High-Impact Entrepreneurship

Veuve Clicquot to present the first High-Impact Female Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit

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Premium champagne house Veuve Clicquot today announced its inaugural “High-Impact Female Entrepreneur of the Year” award, to be bestowed to one female Endeavor Entrepreneur. VSP Capital Founder and San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Joanna Rees will present the award during Endeavor Global’s 2011 Summit on Entrepreneurship. The winning nominee will be recognized for serving as a female role model in her country, as well as for her positive impact on the economy through job and revenue creation.

A leading supporter of female entrepreneurship worldwide, through 39 years of Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards in over 25 countries, the champagne powerhouse was originally founded by Philippe Clicquot. But it was his daughter-in-law, upon her widowhood (Veuve, in French), who, during the first half of the nineteenth century, brought renown to the brand by distributing it throughout the European royal courts while dramatically modernizing the production process, a true example of an early – the first – female entrepreneur.

Award presenter Joanna Rees is a Board Member of Endeavor Global, the leader of High-Impact Entrepreneurship worldwide. To date, Endeavor supports 603 entrepreneurs, 63 of whom are female. Joanna said that due to its iconic origins, Veuve Clicquot is an ideal partner for Endeavor. “As a female entrepreneur who loves working with female entrepreneurs, it gives me great pleasure to work with a company that shares a similar history and value system.”

The award nominees will come together with leading businesswomen and entrepreneurs from the Bay Area during the 2011 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit to celebrate female entrepreneurship. This networking breakfast will take place on Wednesday, June 29th, 8:00am – 9:00am at the Westin St. Francis. The breakfast will bring together leading women visionaries and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley & Endeavor including Vanessa Kay, President of Veuve Clicquot US; and Linda Rottenberg, Co-founder & CEO, Endeavor.

The nominees for the “High-Impact Female Entrepreneur of the Year” award are:
Aytül Erçil– Founder of automated systems company Vistek, Turkey
Maristela Mafei: Founder of public relations agency Máquina de Notícia, Brazil
Cheryl Nesbitt: Founder of culinary education company Capsicum, South Africa
Ximena Patiño: Co-founder of geographic information systems (GIS) applications provider Servinformación, Colombia
Leila Velez: Co-founder of hair salon chain Beleza Natural, Brazil
Hind & Nadia Wassef: Co-founders of Egyptian bookstore chain Diwan, Egypt

For more information on the High-Impact Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award, please contact:
Maggie Krummel
Email: Maggie.Krummel@endeavor.org

About Veuve Clicquot

“One quality only, the finest.” Times change, but the motto remains. Upon inheriting the small family wine business at the death of her husband in 1805, Barbe Nicole Ponsardin, Veuve Clicquot, then only 27, had the vision of a wine symbol of excellence and enjoyed by the political and financial leaders of the world. She invested to procure the best raw material possible, invented a new production process and conquered one country after the next. She single-handedly created the business model of Champagne, still true to this day, some two centuries later. In 1972, for the bicentennial of the House, Veuve Clicquot created its Business Women Awards, now celebrated in over 25 countries and counting on its solid network of 300 former winners. At the dawn of their 40th anniversary, the Veuve Clicquot awards, which now also include the Veuve Clicquot Initiatives for Economic Development in emerging markets, are reinforced with the first edition of the Veuve Clicquot High Impact Female Entrepreneur of the Year, in partnership with Endeavor and the Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit.


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