The Les Audacieuses (“The Bold Women”) program targets women with two goals: inspire and encourage women to start businesses and provide concrete support to the advancement of projects with a high social and/or environmental impact. To do this, the association identifies and assists women with social entrepreneurship projects regardless of their professional experience or origins. The program’s goal is to remove all the obstacles to starting a business: lack of self-confidence, difficulties in accessing the right networks or shortage of practical tools to move the project forward.
Fondation CHANEL is providing logistics and financial support to raise the number of women participating in the Les Audacieuses program by backing La Ruche’s plans to extend its initiative to three regions: Île-de-France (Paris Region), Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur and Nouvelle Aquitaine.
The Académie des Ruches, known as “La Ruche”, is an association that works to advance social innovation at all levels of society. It provides access to a business incubator and co-working space with a community of over 1,000 entrepreneurs throughout France.