The Digital Women’s Day has announced the call for applications for les Margaret Award, a program dedicated to business acceleration for women who change the world. Women entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs from Europe and Africa can apply up to February 2, 2020.
Created in 2013 by DWD (DigitalWomensDay.com) and supported by Margaret Hamilton, the head of the software engineering department of MIT who designed the onboard software for the space crafts of the Apollo program. les Margaret Award (or The Margaret Award) highlights big ideas and innovations from committed and inspiring digital women who are disrupting challenges that our society is facing today.
The call for applications is open until February 2, 2020.
The 4 winners – Margaret Entrepreneur Europe and Africa et Margaret Intrapreneur Europe and Africa – will be revealed during the 8th edition of DWD Europe, on April 21, 2020, in Paris, France (la Maison de la Radio).
For the first time, les Margaret Award will offer to the 4 winners funding to support and accelerate the growth of their business. As part of the DWD’s business acceleration program, they will receive funding, media exposition, development support, for an overall value of 1 million euros.
“Through les Margaret Award, we reward creativity, innovation and audacity. We offer the winners a growth acceleration and a gigantic media exposure in Europe and Africa. With less than 5% of women founders of startups worldwide and access to funding of 2%, it is important to provide financial support to these women who are changing the world,” Delphine Remy-Boutang, CEO the Bureau & DWD, President of GEN France.
Entrepreneurs must meet several criteria to be eligible, such as:
- A mixed team with at least one woman founder.
- The use of new technologies to serve a better world.
- Existing structure in Europe and/or in Africa for less than 5 years.
Intrapreneurs on the other hand must mainly demonstrate that they are developing new growth opportunities within their company based on agile and original methods. This category concerns employees of large and medium-sized companies who have developed a project in agreement with their employer while remaining employed, which may lead to the creation of a startup, but also to other innovative activities and orientations, such as new products, services, technologies, administrative techniques, strategies development.
The jury, chaired by Delphine Remy-Boutang and composed of digital experts, will deliberate on February 6, 2020. The jury comprises Vanessa Chocteau, Head of French IoT program of La Poste Group; Bernard Giry, digital, innovation and research advisor of Région Ile-de-France; Cathy Mauzaize, Head of key accounts entity at Microsoft; Morgane Miel, deputy editor in chief of Madame Figaro; and Karim Sy, Chairman of Digital Africa.
“Being a Margaret is a real boost. We have gained so much visibility… To be rewarded by such a prestigious event has helped with our daily business with contacts and more doors have opened,” noted Julie Davico-Pahin, co-founder of Ombrea, the 2019 winner of les Margaret Award (Europe).
“Our ambition is to create more Margarets. I am not the best, there are plenty! Our job is to be able to draw from the bottom, to create a fresh wind with african young girls who grow up with a new state of mind, and who will be the next leaders,” said Arielle Kitio, founder of Caysti, winner of les Margaret Award (Africa 2019).