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What is Business Woman Award?

The Business Woman Award (BWA) was established in 1972, in the year marking the 200th anniversary of the  Maison Veuve Clicquot, to honor the innovative spirit and the extraordinary accomplishments achieved by Madame Clicquot 1777-1866). She is seen as the forerunner of the modern day female entrepreneur, is highly praised as “La Grand Dame” of the champagne world. Since then, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award has continuously supported business women around the world who share the same innovative spirit as Madame Clicquot. The award has been extended to over 350 women in 27 countries.

Business Woman Award 2019

On Thursday, September 12th, the awarding ceremony for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award was held. The two awardees were announced at the ceremony. Oishi Kanoko is the winner of the Business Woman Award. Mirai Hirano is the winner of the New Generation Award.

Business Woman Award


Entrepreneurial Spirit

As a local business founder/leader, she has succeeded through her pioneering approach, business acumen, dynamism, innovativeness, audacity, and tenacity.

Economic Impact

Through her work and activities, she has made positive economic impact or has the potential to do so.

Social Responsibility of the Company

The company is socially responsible and a sustainable business towards the environment, well-being and diversity of its employees, and its involvements and programs with communities, etc.

Role Model

Ensure development of human resources, power to break ceilings, capacity to motivate others, and relationships created with colleagues/employees, especially women.

Global Nature

The business goes beyond Japan’s borders, and active on a global basis. Has received an international award.

New Generation Award


Entrepreneurial Spirit

Making the most of what’s missing in today’s markets, is the founder of the business and proposes an innovative approach. Demonstrates a bold and courageous approach.


Must demonstrate the capacity to turn creative visions and innovativeness into realistic business models.

Social Responsibility of the Company

Must be involved in operating a responsible and sustainable business through its procurements, community involvement, and partnerships in the industry.


Taking on challenges by moving into a new business area such as in new technologies like AI, and start-ups.

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