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On November 14th Veuve Clicquot presented the Bold Woman Award – previously known as the Business Woman Award – to Chrystèle Gimaret, Founder and CEO of Artupox International. The Bold Future Award – previously known as the Prix Clémentine – went to Julie Chapon, Cofounder of Yuka. The Maison also presented the Bold Champion Award – an honorary award created this year to recognize men who encourage better representation and consideration for women in society through concrete actions – to Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po university. Hosted by China Moses, the awards ceremony at 3 Mazarine in Paris was attended by numerous personalities from the business, culture, investment and startup communities, as well as previous Veuve Clicquot award winners.
In 1805, following the untimely death of her husband, Madame Clicquot belied the conventions of the day by taking over the reins of the family business. She introduced some of the most important innovations in champagne making, including the riddling table, and created the first blend of rosé champagne.
To pay homage to her memory, in 1972 Veuve Clicquot created the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award. This pioneering and widely acclaimed award each year recognizes women who have founded, taken over or developed a business. In 2014 it was joined by the New Generation Award (Prix Clémentine, named after Madame Clicquot’s daughter), which honors women who the Maison sees as emblematic of the future generation of business women.
Recognizing that models of successful women are also found beyond the world of business, Veuve Clicquot has rethought the ways it seeks to support women entrepreneurs with the creation of the Bold by Veuve Clicquot program. The program features high-profile events around the world throughout the year, revolving around the Bold Woman Award, previously known as the Business Woman Award (Prix Veuve Clicquot de la Femme d’Affaires), and the Bold Future Award, previously the Prix Clémentine.
This year the Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award was presented to Chrystèle Gimaret, Founder and CEO of Artupox International. A firm believer that businesses have environmental and social responsibilities, this seasoned business leader created her company in 2005 to offer ecologically-friendly cleaning services with a B2B model.
Julie Chapon, winner of the Bold Future Award, is the Cofounder of Yuka, an application that enables consumers to scan food and cosmetics projects to find out the ingredients. Launched in 2017, the application was an instant hit and currently counts some 14 million users.
Inspired by the philosophy of the Bold by Veuve Clicquot program, which was created to promote greater inclusion, the Maison innovated this year by honoring a man who supports women leaders by heightening the visibility of their initiatives. The first Bold Champion Award was presented to Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po.
Congratulations to the three winners and all of the finalists!