StartHer unveils prestigious Jury and guests for the Awards

Just a few days ahead of the main event, it’s time to get down to business! Today we unveil the schedule of the festivities, as well as our distinguished guests at the StartHer Awards 2017: the largest competition for startups (co-) founded by women in Europe, to be held at Station F on October 19th.

An excellent jury and exceptional guests to support our finalists


We are extremely honored to welcome Mounir Mahjoubi, Secretary of State for Digital, and Marlène Schiappa, Secretary of State for Equality between Women and Men, for the closing speech of the StartHer Awards 2017.

We are equally delighted to welcome an international Jury for the occasion:

Jelena Ewart, Growth & FinTech advisor & former NerdWallet General Manager & Evgenia Plotnikova, Senior Associate, Atomico

Sophie Guibaud, VP Europe, Fidor Group & Robin Wauters, Founding Editor,

We are also thrilled to welcome Romain Dillet, journalist at Techcrunch, who will be our Master of Ceremonies. During the evening, he will interview our special guest Victoria Saue, Head of Legal and Compliance for the e-Residency program in Estonia.

Our Program

Doors will open at Station F at 18:30. Don’t be late; the event starts at 19:00 on the Master Stage and our finalists will be ready to pitch, following their afternoon of coaching sessions and rehearsals. The pitches and speeches will take place between 19:00 and 20:30, when the jury will announce the winner. Then it’s time to celebrate at the cocktail party!

The event is now full, but you can register for our waiting list. For those who have signed up for the event but can no longer attend, please free up your spots so that others can use them!

A cool workshop with Datadog, 19 October, 3-4pm!

If you want to get a peek at the world from a developer’s perspective, make sure to sign up for our sponsor Datadog’s workshop. It will take place at Station F, from 15:00-16:00. Spots are free but limited, and a few still remain. For more information and to register, click here!

A record 363 startups from 30 countries

This year, 363 entrepreneurs from 30 European countries applied for the Awards (an increase from 300 startups from 28 countries at the previous edition of the event), and their startups are between 6 and 36 months old; over 60% of them have been in existence for more than one year. Contestants come from the four corners of Europe, as the countries most represented (after France) are the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Romania, and the Netherlands.

Their sectors of activity are also very diverse, with more than twenty covered. The categories most represented are MedTech, HealthTech, HR Tech, EdTech and FinTech. The latter being a category in which there are very few women, we are extremely happy to have received as many applications from women entrepreneurs in FinTech this year and to be able to highlight this during the Awards.

Let’s not forget the prizes for the winner and the rest of the finalists!

StartHer covers travel costs for all of the finalists, who will attend the “50 in Tech” luncheon, organized in partnership with La FrenchTech, on October 19th. Finalists will also have the opportunity to benefit from advice and coaching for the evening’s pitches from VCs and Women Business Angels.

StartHer will award the winner, announced that evening, a prize of €10,000 and RCI Bank and Services will hand out a special prize to one of the FinTech startups among finalists at the Awards. In addition, all finalists will have access to the Microsoft Bizpark program, and to events organized by Microsoft at Station F during the year. Finalists will also receive coaching services from Stripe, as well as tickets to the Slush, SXSW, and WebSummit conferences.

The StartHer Awards would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: MasterCard, RCI Bank and Services, Datadog, and Anaxago, and our partners: Microsoft, Stripe, Station F, Airbnb, Babbler, LaFrenchTech, SXSW, Slush, WebSummit, My Banquet, Women Business Angels, Paris Pionières, Vlam, Forbes, RTL Girls, and Maddyness.



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