92 Women To Follow Who Are Disrupting Tech In France

Europe is ramping up to compete with Silicon Valley and become the number one startup destination. Which means there’s a huge opportunity for the EU to make serious investments in diverse-led startups, and see trillions of dollars in exits. Data shows that founding teams that include a woman outperform their all-male peers by 63%, according to First Round Capital who compared the performance data in their portfolio over 10-years. And venture-backed, women-led tech companies bring in 12% higher revenue than male-owned tech firms.

Despite the data that supports the business case for investing in women-led startups, the funding for them in the EU is declining. Between 2016 and April of 2018 investments in women-led companies decreased from 14% to 9%. That’s an astounding decline considering the uphill battle that women entrepreneurs face to get a minuscule portion of the funding. And what happened to all of those investors commitments to diversify their portfolios?

In France, VC funding for startups rose to €2.7 billion in 2017, compared with just €255 million in 2014, according to Dealroom, a research firm. France is also providing tax credits worth up to €5 billion a year and in May of this year, President Macron announced France would invest €1.5 billion into AI research through 2022.

The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo sees this surge in VC funding in France as an opportunity to launch new programs to fix the funding gap for women entrepreneurs. Her Administration has invested serious resources in promoting women in tech and entrepreneurship programs that will increase funding for women-led startups and is why our nonprofit Women Who Tech chose Paris for our next Women Startup Challenge Europe October 25th at City Hall.

French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen, second right, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, center, and members of several women’s rights associations hold a banner reading “Maintenant On Agit” (“Now We Act”) on the eve of International Women’s Day to honor women’s rights and promote the French equivalent of the Time’s Up movement in Paris, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Launched by the Foundation of Women, the movement aims to raise funds for associations helping women pursue cases before justice, “so that no woman ever again has to say #MeToo.” (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

For example, Paris has launched incubators and accelerators like Willa and Les Sprinteuses, and the Women4Climate Tech Challenge with C40, which Hidalgo’s Administration actively supports.

“Paris is determined to provide women and girls with the resources to occupy their rightful place in the tech industry! Our Paris Code program includes training courses entirely dedicated to women. We also have an objective of having 50% of girls in our ground-breaking new initiative TUMO Paris, inspired by the amazing TUMO-Erevan example, which teaches 4 000 teenagers per year about all aspects of digital creation,” said Hidalgo.

“Investing in women it is crucial for the future we aspire to. Digital technologies are transforming the world radically. Do we want the apps, the AI, the datas science that will shape our future lives to be designed only by a small minority of people,” asked Hidalgo. Diversity in the tech industry is a question that is essential to our future.”

Hidalgo’s commitment to supporting women in tech and startups is why there’s been a surge of women-led ventures that are disrupting tech. Here’s 92 women founders, investors, and tech leaders in Paris and in France (listed alphabetically) who are shaking up the tech industry that you need to know.

Startup Founders and Entrepreneurs

Anais Barut, Co-founder and CEO of Damae Medical
Anne-Christelle Pérochon, Founder & CEO of Bim
Anne de Kerkove, CEO of Freespee
Anne Malliart, Cofounder and CEO of Peeksprint
Arbia Smiti, Founder and CEO of Carnet de Mode, Serial Tech Entrepreneur, and Ambassador at La French Tech
Alix Poulet, CEO at Leetchi.com and Cofounder of e-Citizen
Agathe Wautier, CEO and Cofounder of The Galion Project
Béatrice Gherara, Cofounder and CMO of Kokoroe
Binta Jammeh, COO and Cofounder of Konexio
Cecilia Lundborg, Founder of PitchYard and VC Analyst at daphni
Celine Lazorthes, Founder and CEO of Leetchi.com & MANGOPAY
Charlotte Sieradzki, Cofounder of Cook Angels
Clara Darcq, Cofounder of Nighthawks Paris
Claude Terosier, CEO and Founder of Magic Makers
Clémence Franc, Cofounder & CEO of Novagray
Delphine Le Serre, Cofounder and CEO of StudyWork.fr
Diana Brondel, CEO & Founder of Xaalys
Erika Haiste, Cofounder and CEO of izilaw
Elise Covilette, Cofounder and COO of Kokoroe
Elsa Hermal, Cofounder of Epicery
Eva Sadoun, Founder of Lita.co
Gaëlle Frizon de Lamotte, Founder of Oly Be
Haweya Mohamed, Cofounder and Managing Director of Afrobytes
Julie de Pimodan, Founder of Fluicity
Inès Leonarduzzi, CEO of Digital for the PLanet and Founder and President of Women Inspiring Talks – WIT Paris
Jean Nachiwala Guo, CEO and Cofounder of Konexio
Joanna Kirk, Co-Director of StartHer, Cofounder of Startup Sesame, and Chair of Techfugees Frances
Joy Solal, Cofounder of Cook Angels
Julia Bijaoui, Co-CEO and Cofounder of Frichti
Lara Rouyres, CEO Visualbot.ai, Selectionnist, and VP of France Digitale
Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke, Founder & Managing Director of Women’s WorldWide Web (W4)
Marine Couteau, Cofounder of Leka
Marie-Laure Sauty de Chalon, Founder and CEO of aufeminin
Mathilde Lacombe, Cofounder of BirchboxEN
Maëlle Gavet, COO at Compass Inc and Cofounder of Expat Info Desk
Marjolaine Grondin, CEO and Cofounder of Jam
Mathilde Collin, Cofounder and CEO of Front App
Maya Noël, Head of Product and Cofounder at YBorder
Meyia Ntolo, Entrepreneur, Founder of AfroCadre and Founder of Lafeent
Manon Pommier, Manager of incubator ESPCI Paris
Pauline Pham, Partner and VP of Five by Five
Rania Belkahia, CEO and Cofounder of Afrimarket
Raphaelle Covilette, CEO and Cofounder of Kokoroe
Roxanne Varza, Cofounder of StartHer and Director of Station F
Sarah-Diane Eck (Sandblock – blockchain)

