The Digital Women's Day has launched the call for applications for the les Margaret Award 2020, dedicated to business acceleration for women who change the world. Women entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs from Europe and Africa are encouraged to apply.
les Margaret 2019 Euope-Afrique
Created in 2013 by Digital Women’s Day (DWD) and supported by Margaret Hamilton, les Margaret Award highlights big ideas and innovations from committed and inspiring digital women who are disrupting challenges that society is facing today.
Four awards to celebrate women and innovation
The call for applications is open until midnight on 2 February 2020. The four winners, Margaret Entrepreneur Europe & Africa et Margaret Intrapreneur Europe & Africa, will be revealed during the 8th edition of DWD Europe, on 21 April 2020, in Paris, France (la Maison de la Radio).
For the first time, les 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 €1 million.
“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.” says 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.
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