#WER Paris

Application deadline: not confirmed

26th – 27th March 2020

To be confirmed

The Women in Entrepreneurship Roadshow is a project conceived by the European Young Innovators Forum, one of the leading organisation for youth innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe. WER is a non-profit project powered by the United States Mission to the European Union, Startup Europe, the European Commission and Amazon and its aim is to support and empower women entrepreneurs. The Roadshow consists of a series of 10 events across Europe with the goal of connecting 300 women entrepreneurs with 30 VCs and top players in the European and the US ecosystem in order to facilitate access to finance. The short term goal is to connect entrepreneurs with VCs and ecosystem builders and business angels and identify the main challenges women entrepreneurs face when accessing finance through workshops. The long term goal is to produce a report with our findings to present to the European Union with policy recommendations.

The aim of the workshops is to connect women entrepreneurs with VCs and business angels. During the workshops, VCs will have a chance to share some insights into the venture capital world, share advice and create connections with the WER entrepreneurs. For the WER entrepreneurs, this is a chance to meet the local, European and US entrepreneurial ecosystem, an opportunity to network with mentors, pose questions about your challenges and present your projects. For more information please see the agenda below.

This is an invitation only event


18.30 – 20.30 – Cocktail reception.


9.00-9:30 | Welcome and overview of the agenda

9:30-9:40 |  Introductory remarks

9:40 – 11.00 | Investors panel

11:00 – 11:30| Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30| Conversation between entrepreneurs and VCs

12:30 – 13:30 | Lunch

13:30- 15:00 | Speed Mentoring Sessions

15:00 – 15:30 – l Closing Remarks.


The #WER events in Paris is organized with the support of the US Embassy and in collaboration with the local partners.

As a main parner in the project, Amazon will offer to each confirmed participant:

$10.000 of AWS promotional credits valid for 2 years

$5.000 of AWS Business Support

$1.600 of AWS Training

Application timeline

To be confirmed…


Nicholas Zylberglajt // President of EYIF

Nicholas is the Co-Founder of the European Young Innovators Forum, the leading foundation for Youth Innovation in Europe. He also co-founded EU Startup Services, EYIF’s consulting company aimed at supporting European startups to secure EU funding having supported more than 1350 Startups in more than 20 EU countries.

Marion Aubry // Investment Director of Bpifrance

Marion joined Bpifrance Digital Venture team as an Investment Director in 2014, after working for 15 years at Seventure Partners.

She sits on the board of several SaaS companies : iAdvize (conversational platform), Easyrecrue (talent experience platform), Pitchy (video editing software) as well as deeptech companies : Intercloud (Software-Defined Cloud Interconnect platform), Scintil Photonics (silicon photonics).

Clara Juppé // Analyst Aster

Clara joined Aster as an Analyst in June 2019. Prior to that, she gained experience in Seed Investment at Demeter, where she focused on the Smart City and Energy sectors. Clara holds a Master in Management from HEC Paris, where she specialized in Technology and Innovation. In July 2019, she participated to the creation of a network of French female investors that further became SISTA VC, aiming to promote diversity within Investment teams.

Juliette Mariani // 360 Capital

Juliette joined 360 Capital in 2018 as Head of Business Development and Investor Relations. She focuses on nurturing the growth of portfolio companies and managing key partnerships with corporate LPs. In addition, she is strongly involved in the fundraising efforts for the next generations of 360 funds.
After a five-year experience with luxury goods brand Loro Piana (LVMH) in Milan, she decided to pursue an MBA in New York.
Juliette holds a double Masters degree from Sciences Po Paris and Università Bocconi in finance, economics and management of international organisations, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.


Audra Shallal

Audra Shallal // Expert in Women Entrepreneurship and Angel Investment in the EMEA region

Audra is an expert in Women Entrepreneurship and Angel Investment in the EMEA region. She promotes Entrepreneurship and Angel Investing through Programs, Mentoring, Business Plan Competitions, Business Angel Networks and Women Economic Empowerment within the EU and MENA region. She consults for international organisations such as OECD, UNEP, UNIDO and the European Commission. She teaches courses on Entrepreneurship to the Grandes Ecoles such as ENSCP, X, ParisTech, CELSA. She also sits on the board of several Angel Networks such as EBAN, NFBAN, BAdGE, and Tenmou; Chair and founder of the Women Leadership Mentoring Program and Pitch4Growth Taskforce with American Chamber of Commerce France; Mentor for thecamp, Open Accelerator, CBFW, TechTour, EEN and several other accelerators, Jury Member for Startup Pitches and Competitions, Past Vice-President of Femmes Business Angels and American Club of Paris; On-site Speech, Webinars, 1-1 Online Mentoring, Vice-President of Escrime ParisNord,

Personal Interests: Former Professional Classical Ballet Dancer, Competitor – Equestrian Riding CSO, Fencing Fleuret and Classical Piano; Mécène and Jury Member Paris Opera Ballet, Autism Awareness Initiatives

Sarah Huet

Sarah Huet // General Manager Partech Shaker Sarah has a background in finance and began her career in Big 4 Consulting firms (KPMG & Deloitte), she then move into an international position, while joining Thales as Group Internal Auditor, before moving to international operations with a focus on emerging countries. After successful launch of Thales worldwide performance plan, she joined LVMH as a senior position in Internal Audit. She made a 360 internal move at LVMH by joining the newly created Group Digital department in charge of transformation initiatives for the Maisons as well as startups & ecosystem partnerships. After 2.5 years she decided to join Partech, one of the main European investment fund to manage its Paris Innovation Campus and taking lead of support initiatives for portfolio.

