French Tech: the 10 women to follow in 2022

Published on 17 Jan. 2019 at 13: 33Updated 14 Jan. 2022 at 14: 35

In a tech ecosystem populated mainly by men, they have managed to find a place for themselves: ten women have been selected by the Sista collective to be among the personalities to follow in 2022 in French Tech. “They have done well despite the obstacles: fewer chances of being funded and lower salaries than men,” says Deborah Loye, CEO of the collective Sista.

“To draw up this list, which has been published every year for ten years, we can count on an entire ecosystem of Sista volunteers (who are entrepreneurs, investors, etc.). They are the ones who nominate them and the first in the ranking are retained in the list, ”explains the general manager. “It is high time to put women first! »

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

Audrey Bourolleau, 32 years old, is at the head of Hectar, the free agricultural school financed by Xavier Niel and located on an area of ​​2011 hectares in Lévis Saint-Nom, in the Yvelines. In addition to a training unit for agricultural trades and business takeover, it includes a start-up accelerator, associated with the HEC business school. With 160.000 farms which will be resumed in the next three years, the challenge is to help the profession switch to a peaceful relationship with technology.

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

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

Sophie Cahen launched in 2019 the company Ganymed Robotics, at the origin of an innovative technology for surgical assistance in orthopedics. The start-up has chosen to facilitate the complex installation of knee prostheses. After three fundraisers, the young shoot has a team of around twenty people and has filed six patents.

Engineer graduated from CentraleSupélec Paris, the entrepreneur of 32 years has followed an atypical career: after a one-year internship in a financial investment firm, she worked in Amman, Jordan, on behalf of the French Agency for development (AFD). Then she returned to Europe to work in an operational excellence consulting firm, at Avencore… before leaving to manage a travel agency in Iran, with an MBA from Insead in her pocket.

It was on her return to France that she came up with the idea of ​​Ganymed Robotics, notably inspired by a meeting with roboticist Bruno Maisonnier, founder of the start-up Aldebaran, who is now one of her business angels.

3. Charlotte Fanneau, COO at Heuritech

Committed to Heuritech for five years, Charlotte Fanneau, 27 years, is now the COO (chief operating officer) and member of the board of directors. Created in 2012 by two doctoral students in machine learning, this start-up uses image recognition to detect fashion trends emerging on social networks.

A graduate of HEC Paris where she notably followed a digital entrepreneurship program with the school 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 the Middle East.

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

When describing her career, it is her career as a young skier that Delphine Groll evokes: “I am above all an athlete who loves competition”, she told “Les Echos”. In charge of sports for President Nicolas Sarkozy, director of communication for the Au Féminin group for three years, then head of business development at MyLittleParis, it’s in 2018, at 32 years, that she took the head of operations at Nabla, a start-up specializing in the deployment of artificial intelligence technologies.

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

5. Aude Guo, co-founder of Innovafeed

Born in China to engineer parents, Aude Guo landed in Paris at the age of 11 years and launched herself into engineering studies at the Ponts et Chaussées. After a stint in aeronautics at Safran and a few years in the consulting firm McKinsey, she became interested in food. Which led him to co-found, in 2012 , the start-up InnovaFeed.

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

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

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

Initially intending to work in luxury styling, the HEC graduate would “never have thought she had the skills to become an entrepreneur”, confided- she at the “Echos” last September. It is by being passionate about alternative forms of learning that she gave birth to this school project, which recently announced a fundraiser of 3 million euros and intends to open a second campus in Nantes for the start of the school year 2022.

7. Sophia Martin, Partner at Raise Ventures

AT 37 years, Sophia Martin was appointed partner at Raise Ventures last October. The investment company Raise, created in 2013 by Clara Gaymard and Gonzague de Blignières, aims to help large groups work with start-ups. up and ETIs.

Before joining the group as Director of Investments for the “Raise Ventures” part (the Venture Capital activity dedicated to innovative start-ups, which has also obtained 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, she also held an operational position within Amazon’s Retail teams where she was in charge of a supplier portfolio of more than 130 millions of euros.

8. Maya Noël, director of France Digitale

Last October, Maya Noël took the reins of France Digitale. Created in 2012 in the wake of the Pigeons movement (who denounced the increase in corporate taxes), the French association and lobby co-chaired by Frédéric Mazella, president and founder of Blablacar, is the leading start-up organization in Europe.

Franco-Thai from 32 years, Maya Noël had joined the association from 2019, in charge of creating the France Digitale Talent branch dedicated to recruitment in start-ups. A graduate of Toulouse Business School, she devoted herself from the start of her career to the search for new digital talent, first as a headhunter at Mobiskill, then as co-founder of YBorder, an international recruitment platform.

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

Aged 33 years, Fanny Prigent co-founded in 2012 EachOne, a start-up that trains and helps refugees and migrants to find a job in France. Associated with Théo Scubla, founder of Wintegreat, and Maxime Baudet, formerly of Jumia, the entrepreneur first focuses on recruitment issues before expanding her offer to training, in all types of fields. To date, EachOne, which has the status of company with a mission, has enabled 2.03 people to find a job in 27 large groups.

Growing up in Guyana, a “land of migration”, Fanny Prigent has “always been very committed to the subjects of inclusion and diversity”, she tells the “Echos”. On leaving her studies at Sciences Po in 2011, the young woman therefore joined Accenture for five years, specializing in these subjects, then flew to Malaysia to join for two years Urban Refugees, an NGO that aims to improve the lives of refugees.

10. Laura Roguet, VC at Korelya Capital For four years, Laura Roguet has been a principal at Korelya Capital. This venture capital fund – co-founded in 2016 by Fleur Pellerin and supported by the South Korean Internet giant Naver – is the first French structure to have received the Diversity VC label. Behind the fundraising of Devialet, Job Teaser or even Vestiaire Collective, it has set itself the objective of broadening the horizon of European tech by providing start-ups with the capital necessary to their growth and access to Asian markets.

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