Bold by Veuve Clicquot, a program to increase women entrepreneurs’ visibility

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In 2019, the Maison reinforced its support to female entrepreneurs by launching an international program: Bold by Veuve Clicquot.

Bold by Veuve Clicquot is a program designed to help improve inclusion, impact, and visibility. Built through key events across the world all year long, Bold by Veuve Clicquot supports women entrepreneurs and gives them a voice, encouraging future generations to be even more audacious.

Bold, in response to society’s evolution since 1972. The models of women’s success are no longer confined to the business world.

Bold to better understand the personality and strength of these daring women.

Bold to think about inspiration beyond a purely business dimension. To better understand these women with multiple backgrounds and achievements who have become an inspiration for other women in all fields.

An international barometer to understand the obstacles to female entrepreneurship

When the Maison launched this award in 1972, it was a pioneering move. Yet so much remains to be done. We must therefore speak out even louder, move faster, and act. The Maison has always been close to bold women, which is why Veuve Clicquot published its first international barometer on women's entrepreneurship in 2019, to gain a clear vision of the state of women's entrepreneurship, identify the structural and mental barriers to be overcome, and spark public debate. The first edition of this barometer was conducted in 14 countries, with representative samples in each country.

The role of this barometer was also to observe and understand the evolution of women's entrepreneurship over time. This is why the Maison published the second edition of its barometer in 2021, this time conducted in 17 countries, and also exploring the impact of COVID-19 crisis on entrepreneurship.

This barometer is one of the few existing tools to provide a snapshot of the world’s perception regarding women's entrepreneurship. It is built through the eyes of the entire population: women, men, entrepreneurs, and non-entrepreneurs, allowing for a global vision of society in all its complexity.

MADAME CLICQUOT’S BOLD HERITAGE

Veuve Clicquot’s story is one of daring, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. In 1805, Madame Clicquot took the reins of the Maison after the death of her husband, at a time when women could neither work nor hold a bank account.

Before earning the respected title of ‘Grande Dame of champagne’, she had to face countless obstacles. A bold woman with big dreams, she dreamt for her Maison to transcend borders: “I wish my brand to rank first in New York as in Saint Petersburg.” (Madame Clicquot, 1831).

Thus, in 1972, to celebrate its 200th anniversary and pay tribute to this great woman, the Maison created an award - the Bold Woman Award (previously Business Woman Award) – showcasing and rewarding women entrepreneurs who, thanks to their talent, strength, and personality, have built, taken over or developed a business. In 2014, the Maison created the Bold Future Award (previously New Generation Award), to reward the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Since then, over 350 women in 27 countries have been honored by these Awards. Role models in the truest sense, these women and their outstanding careers are a real inspiration.

Criterias

DEMONSTRATE ENTREPRENEURIAL DARING

The candidate must be a woman who founded or has been CEO for more than three years of a company.

The candidate must have made a significant contribution to the success of her company by instilling her sense of entrepreneurship.

REINVENT TRADITIONS WITH SUCCESS

The candidate must have made a tangible contribution to the transformation and evolution of traditional processes in her field, and which have supported growth for at least two years.

MAINTAIN AN ETHICAL APPROACH TO BUSINESS

The candidate must bring values of ethical change to the company and its direct ecosystem, such as improving environmental impact, fostering a supportive work environment and engaging in inclusive social change.

Criterias

DEMONSTRATE ENTREPRENEURIAL DARING

The candidate must have founded or been CEO of a company that has been in existence for less than three years.

The candidate must have made a significant contribution to the success of her company by instilling her sense of entrepreneurship.

REINVENT TRADITIONS WITH SUCCESS

The candidate must have made a significant innovation or a tangible contribution to the transformation of an existing market.

MAINTAIN AN ETHICAL APPROACH TO BUSINESS

The candidate must bring values of ethical change to the company and its direct ecosystem, such as improving environmental impact, fostering a supportive work environment and engaging in inclusive social change.