LES MARGARET JUNIOR AWARDS

Unveil the future generation who will change the world.

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

In 2020 JFD launched the 1st edition of les Margaret Junior Awards, which are aimed at young European, African and Canadian girls between the ages of 7 and 18, who innovate, and have the spirit of entrepreneurship… the future generation that will change the world.

Our ambition is to demystify tech studies and digital professions. Making innovation accessible to a greater number of people means bringing out a new generation of leaders.

Les Margaret Junior Awards 2024

12th Promotion – Championing Women

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Who can apply

You are a young girl aged between 7 and 18.

You are Canadian or a citizen of a European or African country.

Your project addresses a major global issue (health, environment, energy, mobility, education, etc.) through the application of technology and showcases your entrepreneurial spirit… or creativity through computer programming, an application, a game or the use of technology (artificial intelligence, 3D, big data, IoT, etc.) in the development of a prototype.

Key dates

The call for applications closed on 8 January 2024. The finalists for les Margaret Junior Awards 2024 will be pre-selected by JFD, then presented on 8 February 2024 to a jury of experts who will elect the Margaret Juniors.

The Margaret Junior Awards ceremony will take place on 7 March 2024.

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.

En digne héritière de Margaret Hamilton, pionnière et Informaticienne de la NASA, qui a transporté l’Humanité sur la Lune au travers la Mission Apollo 11 en 1969, les Margaret 2023 ont reçu une broche Lunar designée par l’artiste Constance Guisset

Finalists 2024 · The Margaret Junior Awards

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

Zoé Palfer Sollier, 16 – COach2

Assessing and reducing the carbon footprint

In her first year of general education, specialising in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering Sciences, Zoé’s ambition is to attend a preparatory school and then go on to engineering school. Her future ambition is to develop robotic solutions to replace human organs.

Her project, COach2, is an application that assesses and reduces the user’s carbon footprint based on 4 factors: their consumption habits in terms of food and clothing, electronic devices and transport used.

Users can answer a multiple-choice questionnaire and provide consumption data by scanning their till receipts, which are then decoded and analysed by the application. Once the emissions have been calculated, the results are sent to the user, along with a graph showing the breakdown of carbon emissions between these 4 factors. Users can then access a list of personalised alternatives for reducing their emissions.

Individual and group challenges are also included to strengthen community involvement.

🇫🇷 France, Antony

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

Seynabou Kane, 17 – Mbal-it Connecté

Simplifying the waste sorting process for households

Seynabou is in her first year of secondary school at the Institut Sainte Jeanne D’Arc in Dakar, and plans to continue her studies in computer science and technology.

Seynabou wants to do something about the poor management of waste (waste sorting), which is harmful to human health and the environment, and contributes to the challenge of climate change.

That’s why she set up the Mbal-It Connecté project, which aims to revolutionise the waste sorting process by integrating artificial intelligence and connected objects.

The basic idea is to enable a camera to recognise the nature of waste, such as glass, plastic or organic waste. Based on this recognition, the corresponding bin will open automatically, simplifying the sorting process for users.

🇸🇳 Senegal, Dakar

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 Junior 2023 - 2021

Melissa DJOUKA

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

Melissa, 17, 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 “Immo’Sure” 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 NGOUMDJAM

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

Inaya Yoga, 15, 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

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

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

Rose TUO

Rose Goyéli Tuo, 15, X-Market, an application for monitoring urbanization, allowing management of the often anarchic implantation of roadside stores. It thus reduces accidents, neighborhood quarrels, and altercations between vendors and public authorities (seizures, destruction of goods, etc.).

🇨🇮 Ivory Coast

Manon VAN HOOREBEKE

Manon Van Hoorebeke, 17, Programmer, who is working on a community application giving access to information on STEM to young girls: workshops, masterclasses, development of collaborative projects, etc

🇧🇪 Belgium

Les Margaret Junior Awards are the continuation of the les Margaret Awards which, since 2014, reward European and African women entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, who innovate for a better world. The award is named after Margaret Hamilton, Director of the Software Engineering Division that developed the embedded software for the Apollo space program. It is thanks to her contribution that Man walked on the Moon.