02.06 . The 6 semi-finalists for the 2014 Responsible Entrepreneur Award are finally revealed!

Founded by a modern, visionary woman, Helena Rubinstein has always supported pioneering women with drive. The support for these women is demonstrated through the brand’s partnership with EPWN (European Professional Women’s Network), the first professional network in Europe dedicated to women. The brand is once again sponsoring the network’s annual ceremony, for the Responsible Entrepreneur 2014 award.

112 years ago, Helena Rubinstein invented cosmetics. Her determination and pioneering spirit are what the brand seeks to discover in every woman, so sponsoring the European Professional Women’s Network and the Responsible Entrepreneur Award was an easy choice to make. Supporting successful women with visionary ideas and growing their talent is the main goal of the European Professional Women’s Network, which is celebrating its 4th birthday for the award this year.


On Monday 13th January 2014, the 6 semi-finalists for the Responsible Entrepreneur Award were revealed during an evening party organized by the EPWN. Members were then able to start voting for their favorite to win the 2014 award.

Each semi-finalist was chosen using a rigorous selection criteria. Their businesses needed to be established for 5 years and abide by a clear set of corporate social responsibility obligations, ranging from environmental to social parameters. Only at this point could the EPWN network start to judge and vote for the final 2014 winner.

The winner will be revealed in March after an intensive presentation about her business to a group of judges led by Margaret Milan, founder of successful French toy store ‘Oxybul Eveil et Jeux’.

EPWN members can, however, start voting now to elect their favorite to win the Responsible Entrepreneur Award 2014.


Each of the 6 finalists is a pioneer in their area of specialization.

Alexia Tronel created ‘Atelier Bartavelle’, a ready-to-wear fashion brand that is made in France and combines bespoke craftsmanship with a lux-feel, designing socially responsible clothing. Aude Dommange is the founder of Cocarde Verte, the first on-line store to sell all types of natural, organically made products that are made on French soil. As for Deza Nguenbock, she decided to create a PR and communications agency specializing in diversity and changing the way people view disabilities, called E&H Lab. Valérie Hinaux launched Intermède Cancer, a company that sells products for cancer patients to use at home, helping to overcome and deal with the side effects of treatments. In Situ, an electric car-loan company for students, was created by Emmanuelle Champaud which allows other companies to sponsor these cars. And, finally, Carole Tawena created Karethic, a business that collects Shea and Benin fruit to use in its body products, enabling it to be transported and sold all over the globe, using efficient distribution networks.

Find out more about the semi-finalists on the EPWN website and keep a look out in March for the winner of the Responsible Entrepreneur Award 2014!



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