Les Margaret Awards

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

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.

Through les Margaret Awards, JFD supports the growth and international influence of startups and initiatives led by European and African women.
Les Margaret 2023
Promotion Invest in Her

Margaret Entrepreneur Europe & Africa

  • Maryne COTTY-ESLOUS, Co-founder & CEO Lucine (France)
  • Nelly CHATUÉ-DIOP, Co-founder & CEO EJARA (Cameroun)


Margaret Intrapreneur Europe et Afrique

  • Hakima BERDOUZ, Engineer-Researcher at CEA, in charge of the HOPE project (France)
  • Rhoda ODURO, Business development  & operations Manager Developers in Vogue (Ghana)
Ceremony les Margaret 2023


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 “Intrapreneur” category. 

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

Finalists for the Margaret 2023 Award will be pre-selected by JFD and then presented on February 9, 2023 to a jury that will elect four winners in each category:

  • Entrepreneur Europe
  • Entrepreneur Africa
  • Intrapreneur Europe
  • Intrapreneur Africa



Growth Acceleration Programme


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.


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.

2023 Finalists · les Margaret Awards

Four of the finalists will win les Margaret Awards and benefit from the JFD growth acceleration programme.

The winners of les Margaret Awards will be revealed on 17 April in Paris at the award ceremony, under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic.


Co-founder & CEO LUCINE

Digital therapy to relieve chronic pain.

Lucine is developing digital neurotherapy to support and treat people with chronic pain.

🇫🇷 France


Founder & CEO  WeavAir

A system of software and hardware solutions to predict and improve air quality.

WeavAir is a proactive software and hardware solution for air distribution systems that prevents the spread of air contamination and infection, while saving energy and reducing operating and maintenance costs.

🇺🇦 Ukraine


Co-founder & CEO Pandobac

A turnkey service of reusable transport bins for food suppliers and restaurants.

Pandobac is developing an interface that allows the tracking of circulating bins, limiting losses and monitoring flows.

🇫🇷 France


Co-founder & CEO Ejara

A mobile application for easy access to investments and savings products for all.

Ejara is a mobile application that allows individuals in Africa to access investments and savings products from as little as €1.5.

🇨🇲 Cameroon


Co-founder & CEO Agritech Analytics

AI-powered satellite technology to protect crops on small farms.

Agritech Analytics is developing a crop and soil management tool based on AI-powered, algorithm-driven data from satellite analysis.

🇰🇪 Kenya

Alvine YENO

Founder Ntchina

A community platform for mutual aid in blood donation.

Ntchina is a community-based blood donation platform that facilitates donor acquisition through its eponymous application.

🇬🇦 Gabon


Engineer & Researcher CEA

A digital, cyber-secure medical device with trusted embedded AI for remote monitoring dedicated to women’s health.

Hakima Berdouz is in charge of the development 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

Kahina LANG

Executive Director – Head of Targeted mRNA Delivery MERCK

A cutting-edge targeted platform for therapeutic mRNA delivery.

Kahina Lang leads a programme that will develop numerical models for optimising the transport and targeting of messenger RNA treatments to specific cells and tissues.

🇩🇪 Germany

Marketing & Innovation Director Up Group,

An application that lets employees enjoy the benefits they prefer to increase their purchasing power.

Sylvie Nourry launched May for the UP Group: the application makes it possible to identify expenses linked to company benefits (luncheon vouchers, transport costs, telework, CESU, etc.) and to reimburse the employee directly on the basis of a global budget established by the employer, which can reach 8,000 euros per year.

🇫🇷 France

Business Development & Operations Manager
Developers in Vogue

A programme to tackle the under-representation of women in the technology industry.

Developers in Vogue trains women in the latest technologies and offers them jobs in partner companies.

🇬🇭 Ghana

Ndiate SÉNE
Directrice Régionale de l’ingénierie logicielle

A non-profit structure for a better representation of African women in tech.

Paps is a logistics company operating in Senegal, Ivory Coast and Benin.

🇸🇳 Senegal

Certification & Financing Manager
Kumulus Water

Supporting tech startups to have a sustainable impact, including the upgrading of watertech tools at Kumulus.

Kumulus is a water services startup that aims to provide clean drinking water in an economical and sustainable way.

🇧🇯 Benin

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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


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


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


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


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


Enabling education everywhere

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

🇿🇦 South Africa


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


Facilitating international financial transactions for African merchants

Finance Manager Anka, a platform that provides local merchants with integrated digital management solutions.

🇨🇮 Ivory Coast


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


Strengthening employees’ financial inclusion

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

🇬🇦 Gabon


Tackling cyber espionage 

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

🇫🇷 France


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


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


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 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.

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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 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 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


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, 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


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

🇨🇲 Cameroon


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


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


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


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


Founder of the investment fund 2050

🇫🇷 France


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