Maison Veuve Clicquot celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Bold Woman Award at the Olympia

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During an exceptional evening at the Olympia, in Paris, Maison Veuve Clicquot celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Bold Woman Award, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscar-winner actress and founder of goop, a lifestyle and cosmetics brand. The ceremony was the occasion to give the Bold Woman Award to Véra Kempf and the Bold Future Award to Julie Davico-Pahin, and to announce the launch of a new project, the Bold Open Data Base.

Created in 1972, in honor of Madame Clicquot, a trailblazing woman, with great audacity, creativity and fighting spirit, BOLD is a community of 450 female award-winners, from 27 countries. The Maison is the first of its kind to have created and federated an international community of committed female entrepreneurs, who stand shoulder to shoulder and fight for more inclusiveness, impact, and visibility.  All of them are Role Models who stand out for their audacity. By putting them in the spotlight, Veuve Clicquot hopes to inspire and encourage women to embark on the bold and beautiful adventure of entrepreneurship.

Gwyneth Paltrow, a great Role Model, shared her entrepreneurial story with the 1,500 guests at the Olympia, and stressed the importance of having supportive people around you. “The journey of an entrepreneur is full of highs and lows. […] We all have the strength within us to surpass our own fears and find success. Boldness goes a long way, but I believe that what’s crucial in the journey of an entrepreneur is the people around you. […] It’s important to cultivate your own personal board, and to do that for others along the way.”

“During this exceptional evening, we’ve celebrated the audacity of incredible women” says Jean-Marc Gallot, President of Maison Veuve Clicquot”. During the 50th edition, Véra Kempf and Julie Davico-Pahin joined the Bold Community by Veuve Clicquot:

  • Véra Kempf wins the 50th Bold Woman Award with SINGULART, an online contemporary art, and design gallery that disrupts the codes of the traditional art market. Putting diversity, inclusion, and transparency at the heart of her business model, together with a sincere ambition to help contemporary artists and designers get their work out into the world.
  • Julie Davico-Pahin wins the 50th Bold Future Award with Ombrea. The start-up uses IA-based technology to adapt the quantity of light received by plants growing in an open field environment. Ombrea is developing a revolutionary solution to protect field crops from the vagaries of weather.

As a 50th anniversary surprise, the Maison revealed that it was launching an unprecedented and concrete tool to break down the cultural and geographic borders of female entrepreneurship: THE BOLD OPEN DATA BASE. It becomes the first global open database to list and make visible all the women entrepreneurs on the planet. This free database was created using technology and data science. Its objective is to increase the visibility of all women entrepreneurs, and promote a better understanding of female entrepreneurship, across the world.

Other initiatives will continue to be rolled out, namely les Rencontres Audacieuses, the SistaxBold program, Bold Diner, and Bold Conversation.