French Tech: the 10 women to follow in 2022

Posted on Jan 14, 2022, 1:33 PMUpdated on Jan 14, 2022 at 2:49 PM

In a tech ecosystem primarily dominated by men, they have found a place for themselves: ten women have been selected by the Sista collective to be among the personalities to follow in 2022 at French Tech. “They pulled out of the game despite the hurdles: fewer opportunities to be funded and lower salaries than the boys,” said Deborah Loye, CEO of Sista collective.

“To compile this list, which is published every year for ten years, we can count on an entire ecosystem of Sista volunteers (who are entrepreneurs, investors, etc.). They nominated them and the first in rank remains on the list, “explains the general manager.” It is time to put women first! »

1. Audrey Bourolleau, co-founder and director of Hectar

Audrey Bourolleau, 41, is the head of Hectar, the free agricultural school funded by Xavier Niel and located on a 600-acre estate in Lévis Saint-Nom, in Yvelines. In addition to a training unit for agricultural trades and business procurement, it includes a start-up accelerator, associated with the HEC business school. With 160,000 farms to resume over the next three years, the challenge is to help the profession move into a peaceful relationship with technology.

A graduate of La Rochelle business school, Audrey Bourolleau began her career in the wine sector, where she led the Côtes de Bordeaux syndicate and the powerful Vin et Société lobby. Then, engaging in the presidential campaign in favor of Emmanuel Macron, he ended up joining his cabinet at the Elysée for two years as an adviser on agricultural issues.

2. Sophie Cahen, co-founder and CEO of Ganymed Robotics

Sophie Cahen, co-founder and CEO of Ganymed Robotics.Bruno LEVY/CHALLENGES-REA

In 2018, Sophie Cahen launched the company Ganymed Robotics, the source of an innovative surgical assistance technology in orthopedics. The start-up chose to facilitate the complex installation of knee prostheses. After three fundraisers, the young shoot had a team of approximately twenty people and filed six patents.

A graduate engineer from CentraleSupélec Paris, the 33-year-old businessman pursued an atypical career: after a one-year internship at a financial investment firm, he worked in Amman, Jordan, on behalf of the French Agency for development (AFD). He then returned to Europe to work at an operational excellence consulting firm, at Avencore … before leaving to manage a travel agency in Iran, with an MBA from Insead in his pocket.

Upon his return to France, he came up with the idea of ​​Ganymed Robotics, notably inspired by a meeting with roboticist Bruno Maisonnier, founder of start-up Aldebaran, who is now one of his business angels.

3. Charlotte Fanneau, COO of Heuritech

Involved for five years at Heuritech, Charlotte Fanneau, 28, is now the COO (director of operations) and member of the board of directors. Created in 2013 by two doctoral students in machine learning, this start-up uses image recognition to spot fashion trends emerging on social networks.

A graduate of HEC Paris where she notably followed a digital entrepreneurship program with Ecole 42, the entrepreneur is also one of the co-founders of Follow’Her, an association that supports the economic inclusion of women in Africa and Middle East.

4. Delphine Groll, co-founder and COO of Nabla

Delphine Groll

Delphine GrollDR

When describing her career, her career as a young skier was inspired by Delphine Groll: “I am largely an athlete who loves competition”, she told “Les Echos”. Leading sports for President Nicolas Sarkozy, director of communications for the Au Féminin group for three years, was then head of business development at MyLittleParis, in 2018, at the age of 32, he took over as head of operations. Nabla, a start-up that specializes in deploying artificial intelligence technologies.

Funded at 17 million euros, primarily by Xavier Niel, the company recently launched a free application dedicated to women’s health. “There are real shortcomings in prevention, diagnosis and treatment” in women, the former skier justifies.

5. Aude Guo, co-founder of Innovafeed

Born in China to engineer parents, Aude Guo arrived in Paris at the age of 11 and began his own engineering studies at Ponts et Chaussées. After a stint in aeronautics at Safran and several years at consulting firm McKinsey, he became interested in food. This led him to co-found, in 2016, the start-up InnovaFeed.

