startup for the “Entrepreneur” category.
You are a female employee and you developed a project in agreement with your employer while remaining an employee for the “Intrapreneurship” category.
You are a citizen of a European or African country, your project is innovative and respond to societal issues: Environment & Energy (climate change, urban planning, energy transition, sustainable development…), Health (access to care, diagnosis, treatment), Communication & IT (cybersecurity, IoT, AI, data science, all digital…), Transport & Mobility (vehicles, infrastructures, uses…) etc.
APPLICATIONS FOR LES MARGARET AWARD 2022 CAN BE SUBMITTED FROM NOVEMBER 8, 2021 UNTIL JANUARY 17, 2022 AT 11:59pm CET.
Finalists for the Margaret 2022 Award will be pre-selected by JFD and then presented on February 10, 2022 to a jury that will elect four winners in each category:
THE AWARD CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT PULLMAN MONTPARNASSE PARIS ON MARCH 8, 2022.
LES MARGARET 2022 ARE
Eléna POINCET, Founder & CEO Tehtris in the Entrepreneur Europe category.
Ariane AKERET SOUFIANO, Co-founder & CEO CA Pay in the Entrepreneur Africa category.
Sue BLACK, Professor of computer science & technology Durham University in the Intrapreneur Europe category.
Cléo NGOKOUDI, Finance Manager Anka in the Intrapreneur Africa category.
Allyah SEMIAI in the Junior Europe category.
Malebina TSOTSOTSO in the Junior Africa category.
Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa received the Margaret Jury’s Hope Award.
JFD reached for the moon for les Margaret by giving them a moon fragment. A timeless gesture achieved in collaboration with designer Rose Mercier.
These lunar meteorites are more than 4 billion years old and take more than 100,000 years to arrive on Earth. Only 20 kilos are found each year, there is nothing rarer or more precious in the world.
The 2022 winners for les Margaret awards benefit from JFD’s growth acceleration programme for 1 year including: media exposure worth €1 million, mentoring and coaching in collaboration with JFD partners, “Galaxy” tablets and connected watches from Crédit Agricole Group, speaking opportunities in Europe and Africa, membership of the JFD network, etc.
OBJECTIVE MOON FOR LES MARGARET JUNIORS!
Allyah and Malebina names will be added to the flight manifest of the Orion spacecraft, NASA’s ARTEMIS I mission.
In May, they will have a front row seat to a mission that is crucial to pave the way for a permanent human settlement on the moon and that will lead to the first woman’s step on the moon by 2025. ARTEMIS I will launch in a configuration that exactly replicates the conditions of unmanned flight and will orbit the moon for 25 days.
Simplifying access to scientific research through AI
Co-founder & CEO IRIS.ai, AI tools and applications to enable humans to make sense of and apply all the world’s scientific knowledge.
Helping companies to combine environmental and economic performance
Founder & CEO Green Score Capital, which offers a 360° environmental impact measurement software solution: Footprint Target.
Rationalising the fresh produce value chain and empowering farmers
Co-founder & CEO FreshSource, Egypt’s first business-to-business agricultural platform, which streamlines the fresh produce value chain and empowers farmers.
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.
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.
Innovation serving the energy transition to prepare the future
In charge of the Business Acceleration & Open Innovation department within the Innovation division of the Marketing & Services branch of TotalEnergies, she supported the transformation of the Marketing & Services branch through the development of 16 projects on mobility, customer centricity, digital or CSR topics.
Digital technology at the heart of the food transition and environmental protection
Executive Director of E-Commerce, Data and Digital Transformation for the Carrefour Group, she leads the accelerated development of e-commerce and pilots the activity of the drive and delivery services, and manages the digital teams of Carrefour group.
Developing clean, sustainable and connected mobility in Africa
Executive Director Partners West Africa, Adjaratou has developed a clean, safe, sustainable and connected mobility project with motorbike taxis.
Enabling access to essential goods and services in Africa through e-commerce
Head of Partnerships Sokowatch, a platform that aims to facilitate access to essential goods for informal retailers.
Facilitating international financial transactions for African merchants
Finance Manager Anka, a platform that provides local merchants with integrated digital management solutions.
LES MARGARET ENTREPRENEURS WIN:
LES MARGARET INTRAPRENEURS WIN :