Veuve Clicquot x Women: Veuve Clicquot unveils results of its first international female entrepreneurship barometer

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Over the years Veuve Clicquot has forged a community of women whose energy and experience nurture and strengthen female talents in the entrepreneurial world. Now the Maison is releasing the results of an international survey that maps out the current state of female entrepreneurship, identifying common prejudices, as well as mental and structural barriers to be addressed and overcome. The complete report was unveiled at the Veuve Clicquot x Women event held on June 11th at 3 Mazarine in Paris. The event continues the conversation with all those avid to encourage a new generation of bold, audacious women.

Madame Clicquot had but a few moments to consider the bold decision she made in 1805 when she took over the family champagne-making enterprise at a time when women were excluded from the world of business. Her fearless audacity remains at the heart of Veuve Clicquot’s DNA today. In homage to her legacy, the Maison created the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award in 1972 and the “Prix Clémentine” New Generation Award in 2014. Since the creation of these awards, Maison Veuve Clicquot has recognized more than 350 women in 27 countries worldwide for their entrepreneurial drive and exceptional accomplishments.

Today Maison Veuve Clicquot is proud to affirm its commitment and embolden successive generations of audacious women who lead. On June 11th, pursuing a conversation that began in 1805 with current day eminent Role Makers, Veuve Clicquot invites women to dare, to be bold, to take the plunge, and thereby contribute to real change in the real world.

At an event presenting the results of its first international women entrepreneurship barometer spanning France, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan and Hong Kong, Veuve Clicquot brought together 18 inspiring women – including Venus Williams, Nora Hamzawi, Axelle Lemaire, Alice Zagury and Camille Morineau – to talk about their journeys and discuss relevant issues. The goal was to create a space where women can share their experiences. Moderated by Lauren Bastide, the discussions highlighted the barriers – sometimes unexpected – that women face when they embark on an entrepreneurial path. Through their compelling first person stories, these Role Makers put forth ideas and solutions for leading change.

Vénus Williams © Veuve Clicquot

In France, 91% of female “wantrepreneurs” feel that women entrepreneurs are inspiring, yet only 12% of women can name a successful female entrepreneur*. To address this, Veuve Clicquot aims to play a lead role and make a concrete contribution to social change.

“We are taking our commitment even further because we want to encourage women to be bold, to affirm their talent and to take the entrepreneurial plunge,” says Jean-Marc Gallot, Chief Executive Officer of Maison Veuve Clicquot. “That’s why we will continue conducting our survey and expand it to new countries.” The objective, he says “is to recognize the women – and men – who take action. The Role Makers, with their wealth of abilities and expertise, inspire and apply their energies to helping women forge their own destinies so that they can in turn inspire the generations to come. And we know that Madame Clicquot would surely approve!”

Follow this link to see the complete survey report:

*Survey conducted by Market Probe with a representative sample of 10,171 persons in five countries. The survey results were analyzed by BETC Corporate.