ELLE US Impact2 Award in New York City

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 ».

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Robbie Myers (L) attends the ELLE U.S. Impact Awards at Hearst Tower on January 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for ELLE)

** 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 :

  • France
  • USA
  • Belgium 
  • Canada
  • India
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • UK

 

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.

ELLE Impact2 Award

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In April 2015, ELLE France and Le Comptoir de l’Innovation co-operated to design and launch the ELLE IMPACT² AWARD, a unique award dedicated to female social entrepreneurship. The first edition took place in France and rewarded a female social entrepreneur during the Impact² ceremony in the Paris City Hall.
This year, for the second edition, the award gets international!
Female entrepreneurs from all around the world will be rewarded and portrayed by ELLE magazine. National competitions will be driven in nine countries: Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, UK and USA.
All the national finalists will meet in Paris in April 2016 for the 5th Impact² Ceremony, and an outstanding award will be granted to one Laureate chosen among them.
Find out more on: http://www.impact2elle.com/

UN GOALS: WHAT WOMEN NEED TO KNOW

ELLE South Africa_July 2015The United Nations fifteen-year development program, launched in 2000, came to a close on Monday 6 of July with the organisation’s final report, and the gender equality results don’t look good.

Find out more on the ELLE South Africa’s website: http://www.elle.co.za/un-goals-what-women-need-to-know/

 

USA: The Agenda ELLE

How 43 women are changing the world for women in 2015

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In celebration of ELLE USA‘s thirtieth anniversary in 2015, is launched its most important initiative yet: a board of 43 female powerhouses who are joining forces to improve the lives of women for the next 30 years. Find out more here: http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/g8812/the-agenda-female-powerhouses/?click=_srch_3

Women in Society: The Happiness Index in Canada

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Are women around the world truly happy? 10 International ELLE editors weigh in on the state of women in societySee more on ELLE Canada’s  website at: http://video.ellecanada.com/3923935897001/ELLE_Women_in_Society_The_Happiness_Index

ELLE Mexico: Working Girls Day

ELLE Mexico launches the first fashion workshop in the country: Working Girls Day!

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On October 3rd 2014, in one of the most emblematic museums of Mexico, the event will bring together experts and women who wants to become outstanding in their work work.

The workshop will cover topics such as “How to convince in 10 minutes”, “Logistics to achieve all your goals” or also “Job coaching”… among others. The ELLE Editors will also give a tutorial called “Make it work”, on how to create the best looks according to different types of jobs.

The event will be accessible to women who have subscribed to a package including a subscription to ELLE magazine, with 3 different offers.

The ELLE Foundation, France

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TO PROMOTE WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’ EDUCATION
ALL AROUND THE WORLD

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“The history of ELLE is a story of women.

Fighting for their place, defending their rights and asserting their role in society… These values have been the fundamental goals pursued by the magazine’s founder, Hélène Lazareff.

The ELLE Foundation, created in 2004 by the Lagardère Active Group in France, reflects those exalted objectives, still relevant today as they were in the past, by pursuing them beyond the pages of our magazine and editorial columns.

There is a relationship between us and our readers that does not stop at words or ideas, but which continues to be made, whenever and wherever we are able to encourage the emancipation of women.”

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For women’s and girls emancipation through education

“Educating girls is the basis for progress in our modern societies. Education has taught us to respect ourselves as well as others, to take charge of our lives and defend our values. Through the ELLE Foundation, we wish to further these values and offer them to women who need them the most all around the world.” These were Valérie Toranian’s words when she announced the creation of the ELLE Foundation.

The ELLE Foundation is headed by an Executive Board, which ascertains the strategy and development of the foundation. Valérie Toranian, ELLE Editor in chief, is the President of the foundation. Karine Guldemann, Chief representative, and Chloé Freoa, Projects Manager, daily runs the ELLE Foundation.

It provides funding for projects submitted by NGOs. The projects have to be approved by an Executive Committee that is convened twice a year to select suitable projects. Geographical criteria are not the main issue and the Foundation tries, as far as possible, to work with one partner in each country. The geographical areas are chosen according to the political, social and economical contexts. The projects are selected with regards to their specificity and innovative quality.

It supports all programs aiming to increasing the independence of mothers through informal education, vocational training and social rehabilitation. It supports all initiatives that enable them to send their daughters to school.

It promotes the creation of information networks and tools for women.

It primarily focuses its action in countries where educating girls is the key to long-term economic growth. Among its projects, ELLE Solidarité Mode : An annual national contest which allows three female students from French underprivileged territories to undertake fashion design studies in Paris.

An other one is ROZ, implemented by Afghanistan Libre. Since its creation in 2002, the ELLE Foundation supports the publication and the development of one of the very first Afghan women’s magazine. Nearly 10 years after its birth, the ELLE Foundation supports more than 60 programs implemented by international NGOs, in almost 25 countries.

Contacts :
Karine Guldemann, and Chloé Freoa
Karine.guldemann@lagardere-active.com
Chloe.freoa@lagardere-active.com
Tel. + 33 1 41 34 74 18
http://www.ellefondation.org