You could almost hear the sound of crickets – but only because crickets were the winning ingredient in the genius behind the business honored with the « ELLE Impact2 Award »**. Presented in NYC on January 26th by ELLE US, along with Le Comptoir de l’Innovation and CALSO, the award aims to help a female entrepreneur’s business grow.
Rose Wang, CEO of Six Foods, took home this first-ever award in the US, after having presented her project to the jury along with three other projects (Atikus, a micro finance firm that facilitates loans to underserved people around the world; JadeTribe, a handmade handbag maker; Water Collective, a water conservancy company).
After the remaining 8 participating editions of ELLE present their awards nationally, Ms. Wang and the 8 other finalists will meet in Paris to compete for the grand prize at IMPACT2, an international event on social entrepreneurship, on April 7th, 2016.
Until then, and as quoted by Rose Wang, « Bug Appétit ».
** ELLE Impact2 for Women : An International Award for Female Social Entrepreneurship
9 editions of ELLE along with the investment firm Le Comptoir de l’Innovation have joined forces to promote women entrepreneurs. Each of the editions will be holding a local competition to award one woman-led business or a business dedicated to female empowerment. The 9 semi-finalists will come to Paris to compete for the final grand prize, the “ELLE Impact2 Award” at the IMPACT2 ceremony on April 7th, 2016.
The award is aimed at encouraging and supporting effectively a :
- woman-led or female-empowerment dedicated entreprise
- viable business model
- social entreprise that is bringing innovative solutions to major social, societal and environmental issues
- social entreprise in launch phase or pre-development stage (in test period having convinced a number of customers, OR the service or product has already been sold but entreprise has growth potential.
The participating ELLE editions (listed below) will lend their support by covering the projects editorially and providing mentoring to the winners :
- South Africa
Here is a ‘Who’s Who’…
Le Comptoir de l’Innovation
One of the leading social investment companies operating in France and the US, promoting and investing in the development of social enterprises worldwide.
Impact2 – through the Comptoir de l’Innovation, the Impact2 Forum is a cycle of international events engaging business leaders, policymakers and financial institutions dedicated to the promotion of social entrepreneurship worldwide. For the last 4 years, the Comptoir de l’Innovation has gathered more than 1500 decision makers from more than 50 countries in City Hall of Paris.