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.

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:

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

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.

Finalists Entrepreneur

Democratising access to knowledge and skills

Founder & CEO Wooskill, web platform that allows anyone to offer and monetise their skills or talents.

France

Tackling cyber espionage 

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

France

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.

Norway

Increase buying power of employees by simplifying the advance payment

Founder & CEO Rosaly, Fintech for Good that enables automatic management of down payment requests.

France

Helping companies to combine environmental and economic performance

Founder & CEO Green Score Capital, which offers a 360° environmental impact measurement software solution: Footprint Target.

France

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.

Egypt

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

Strengthening employees’ financial inclusion

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

Gabon

Finalists Intrapreneur

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

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.

France

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.

France

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.

Senegal

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. 

Kenya

Facilitating international financial transactions for African merchants

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

Ivory Coast

LES MARGARET ENTREPRENEURS WIN:

  • Media exposure worth 1 million euros.
  • Mentoring & coaching sessions by our partners.
  • Digital equipment: tablets, smartwatches…
  • Public speaking opportunities in Europe and Africa.
  • A one-year membership to the JFD network.

LES MARGARET INTRAPRENEURS WIN :

  • Media exposure worth 1 million euros.
  • Mentoring & coaching sessions by JFD and its partners.
  • Digital equipment: tablets, smartwatches…
  • Public speaking opportunities in Europe and Africa.
  • A one-year membership to the JFD network.
« 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