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BOLD by Veuve Clicquot is Celebrating Bold Female Entrepreneurs

BOLD by Veuve Clicquot

BOLD by Veuve Clicquot aims to uplift female entrepreneurs and inspire a future of inclusion and impact. 

The new program is an evolution of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award (BWA), which has celebrated and honoured 350 women in business over the last 50 years. Former winners include hotelier Christiane Germain, beauty visionary Lise Watier, restaurateur Cora Tsouflidou, and Claudia Sjoberg, founder and president of Pedalheads Group.

Like the former BWA, the BOLD Woman Awards by Veuve Clicquot will continue to act as a tribute to the brand’s founder, Madame Clicquot, who demonstrated great courage and strength of will when she took hold of the House after the death of her husband in 1805. At the time, a woman was not allowed to work or hold a bank account. BOLD by Veuve Clicquot will recognize women with the same bold, tenacious spirit.

“Our mission is to empower female entrepreneurs and to identify the role models of today and tomorrow,” said Alexis de Calonne, managing director of Moët Hennessy Canada. “BOLD by Veuve Clicquot recognizes trailblazing women who embody our founder’s entrepreneurial spirit, courage and business savoir-faire.”

While there are many female entrepreneurs to be celebrate, findings from Veuve Clicquot’s very first International Women Entrepreneurship Barometer displayed a grim reality for many female entrepreneurs around the world: more women than men believed that their success came from luck instead of hard work, and the majority of respondents didn’t believe that “being an entrepreneur is a wonderful experience overall.”

To change the narrative of what it means to be a female entrepreneur, the House decided to enhance the importance of female entrepreneurship by celebrating success stories and amplifying females who are making positive, bold change.

Redesigned for more inclusion and international visibility, the Bold Woman Award and Bold Future Award is open to females, aged 25 years and above, who meet defined criteria and whose daring, enterprising and indefatigable approach to business has directly impacted its success. Up to five finalists in each category will be selected by a jury and will be invited to attend The BOLD Woman Award ceremony where one laureate in each of the categories will be designated by a grand jury.

Each laureate will receive a Veuve Clicquot-inspired award and will travel to Reims, France for a three-day immersion in the history, tradition, and luxury of Maison Veuve Clicquot.

If you are a bold female entrepreneur, consider applying. BOLD by Veuve Clicquot nominations are open in Canada until December 31, 2020. Read the criteria below to find out if you qualify:

Bold Woman Award

Demonstrate Entrepreneurial Daring

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

Bold Future Award

Demonstrate Entrepreneurial Daring

  • The candidate must be a woman who founded or has been CEO of a company that has been in existence for less than three years and is headquartered in Canada.
  • The candidate must have made a significant contribution to the success of her company by instilling her sense of entrepreneurship and must have generated significant growth in the previous year of operation.

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.