This start-up, which now counts Auchan or Cargill among its major customers, specializes in breeding insects for animal and plant food. Its products feed trout, chicken, pork and even salmon. And in a sustainable way, thanks to the proteins “Hermetia illucens”, the black soldier flies, reduced to flour, oil and fertilizer.

6. Chloé Hermary, co-founder and CEO of Ada Tech School

At age 27, Chloé Hermary is the co-founder and CEO of Ada Tech School, a computer science school that is said to be feminist and inclusive. Launched in 2019 and located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, this school prepares students for two years for developer work with a diploma at the license level recognized by the State.

Initially wanting to work in luxury styling, the HEC graduate would “never think he had the capacity to be an entrepreneur,” he told “Echos” in September. By being passionate about alternative ways of learning so he gave birth to this school project, which recently announced a fundraiser of 3 million euros and plans to open a second campus in Nantes for start-up of the 2022 school year. .

7. Sophia Martin, partner of Raise Ventures

At 37, Sophia Martin was appointed a partner at Raise Ventures in October. The investment firm Raise, created in 2013 by Clara Gaymard and Gonzague de Blignières, aims to help large groups work with start-ups and ETI.

Prior to joining the group as director of investments for the “Raise Ventures” segment (Venture Capital’s activity focused on innovative start-ups, which also earned the Diversity VC label), Sophia Martin worked for more than eight years in the Venture Capital sector. A graduate of Toulouse Business School and the University of Plymouth, he also held an operational position within Amazon’s Retail teams where he manages a supplier portfolio of more than 130 million euros.

8. Maya Noël, director of France Digitale

Last October, Maya Noël led France Digitale. Created in 2012 following the Pigeons movement (which denounced the increase in corporate taxes), the French association and lobby led by Frédéric Mazella, president and founder of Blablacar, is the leading startup organization in Europe.

The 32-year-old Franco-Thai, Maya Noël joined the association in 2019, being responsible for creating a branch of France Digitale Talent dedicated to recruitment in young shoots. A graduate of Toulouse Business School, he devoted himself from the start of his career to finding new digital talent, first as a headhunter at Mobiskill, then as co-founder of YBorder, an international recruitment platform.

9. Fanny Prigent, co-founder and Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer of EachOne

Fanny Prigent, 33, founded EachOne in 2015, a start-up that trains and helps refugees and migrants find work in France. Associated with Théo Scubla, founder of Wintegreat, and Maxime Baudet, formerly of Jumia, the entrepreneur first focuses on recruitment issues before expanding his training offer, into all sorts of fields. So far, EachOne, with the status of a company with a mission, has allowed 2,000 people to find work in 20 large groups.

Growing up in Guyana, a “land of migration”, Fanny Prigent was “always committed to the topics of inclusion and diversity”, she told “Les Echos”. Upon leaving her studies at Sciences Po in 2011, the young woman therefore worked five years at Accenture, which specializes in these topics, then flew to Malaysia to join Urban Refugees for two years, an NGO that aims to improve the lives of refugees.

10. Laura Roguet, VC at Korelya Capital

Laura Roguet, VC at Korelya Capital.

Laura Roguet, VC at Korelya Capital.DR

For four years, Laura Roguet served as principal at Korelya Capital. This venture capital fund – founded in 2016 by Fleur Pellerin and supported by South Korean Internet giant Naver – is the first French structure to receive the Diversity VC label. Behind the fundraising of Devialet, Job Teaser or even Vestiaire Collective, it has set its own goal of expanding the European tech horizon by providing start-ups with the capital necessary for their growth and access to Asian markets.

A graduate of ESCP Business School and the French Institute of Directors (IFA), Laura Roguet, 31, is also the author of a “Guide to diversity and inclusion”, available on the Medium platform, aimed at both interns and start-ups.

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