Jorge Munoz

Jorge Muñoz // WER Director

He has a strong background in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations having worked in different European countries such as the UK, France, Belgium and Spain. He is the current Director for Marketing and Communications at Unmanned Life, Jorge was a Key Account Manager at one of the world leading advertising agencies, Saatchi & Saatchi, from Publicis Media Group, where he was responsible for key accounts across different B2C and B2B fields coordinating the work of different departments such as Art Direction, Design, Finance and Executive. He has managed multi-million euro and international campaigns for top Brands such as Nestlé, Nespresso, Perrier, San Pellegrino, Lexus, among others.

Dider Boullery // IBM European Innovation Manager

Didier graduated from the International Business School: ESSEC (École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) specializing in IT and Finance, followed by 36 years of IBM experience, as a dynamic leader driving innovation at IBM global level, sponsored by the IBM CIO function. His scope covers the full cycle of innovation from the idea generation to the pilot implementation, nurturing breakthrough with collaboration and social networks. He simultaneously leads several initiatives and ensures consistency with worldwide strategies and internal functions/divisions which are impacted by proposed changes. The core challenge is to involve as many IBMers as possible and get their thoughts pushed forward to the appropriate Business Units.

Key goals: supply chain productivity and integration and sales enablement. Recently set up global crowdfunding inside IBM, leveraging the intelligence and decisions of hundreds of thousands of employees to invest in best projects.

Specialties: Global strategy, roadmap execution, relationship with Trading Partners and start-ups, innovation and collaboration, new technology validation, crowdfunding, motivation of technical staff working on the solutions.

In parallel, he leads ESSEC Alumni Business Angels as co-president in partnership with Paris Business Angels.

During his career, Didier has directed the IBM Global Business Integration (Business-to-Business Process Transformation), in charge of e-business integration with Web forms, Excel upload, EDI, B2B with XML, Ariba/RosettaNet and Web Services for customers and business partners worldwide. He has also held various management positions in the sales support area.


Léa Martel // Startup & Corporate Innovation Strategist

Lea is passionate by the dynamics of change and transformation.
She started her professional journey in the Web industry working 7 years at Yahoo in France. She developed strong skills in Online Communication, Content Marketing and Social Media and got a sense of how the Web was reshaping the media industry and…the world as a whole with many startups shaking the status quo and inventing new models.

Today, she navigates between the startup and corporate worlds with the will to help startups to grow and big corporations to transform themselves.

She has mentored many startups on their online communication strategy with a focus on driving brand awareness and lead generation and worked with big corporations such as L’Oréal, Disneyland Paris, Unilever or Macif to help them restore their entrepreneurial spirit to foster innovation, generate new revenus and drive a cultural shift.

She has mentored 200+ entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs through their journey to bring new businesses to the market using methods such as Design Thinking and the Lean Startup. She is also a certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®‎ facilitator and a Sprint Master.

Arbia Smiti// Serial Technology Entrepreneur

Arbia is a serial entrepreneur from Paris. In 2011, she founded Carnet de Mode as the 1st international Marketplace for more than 2500 exclusive brands and emerging designers, and sold it to a French industrial group at the end of 2017.

She is now launching her second startup, Rosaly, a Fintech for good, that improves employees’ financial well-being by helping them manage their budget wisely and allowing them to stream their earned wages into their accounts through an instant app.

She also mentors dozens of tech startups in France (AI, Blockchain, E-commerce, Mobility, AR, Fintech etc.) through Techstars, Wilco, 212Founders, Station F, to name a few.

Arbia is also a delegate of G20 Entrepreneur Summit in Moscow, Sydney, Istanbul, Beijing, Berlin and Buenos Aires (2013 to 2018) and an active member of France Digitale, Croissance Plus, The Galion Project, Citizen Entrepreneurs, to name a few. She is also a French Tech Ambassador, Co-president of the selection Jury of French tech Ticket 2016 and 2017 and a selection Jury member @ Station F, Wilco and Techstars.

Mélissa Sanchot // Founder at Bonjour Louise and Business mentor/Marketing and Operations

Melissa started her career by creating the first fair trade and organic food concept in Paris. She then spent 10 years between Paris and NYC, contributing to the success of famous startups such as Uber, Placemeter (aquired by Netgear) and MakeMeReach (aquired by Perion). She has a strong background in marketing and operations. She regularly mentors young founders to help them challenge their product market fit, scale their startups and expand it to the US market.

Pauline Pham // Vice President of Growth & Strategy Five by Five

Pauline is VP of Growth & Strategy at Five by Five. Pauline helps large companies to create new businesses and to develop a tech culture internally. Prior to Five by Five, she honed her expertise in startup ecosystems & transformation when she launched the open Innovation initiative for financial services at Deloitte in 2015 – a program co-designed with the VC firm 500 startups. Committed to bettering the Parisian tech ecosystem, she is the co-director of StartHer, a leading association promoting inclusion in technology. She is also a keynote speaker for @Vivatech @HubBpiFrance @APIDays or @NordicAPIS, on platform models, innovation culture and technological inclusion, as well as a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris.

Victoire Laurenty // VC Kerala Ventures

Victoire is involved in the full Kerala scope from dealflow to direct support to participations; board seat, operational and hiring support etc.

She develops and supervises Kerala Recruitments networks and platforms that include among others First20.club and the Kerala founders network.

At L.E.K. Victoire executed strategic due diligences for various private equity funds and several corporate strategy assignments.
At Ardian Growth, Victoire has participated to 5 deals and reinvestments in the digital and IT sector including Planiware, Clever Age, TabMo and Uptoo. Victoire graduated from Telecom Paristech, and holds a MSc in Applied Mathematics from the London School of Economics.