Tech Leaders

Alice Zagury, Cofounder and CEO of The Family
Aline Bonne, Senior Marketing Manager at Netflix
Amélie Faure, Serial Entrepreneur and Operating Partner at Serena
Anaïs Richardin, Editor-In-Chief, Maddyness
Anissa Talbi, Industry Head Branding at Google France
Aurélie Perruche, CEO, Founder, Entrepreneurship Mentor, and VP of Digital Transformatin and Innovation at CCI Parid IdF
Axelle Lemaire, Global Head of Terra Numerata and Former State Secretary in charge of Digital and Innovation at Ministries of Economy, Finance, Action, and Public Accounts
Caroline Ramade, Advocate for Women in Tech, Former Managing Director of Willa
Cécile Pélissier, Head of Cabinet, Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika
Delphine Remy Boutang, Founder of La Journée de la Femme Digitale
Deborah Rippol, Talent and Recruitment at Alan
Dipty Chander, GMP Process Coordinator EMEA at Google and President of E-mma
Florence Trouche, Business Director at Facebook
Gabrielle Fournet, Data Scientist at Boost.rs
Gentiane Pozzi Barret, Industry Manager at Google France
Iffat Sumia, Python programmer and Molecular Neuroscientist
Isabelle Lechanteur, Agency Director at Google France
Jennifer Schenker, Founder and Editor-in-Chief at The Innovator
Julie Ranty, Managing Director of Viva Tech. Founder and Publisher of Les Echos Start
Kat Borlongan, Director of La French Tech
Marie Georges, Partner of Sustainable Development Consulting at Deloitte and Chair woman of WILLA by Paris Pioneers
Marie Lopez, Content Creator at YouTube
Marjorie Paillon, Journalist of Tech 24, Founder, and Producer
Merete Buljo, Chief Digital and Customer Experience, Executive Committee, of Natixis EuroTitres
Nada Elawad, Software Engineer at Google
Paola Gabriele, Director of Operations at Hardware Club
Pauline Butor, YouTube & Video Lead at Google France
Pauline Pham, VP of Growth at Five by Five and Co-Director of StartHer
Rachel Delacourt, VP at Zendesk for Startups and Co-President at France Digitale
Salwa Toko, Cofounder and President of BECOMTECH


Aina Rakotoarisoa, Investor and Advisor, Mentor for TechStars, and Mentor for Women Who Tech
Amrita Sarkar, Former Investment Director at Air Liquide Venture Capital and Mentor at Techstars
Anne Bouverot, Independent Board Member, Global Technology Executive, and Angel Investor
Anne-Sophie Carrese, Partner at Elaia Partners
Anne-Valérie Bach, VC and Partner at Serena
Audrey Soussan, General Partner at Ventech Capital
Camille Delibes, Partner and Investment Director at Omnes Capital
Claire Houry, General Partner at Ventech
Fatou Diagne, Managing Partner of Bootstrap Europe, Managing Partner of The Real Economy Effect, and Cofounder of Fractal Labs
Fleur Pellerin, French Junior Minister for SMEs and Acting CEO of Korelya Capital
Marie Ekeland, Cofounder of daphni and Cofounder and VP of France Digitale
Mounia Rhka, VC, Seed Club Manager at ISAI, and Cofounder of the Girls in Tech Association
Pauline Roux, Partner at Elaia Partners
Samantha Jerusalmy, Partner at Elaia Partners and Co-Director of StartHer
Sophie Boirard, Investor Catalyst at OneRagtime
Stéphanie Hospital, Founder and CEO of OneRagtime, Investor, and Juror for Women Who Tech
Victoria Hernandez, Head of the Investment Committee at Rising Tide Europe

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