JFD 2021 « Les Margaret 2021 have all shown boldness, creativity and resilience in the face of the health and economic crisis, some have even turned it into an opportunity

JFD, which since 2013 honors and connects women who change the world, took the occasion of International Women’s Day to unveil the 2021 winners of les Margaret Awards and its first young winners of les Margaret Junior Awards, under the patronage of Jean-Michel Blanquer, French Minister of Education, Youth and Sports.



Hosted by Valériane Gauthier, Journalist and Presenter, France 24, the ceremony will feature several remarks, with the highlight of the meeting, the announcement of the winners and the awarding of the #MargaretAwards as well as, new for the 2021 edition, the Margaret Junior that aims to reveal accessible role models and to demystify the technological fields and careers in digital.


Creativity, innovation and audacity


Through these awards, the JFD will reward on March 8, 2021, the creativity, innovation and audacity of four European and two African women and girls.

They will benefit from one million euros of media visibility, access to support programs, speaking opportunities at international events, and access to JFD partner networks and the JFD Club. Winners will also receive digital equipment and financial support.

“Together with our partners, we support the growth and international influence of startups and business initiatives, led by European and African women. For the first time, we are offering a unique platform to young girls, the architects of tomorrow’s world.” Delphine Remy-Boutang, CEO the Bureau & JFD, President of GEN France, says with enthusiasm.


The Margaret Awards are composed of four categories: Entrepreneur Europe, Entrepreneur Africa, Intrapreneur Europe and Intrapreneur Africa.

All women founders or co-founders of innovative companies, for the “Entrepreneur” category, and company employees who have developed digital projects in agreement with their employers, while remaining employees, for the “Intrapreneur” category, can apply.

The awards will be announced by Elisabeth Moreno, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister, in charge of Equality between Women and Men, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, of Youth and Sports for the new junior category under his high patronage, Sira Sylla, Member of Parliament for Seine-Maritime, member of the Foreign Affairs Commission, Wilfrid Lauriano do Rego, Coordinator of the Presidential Council for Africa, and Delphine Remy-Boutang, CEO the Bureau & JFD, President GEN France.


The new category of this year 2021: the Margaret Junior has the ambition to reveal accessible role models and to demystify the technological fields and careers in the digital world.


Under the patronage of the French Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the JFD will award the first Junior prizes to two young girls on March 8: Margaret Junior Europe and Margaret Junior Africa.


The nominees 2021 : 


Are nominated in the Entrepreneur Europe Category:   

  • Candice Colin, Co-founder & CEO, Beautylitic.   France


  • ChrystèleGimaret, Founder & CEO, Ekoklean.    France


  • Fatoumata Kébé, astrophysicist, founder & CEO, Connected Eco.    France


  • LinneaKornehed, co-founder, Einride.    Sweden


  • EmilieLegoff, co-founder & CEO, Troops.    France


Are nominated in the Entrepreneur Africa category:   

  • Vèna Arielle Ahouansou, doctor, founder & CEO KeaMedicals  Benin
  • Charlette N’Guessan, co-founder & CEO, Bace Group  Ghana   Ivory Coast
  •  NneileNkholise, co-founder & CEO 3DIMO  South Africa
  • Marietou Rachida Sorho, co-founder AgriTech 4 Africa  Ivory Coast


Are nominated in the Intrapreneur Europe category:

  • Céline Colonna Ceccaldi, Céline Colonna Ceccaldi, co-founder Runwaiz  at Safran.    France


  • ElhamKashefi, Professor of Quantum Computing at the University of Edinburgh and co-founder of VeriQloud.  UK   France


  • Marie-Catherine Sadowski, CEO Be:Mo at Total Marketing & Services.    France


Are nominated in the Intrapreneur Africa category:

  • Claude Borna, Chief Innovation Officer, Sémé City  Benin
  • Natasha Dimbam, Chief Technology Officer at Bizao  Senegal    Togo


Are nominated in the Junior Europe category:

  • Célimène Huyghues Despointes, Adèle Bonnaud & Eliza Mills, 13, 14 and 15, respectively, Planet Squad  UK   France 
  • Cécilia Kwakwa, 17, Financia  France 
  • Louise Lesueur, 11, TOGETHER !   France 
  • Manon Van Hoorebeke, 17, programmer.   Belgium


Are nominated in the Junior Africa category:

  • Anne-Sophie Assonfack, 11, Awouo  Cameroon
  • Rose Goyéli, 15, X-Market  Ivory Coast
  • XavieraNguefo, 18, programmer  Cameroon
  • Korocyala Samira Tuo, 13, Tcheregnime  Ivory Coast

“It is with pride that we unveil the nominees for the 2021 Margaret Awards. They have all shown boldness, creativity and resilience in the face of the health and economic crisis, and some have even turned it into an opportunity. We will announce the 2021 winners, one per category, on March 8”, said Delphine Remy-Boutang, CEO the Bureau & JFD, President GEN France.

Les Margaret 2021 will participate in the JFD Entrepreneurship Expedition to the USA, Europe and Africa starting October 11th (International Girls’ Day). They will benefit from the JFD’s network of influence, a multi-million euro media plan, and access to the world’s largest R&D laboratories. In addition to funding, digital equipment and mentoring programs, JFD provides all the levers essential to the growth of their projects.


Watch the awards ceremony #lesMargaret 2021, live on March 8 at 9:15am (CET) on joinjfd.com or on Twitter/Facebook @joinjfd!

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