Today, there is 63% more performance when a company is founded or co-founded by a women. However, the lack of diversity in the startup ecosystem remains with only 10% of female founders in France and less than 17% internationally.
WILLA (formerly known as Paris Pionnieres) is the #1 gender diversity startup accelerator in the innovation sector. We are a non-profit organization founded on March 5th, 2005.
After 13 years of action alongside women founders of startups, we have helped make Paris the European capital of startups with 21% of companies created by women. More than 400 startups and 200 women entrepreneurs have participated in our 3 main acceleration programs:
· Willa Possible, a 3-day bootcamp to help entrepreneurs discover their potential
· Willa Start, a 4 to 6-month program to help startups go from the idea to the validation of their concept
· Willa Scale, a 12-month program to support the deployment and growth of startups
We are convinced that diversity is becoming the new force of innovation and a powerful reservoir of growth and value.
Our ambition is to deploy our actions throughout France and abroad to support and reveal the future women leaders in innovation.
An AI and Sensor-based technology to communicate and manage building systems
Data storage systems reducing energy consumption and space utilization
Robotic mass-production of solar concentrator solutions
Creating and developing a recycling channel for multi-component plastic packaging