Female Founder Challenge

Let's raise the bar!

Looking back at the 2021

Female Founder Challenge


The winner of the 2021 Female Founder Challenge was DFNS, a startup specialized in cybersecurity for cryptocurrency, it is an API for digital asset security. DFNS has raised a total of  $14.6 million in funding over 2 rounds, led by Definitive Capital and Hashed.

"VivaTech allowed me to not only meet my mentor, Claire Calmejane, who later put me in touch with the right people for my fundraising, but also to establish credibility with investors.”

Clarisse Hagège, Founder of DFNS


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Jury Members in 2021



We are proud to partner with world-class VC funds that make up this prestigious jury.



Rania Belkahia
EQT Ventures, France

Ezechi Britton
Impact X Capital, UK

Benoist Grossmann
Idinvest Partners, France


Mélanie Hayes
Bethnal Green Ventures, UK

Cayetana Hurtado
Balderton Capital, France

Alex Kayyal
Salesforce Ventures, UK



Didier Lallemand
Societe Generale Ventures, France

Sébastien Loubry
AXA Venture Partners (AVP), France


Sarah Nöckel
Northzone, UK


Fleur Pellerin
Korelya Capital, France

Jean de La Rochebrochard
Kima Ventures, France

Laura Salesse
Eight Roads Ventures, UK

Henrik Wetter Sanchez
Playfair Capital, UK