Mit gerade mal 20 Jahren begann die unternehmerische Reise von Verena Pausder als Unternehmerin: Bereits im Studium gründete sie mit ihrer Schwester ihre erste Firma, eine Sushi-Bar in Bielefeld. Nach ihrem Studienabschluss an der Universität St. Gallen, mit dem Schwerpunkt Finanzen und Controlling, hat sie sich als Gründerin und CEO ihrer Unternehmen ganz dem digitalen
Leben und Lernen von Kindern verschrieben. Zu den von ihr geführten Unternehmen gehören die Fox & Sheep GmbH sowie die HABA Digital GmbH. Fox & Sheep ist der größte Entwickler für Kinder-Apps in Deutschland und gehört mit über 20 Mio. Downloads weltweit zu den Top-Anbietern am Markt. Die HABA Digitalwerkstätten bringen die Digitalisierung an Schulen voran und machen Schüler fit für die digitale Zukunft.
Verena Pausder ist unter anderem Mitglied im Innovation Council von Dorothee Bär, Staatsministerin für Digitales, sowie Mitglied im Beirat „Junge Digitale Wirtschaft“ von Bundeswirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier. Sie berät damit die deutsche Politik aus erster Hand zu Fragen der digitalen Transformation.
In ihrem persönlichen Blog behandelt Verena Pausder wichtige Themen rund um digitale Bildung für junge Menschen in Deutschland. Im Forbes Ranking gehört sie zu den „Europe’s Top 50 Women In Tech” und wurde mehrfach für ihr unternehmerisches und gesellschaftliches Engagement ausgezeichnet. Als junge Mutter setzt sie sich unermüdlich für die Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie ein Dafür hat sie ein Gründerinnennetzwerk etabliert, um Frauen mit Gründergeist miteinander zu verknüpfen und den Austausch zu fördern.
Winner of the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award 2018
Nathalie Balla has been co-President of La Redoute and Relais Colis since June 2014. She had previously been named CEO in August 2009.
La Redoute is one of the French leaders in e-commerce. Believed to be on its last legs in 2014, La Redoute successfully transformed itself by refocusing on four product categories (women’s and children’s ready-to-wear, household linens and home decoration) and its internal know-how in style and design; building a new, fully-automated warehouse; stopping the large paper catalogue; and downsizing by half in France, all while remobilizing employees around the recovery project and the opening of La Redoute’s capital to all employees.
In 2017, La Redoute counted nearly 2,000 employees and a revenue of €750 million euros, of which a quarter was international.
Nathalie Balla received her doctorate in economics and finance from ESCP-EAP Paris. She started her career in 1989 as an auditor at Price Waterhouse Switzerland, during which time she completed her thesis at the University of Saint Gall.
In 1992 she joined the Karstadt Quelle Group as part of the Madeleine brand, of which she became Managing Director Switzerland and Austria from 1996 to 1998. She then joined Quelle Versand in Switzerland as Managing Director from 1998 to 2001, followed by Quelle and Neckermann AG in Germany as a member of the Executive Committee in charge of the international scope from 2001 to 2005. At the end of 2005, she became Managing Director of Robert Klingel Europe, Germany’s fourth company in distance selling.
Nathalie Balla is also Vice President of Fevad (Fédération du e-commerce et de la vente à distance) and UPECAD (Union Professionnelle des Entreprises du Commerce à Distance).
Shanty Baehrel is founder of the eponymous Shanty Biscuits, a brand that makes and sells customized biscuits online.
Baccalaureate in hand, Shanty Baehrel started her career in a company specialized in high-tech backlighting for aeronautics. Over the course of three years, she learned how small productions work, from stock and delivery management to quality control and methods.
Shanty had the idea for biscuits with messages in 2013, thanks to a biscuit stamp she received for her 24th birthday. She began by hand-making biscuits for fun in her apartment and selling them on her website. She took only direct orders and, with no middleman, was profitable from day one.
She joined the incubator The Family to accompany her growth, and in 2016 she set up her production workshop outside of Aix-en-Provence, where she lives. Word of mouth and the biscuits’ Instagram virality have allowed her to triple her revenue each year in an organic way.
In 2017 the company had a revenue of €520,000 euros and sold more than 1 million biscuits. Today, Shanty Biscuits employs ten people full-time.
Once again, the production workshop became too small to support the company’s growth. In October 2018, Shanty Biscuits moved to a new 820m² facility featuring new machines that will allow it to create new offers. Shanty Biscuits plans to open a Paris boutique in 2019.
Winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2018
Winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2018
Claudia Sjoberg is the Founder and President of Pedalheads Bike Swim and Sport Programs. Pedalheads provides children aged 2-15 with life skills that develop confidence, independence and a love for activity. Since 1986, more than 350,000 children have participated in Pedalheads programs including 55,000 in 2018. With 100 locations in eleven Canadian and US cities, Pedalheads had over $14 million in revenue in 2018, with 35 full time and 1500 part-time employees. The Company provides young people not only with employment, training and mentorship, but also with the opportunity to develop teaching and coaching skills that impact children’s lives.
Claudia is particularly proud of Pedalheads’ robust giving back program. Everyone in the company including the camp participants participates in “helping” initiatives. Last year the company donated $53,000 to nine neighbourhood houses in Canada and the US as well as provided new bikes, locks, helmets and bike training for over 120 children in need. Pedalheads donated camp gift certificates to 300 community groups and led countless safety presentations and bike rodeos in schools and pre-schools across the regions.
Personally, Claudia has been a lifelong community volunteer and leader. She currently sits on the Board of the Vancouver Fringe Festival and the Board of Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House. She is a Mentor through the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and this year was a key-note speaker at their E-series program.
Many years after her UBC undergrad days, Claudia completed her MBA in Management Consulting at Royal Roads University in 2015. She is currently leading her team through a growth strategy across North America, and enjoys the excitement of diving into new cities to discover potential Pedalheads locations.
In 2017, Claudia was the winner of the RBC Women of Influence Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year in the Trailblazer Category. She is also a 2018 finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.