Margaret Award: African businesswomen can apply

From left: Delphine Remy-Boutang, CEO the Bureau & DWD, President of GEN France, Rebecca Enonchong, CEO Apps Tech (Margaret of honor 2019), Valérie Laugier, VP Digital & Innovation, Total Marketing & Services, Arielle Kitio, CEO Caysti (Margaret Africa 2019), Céline Mas, Chairperson of the Committee UN Women France, Julie Davico-Pahin, co-founder of Ombrea (Margaret Europe 2019) and Diariata N’Diaye, CEO App-Elles (special mention of the jury les Margaret 2019)

The Digital Women’s Day (DWD) launches the call for applications for the Margaret Award, dedicated to business acceleration for women who change the world. Women entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs from Europe and Africa can apply up to February the 2nd.

Created in 2013 by DWD and supported by Margaret Hamilton, 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 four winners, Margaret Entrepreneur Europe & Africa and Margaret Intrapreneur Europe & Africa, will be revealed during the 8th edition of DWD Europe on April 21 in Paris, France.

For the first time, the Margaret Award will offer to the four 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 one million euros.

“Through the 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 and an 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, composed of digital experts will deliberate on February 6th and includes: 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 of Microsoft; Morgane Miel, deputy editor in chief of Madame Figaro, Karim Sy, chairman of Digital Africa, etc.

“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.” Julie Davico-Pahin, co-founder of Ombrea, winner of the Margaret Award (Europe 2019).

“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.” Arielle Kitio, founder of Caysti, winner of les Margaret Award (Africa 2019).