25th edition of the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards : Île-de-France regional winners

The Entrepreneur Of The Year award ceremony for the Île-de-France region was held on 14 September in Paris. Here is the full list of this edition’s winners by category.


General Public
This award celebrates the start-up nominee preferred by the public at large on an online voting platform. The General Public award was won by Dimitri Farber, co-founder of Tiller Systems.


Born Global
This award celebrates the start-up entrepreneur whose business model displays the greatest international potential. The Born Global award was presented to Nicolas Dessaigne, CEO, and Julien Lemoine, CTO, co-founders of Algolia.

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Global Player
This award celebrates the entrepreneur whose company is an international leader on its market, and whose strategy and culture are oriented towards international business. The Global Player award was presented by Loïc Marie (Verlingue) to Didier Tabary, chairman of Filorga.


This award celebrates the start-up entrepreneur who has conceived a business model that challenges market codes. The Disruptor award was presented to Hugo Mercier, co-founder and CEO of Rythm.


Strategic Vision
This award celebrates an entrepreneur who, after his or her business had been affected by upheavals, began a successful transformation of their business model taking the view that change is an opportunity. The Strategic Vision award was presented to Mehdi Houas, chairman and CEO of Talan.


Societal Commitment
This award celebrates a solidarity-minded entrepreneur who looks beyond the economic purpose of his or her business by providing innovative solutions to societal problems. The Societal Commitment award was presented to Virginie Legrand, François Jaquenoud and Chay Lo, founders of 1001 Fontaines.


Family Business
This award celebrates a family business having defined a long-term strategy built on transparent values and governance. It was presented by Jean Cossoul (Verlingue) to Patrick Findeling, chairman and CEO of Plastivaloire.

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Start-Up of the Year
This award celebrates a young business with “strong potential” that has demonstrated innovation on its market and is likely to be one of the entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow. The Start-Up of the Year award was presented to Eric La Bonnardière, chairman and CEO of Evaneos.


Entrepreneur of the Year
This award celebrates an entrepreneur for his or her exceptional track record and for the performance of their business. The Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to Laurent Dumas, founder of Emerige.


Verlingue, partnering the Entrepreneur Of The Year programme since 2012, invites you to the Western Region award ceremony on Tuesday 19 September in Rennes.