French Tech: who are the 14 female patrons or founders of FT 120?

Posted on Feb 1 2022 at 9:42 amUpdated on Feb 1. 2022 at 10:03

The world of start-ups is not shining in its diversity. Among the FT 120, the government index that brings together the most promising young French shoots, there are only fourteen women leaders or founders. And none of them lead a Next 40 company. Here is a picture of these fourteen women representing the future of French tech

1 and 2. Sophie Hersan and Fanny Moizant (Vestiaire Collective)

Sophie Hersan and Fanny Moizant are sad exceptions. So far, these two fashion experts are the only working women to jointly establish a French unicorn. The two women are behind Vestiaire Collective, a company created in 2009 and has four other founders (Alexandre Cognard, Sébastien Fabre, Henrique Fernandes, Christian Jorge).

This second-hand luxury platform has seen a dramatic acceleration in recent months, doubling to 178 million in 2021. Its gaming is now global. The company has been led since 2018 by German Maximilian Bittner. Sophie Hersan is the start-up’s fashion director, and Fanny Moizant is its president.

3. Vanessa Fara Rabesandratana (Ledger)

Little known to the general public, Vanessa Fara Rabesandrana is the co-founder of Ledger. This company was born in 2011 from the merger of La Maison du Bitcoin (Eric Larchevêque and Thomas France), BTchip (Nicolas Bacca, Cédric Mesnil and Olivier Tomaz) and Chronocoin (Joël Pobeda, David Balland and Vanessa Fara Rabesandrana).

The entrepreneur took care of internal communication, marketing and customer service management at Ledger, while writing freelance music at the same time. He left Ledger in 2019 and is currently working on a new project at the crossroads of art and Web3 in Vierzon.

4. Eléonore Crespo (Pigment)

Eleonore Crespo is one of the new leading figures of French Tech. A former Google executive and investor in Index Ventures, the young woman who founded Pigment with Romain Niccoli (formerly Criteo) in 2019.

This start-up has developed SaaS software that makes it possible to plan corporate finances using a dynamic data approach. The young shoot grew rapidly and raised 21.3 million euros in 2020, then an additional 63 million a year later.

5. Carole Judge-Llewellyn (Joone)

Carole Juge-Llewellyn is the boss of Joone, a start-up that specializes in ecological nappies, hygiene and fabrics for babies. The company, which raised 10 million euros in 2020, has since diversified by launching a range of facial cosmetics, reserved for women.

At the beginning of the health crisis, Carole Juge-Llewellyn was part of the group of people behind the ProtegeTonSoignant project. Together, they raised 7.4 million euros to buy equipment that was in short supply for medical staff.

6. Maria Pereira (Tissium)

Tissium is for the second consecutive year at FT120. This medtech is led by Christophe Bancel, the brother of Moderna’s current boss, and counts Maria Pereira among its founders.

This researcher through practice manages change. A strategic position because Tissium works on technologies aimed at better organizing biological tissues. The young shoot raised 50 million euros in 2021 and opened a subsidiary in Boston.

7. Cecile Roederer (Smallable)

A former member of Dim, Cécile Roederer founded Smallable, a site launched in 2008 that aims to make life easier for busy parents. The young shoot has 800 brands from around the world on its platform. There are toys and clothes for children, but there are also items for adults (boys and girls) and at home. The company delivers products to more than 200 countries.

8. Laure Cohen (CertiDeal)

Laure Cohen co-founded CertiDeal, a platform for refurbished and guaranteed electronic products. This company was present at FT 120 for the third consecutive year and raised 15 million euros in 2021. Prior to this experience, Laure Cohen worked for Société Générale and MobileGlobe in the United Kingdom.

9 and 10. Quitterie Mathelin-Moreaux and Emmanuelle Fauchier Magnan (Skello)

Skello is one of French Tech’s rising stars and, a rare thing, has two co-founders: Quitterie Mathelin-Moreaux and Emmanuelle Fauchier Magnan, who work with Samy Amar.

Quitterie Mathelin-Moreaux is the boss of this company that publishes human resources management software based on team planning. He met his co-founder in San Francisco when he worked at Work4. Skello raised € 40 million in 2021.

11. Vera Kempf (Single)

Véra Kempf is the co-founder of Singulart, an online art sales platform that has completed a 60 million euro funding round by the end of 2021. This IEP graduate in Paris, who is passionate about photography, is co -pilots also with Balthasart, a subsidiary of Singulart, who helps talented young artists emerge.

12. Karima Ben Abdelmalek (Happn)

Happn, the tricolor social network for romantic encounters, is run by Karima Ben Abdelamalek, who worked at the company for four years and replaced Didier Rappaport last summer, was accused of sexism by his employees and resigned – he disputes the facts for which he is charged.

A lawyer by practice, Karima Ben Abdelaalek has a lot to do because Happn has large foreign competitors, such as Tinder, and must find a second wind after a very difficult month inside.

13. Aude Guo (Innovafeed)

Born in China and a civil engineer, Aude Guo co-founded Innovafeed in 2016 with Clément Ray, Bastien Oggeri and Guillaume Gras. This start-up specializes in breeding insects for animal and plant food and is often mentioned to potential unicorns in the future of French Tech.

Aude Guo spends his life between Paris and Hauts-de-France, where Agritech’s production sites are located, counting Auchan and Cargill among its main customers. A site should also see the light of day over the next few years in Illinois (United States).

14. Isabelle Riviere (Mnemo Therapeutics)

Mnemo Therapeutics is one of the most promising French biotech. Founded in 2018 and led by Alain Maiore, the company closed a € 75 million Series A round last year to change cancer treatment using its cell therapy platform. Among its founding scientists, there is Isabelle Rivière, who has worked for more than twenty years in the United States at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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