Welcome to 2018 and the fifth annual edition of StartHer’s list of women to follow! Each year, we highlight 10 women to keep an eye on in the coming months, all of whom have made significant contributions to the world of entrepreneurship. We also want to shed light on newcomers and those less visible, and never feature the same women twice. You can check out our lists from previous years here (2014, 2015, 2016 et 2017)!
Co-founder & CEO, Novagray
We’ll kick off this year with the 27-year-old who stunned our jury and won the StartHer Awards grand prize last year. Clémence Franc co-founded Novagray, a startup based in Montpellier, which develops personalized radiation treatments. MIT also named Clémence on its list of Innovators Under 35.
For the past nearly two years, Joséphine Goube has been heading up global non-profit TechFugees, one of the rare organizations helping refugees through tech. The first Techfugees Global Summit took place in Paris this year. At 29 years old, Forbes has already named her on its 30 Under 30 list for two years in a row.
Co-founder, Hardware Club
Passionate about hardware and robotics, Barbara Belvisi co-founded Hardware Club. This hybrid fund raised 25 million euros last year, and has already helped to develop startups such as Lima, Aryballe, and Reach Robotics.
Co-founder, Meet My Mama
Loubna Ksibi co-founded her own startup Meet My Mama, and she also created Startup Banlieue, an initiative aimed at encouraging future entrepreneurs in the Parisian suburbs.
Founder, Startup for Kids
Founder of her own startup Scientibox, Sharon Sofer is passionate about encouraging entrepreneurship for children. She created Startup for Kids, an initiative to help kids discover entrepreneurship and to innovate on their own.
With an atypical profile, Jasmine Anteunis attended Ecole 42 – coding school – before co-founding her own startup, Recast.ai. The company, specialized in chatbots, has raised 2 million euros and joined Microsoft’s program for artificial intelligence at Station F last year.
Clara Gaymard has had an exceptional career. Former Director for France at General Electric, she is now a co-founder of the RAISE fund. In September, they announced the launch of RAISE Venture, which aims to raise 100 million euros to support startups in France and throughout Europe.
Co-founder & CEO, Damae Medical
At 24 years old, Anais Barut is already the co-founder and CEO of Damae Medical. Her startup has developed a device that can detect cancers in a non-invasive way.
Co-founder & CEO, Wild Code School
Passionate about tech and education, Anna Stépanoff is the co-founder of a school for the next generation. Originally from Belarus, she created Wild Code School, which specializes in teaching digital skills using a hybrid pedagogical method.
Co-founder & CEO, Epicery
In 2016, Elsa Hermal co-founded Epicery, an application that allows you to order from local food merchants and have their fresh products delivered to you within the hour. Nearly one year later, the startup has already raised two rounds of funding, including from Monoprix. They have great things ahead of them!