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Prize History

In 1805, a entrepreneurship-world pioneer, Madame Clicquot upset the codes of her time. Following her husband’s passing, Madame Clicquot became legally independent and received, aged 27, the right to take up the Clicquot Maison, established in 1772. With courage, rigor and drive, and “only one quality, the finest” as motto, she addressed one challenge after the other, turning her champagne house into a global and successful house.

Created in 1972, for the bicentenary of the Maison, the The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award and New Generation Award pay tribute to Madame Clicquot and celebrate the success of business women worldwide who have the same inspirational qualities as her. Since its creation, the prize has now recognized over 350 women in 27 different countries.

3 categories

Business Woman Award
Launched in 1972 for Veuve Clicquot’s bicentennial, the Business Woman Award annually rewards exceptional women in entrepreneurship for their success, may the latter be related to innovation, a vision of responsibility in business or an exceptional economic performance.

New Generation Award
Since 2013, the New Generation Award – named after Mrs. Clicquot’s daughter – rewards all those that represent the future generation of audacious women in entrepreneurship.

Social Purpose
The Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Award celebrates business women that place social purpose at the heart of their company, non profit organisation or social enterprise and as a result have a positive impact on society.

Last winners

Sarah Lavoine

Sarah Lavoine

France
Winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business woman awards 2017
Bénédicte de Raphélis Soissan

Bénédicte de Raphélis Soissan

France
Winner of the Veuve Clicquot Prix Clémentine 2017
Alice Bentinck

Alice Bentinck

United Kingdom
Winner of the Veuve Clicquot Prix Clémentine 2017

Business Woman Award

Criterias

Entrepreneurship:

The nominee needs to not only embrace an entrepreneurial spirit but also cultivate it within her organisation.

Leadership:

The nominee needs to be the driving force of the company, taking bold decisions for its current and future success.

Role Model:

The nominee needs to set an example within her company and wider society.

New Generation Award

Criterias

Creative Vision:

The nominee must be a game-changer in their industry or field.

Entrepreneurship:

From idea to creation, the nominee must be the instigator of the innovation and the driving force of its implementation.

Pioneer:

The nominee needs to transform an innovation into a viable business model.

Social Purpose

Criterias

Social Mission:

The core mission of the company is to have a positive impact on society which is driven by the nominee.

Entrepreneurship:

The nominee needs to showcase an entrepreneurial approach to the implementation of their organisation’s social mission.

Viability:

The organisation needs to be running successfully for at least five years.

Business Woman Award