They are builders, creators, managers. They not only launch kickass projects in their own work but lift others up over the trail that they blaze. In honour of Women’s Day, we have invited 6 inspiring women from the STATION F community and ecosystem friends to join us in our Monthly Facebook Live, hosted by our very own Roxanne Varza.
Founder & CEO of Future Tech Lab
Miroslava (or just, Mira) Duma is the CEO and Founder of Future Tech Lab, a unique venture that works with the most promising start-ups that have the potential to lead the transition of the $3T fashion and apparel industries towards a more sustainable future by maximizing the positive impact of innovation in science and technology.
A digital entrepreneur, philanthropist and active investor across a range of promising businesses including digital media, technology and responsible fashion, Mira is the founder of several innovative ventures. Named as World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (YGL), Class of 2018, Mira is continuously recognized for her professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through her leadership.
What’s one piece of advice to succeed in entrepreneurship?
I believe in working smart, not hard — there is a huge difference! And I always quote Churchill who said that success is going from failure to failure, without the loss of enthusiasm.
Founder & CEO, OneRagtime
Stéphanie Hospital is the CEO and Founder of OneRagtime, the venture platform, which backs early-stage start-ups in Europe with a community of over 500 investors. To name a few, their investments include Jellysmack, Gestoos, onoff, Phantombuster and most recently Antescofo from the Founders Program!
Formerly Executive Director at Dailymotion, Vice Chairman for IAB Europe, Stephanie was also the Executive Vice President of Orange Digital, leading the Digital & New Growth Business unit. She has extensive international and management experience in the digital sector with a proven track record in setting up and growing new ventures, investing, building best-in-class teams and forming international partnerships.
Stephanie’s advice to succeed in entrepreneurship:
Just dare, believe in yourself, be resilient, positive and work hard; the harder you work, the more luck you will have.
Founder of Recast.AI
Formerly in the Microsoft AI Factory at STATION F! At 26 years old, Jasmine Anteunis is the co-founder and Product Owner of SAP Conversational AI (previously Recast.AI), artificial intelligence startup acquired by SAP in 2018, focusing on language automation and bots. After extensive artistic studies at the Beaux-Arts, Jasmine joined the first promotion of 42, school founded by Xavier Niel on an innovative education model. She founded Recast.AI with 3 other co-founders in September 2015. She is now in charge of providing a bot building platform allowing customer support automation for major corporations around the world.
Named one of the 50 women in tech in 2018 by Forbes, Jasmine has been a strong figure of entrepreneurship and technology since the beginning of her career.
From her experience, Jasmine shares that succeeding in entrepreneurship:
It’s about one thing: people. Build a passionate and “top gun” team that believes in the same values and shared the same vision. You can accomplish everything if you succeed in this challenge.
Founder of Fair Makers
Sanaa just joined the latest batch in STATION F Founders Program with her startup Fair Makers — an intelligent platform that ensures regular controls on safety and labour working conditions in manufactories worldwide.
Sanaa has lived multiple lives prior to launching her own startup: from architecture and urban planning to asset management in investment, she has worked on important projects like the Grand Paris initiative. In her latest involvement with sustainable textile sourcing, Sanaa led Zero Waste events in Paris with 10k+ attendees over 2 years, a project that drove her to launch Fair Makers today.
Entrepreneurship is a rollercoaster of ups-and-downs on a daily basis. Whatever may come your way, remember to look far, far ahead and keep your end-goal in mind.
Director, La French Tech
Kat leads the French Tech Mission, a government-led taskforce built to bolster France as a country where tech startups can start, scale and succeed in companies that make sense for the future.
She co-founded Five by Five, a boutique consultancy that builds innovation teams inside organizations of all stripes, ranging from the World Bank to Google. In a previous life, Kat was the Techstars Entrepreneur-in-residence, Director of the Open Data Institute Paris, a Google product strategy expert, communication strategist at the United Nations and member of the French government’s first Open Data Expert Committee.
General Manager France, Entrepreneur First (EF)
Coralie piloted the Paris office for Entrepreneur First in France. At EF, her mission is to invest in top technical talent to help them create deep tech startups from scratch. She joined EF from McKinsey & Company, where she was an Engagement Manager, after previously starting her own company and working as a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, a leading U.S. law firm. Coralie was educated at Sciences Po Paris, Wharton and Harvard Law School and is a member of the New York Bar. She rides her horse 4 times a week and competes in eventing and showjumping.
Now, what advice does the head of a talent accelerator have for entrepreneurs?
Be a honey badger. Honey badgers are small but fearless animals who have been known to attack buffalo and lions (including by biting their testicles off). Entrepreneurs have to be honey badgers and go out of their comfort zone to do things that would sound impossible to most normal people.
Channel your inner honey badger and don’t forget to tune in on Facebook or Instagram on March 8th at 12PM CET to meet these women and ask them all your questions.