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2014 Winners

Below are the winners of the 2014 L'Oréal Women in Digital Next Generation Awards:

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal - Founder & CEO, Jibo

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is recognized as the pioneer of social robotics. She is founder and CEO of Jibo, a professor at the MIT Media Lab and director of the Personal Robots Group. She is a globally recognized thought leader and innovator. Jibo, Inc. brings her body of expertise to the world.

Press Links

Jibo, Inc. is an innovative consumer electronics company that is creating for world’s first social robot for the home. Jibo brings intelligence and personality to everything it does to help you as an at-home assistant that learns about you over time and personalizes itself to you to help you care, coordinate and connect with your family and loved ones with greater ease and delight.

Tania Yuki -
Founder & CEO, Shareablee

Tania Yuki is founder and CEO of Shareablee, a leading provider of social content analytics for business. She has spent most of her career in digital marketing, measurement and analytics, and was recently honored with a Great Mind Award from the Advertising Research Foundation and featured in Fast Company and Forbes as one of 12 women driving digital in New York.

Tania began her career as a media and internet attorney, specializing in digital rights management, IP and film financing. After moving to the US from Australia she was seduced by digital and went on to run an online video content network as head of acquisitions and branding and has also led product management for comScore's Video Metrix, the world's leading online video ratings service.

Tania is also the founder of wimlink, an organization that holds regular events and seminars promoting entrepreneurship, leadership and the professional development of women.

Press links from when Tania was a guest host on MSNBC's Your Business:

Shareablee measures the world's social interactions with brands. We provide actionable competitive insights for marketers, and reveal what to stop/start doing to drive engagement and ROI using data to benchmark your performance. Actionable analytics offer deep, unique social intelligence for brands - specifically across competitive benchmarking, paid media identification and spend, content best practices and social audience tracking for deeper customer insights.

Victoria Eisner -
Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, GLAMSQUAD

Victoria came up with the concept for GLAMSQUAD, with the idea that getting ready should be a whole lot easier. As a wellness and beauty counsellor, she knows that looking good and feeling great go hand-in-hand. Victoria thought that the same urban clients she had worked with would embrace a convenient, in-home alternative to the salon. She graduated from UC Berkeley and Brooklyn Law School and is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor.

GLAMSQUAD is an on-demand beauty delivery app that sends high quality, professionally trained hair stylists and make up artists to your home or office, for blowouts and makeup applications.  Services can be booked in as little as one hour's notice and the trained professionals bring all of the salon tools and products to you.  GLAMSQUAD saves you the trip to the salon, making getting ready a whole lot easier!

About the Awards

Mission:

As the world’s largest beauty company, L’Oreal has the opportunity and resources to make a difference and empower women to go into careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The Women in Digital program is all about supporting female entrepreneurs and advancing the technology they build, which is why the “Next Generation Awards” were created. L’Oreal is seeking women-operated businesses that can help conceive, launch, and scale new technology that has the potential to revolutionize the digital space, drive brand innovation, and shape the next generation of the beauty industry.

Nomination Process:

  • Sourced by partners, VC’s and LUSA’s call for submissions. Crowdsourcing is also an option.
  • Top 10 companies are curated by the internal committee of L’Oreal Digital Experts along with the L’Oreal Women in Digital Advisory Board.
  • “Next Awards” team and Rachel Weiss, head of Women in Digital and VP of digital innovation, content, and new business ventures at L’Oreal USA to conduct interviews/due diligence with top 5 companies and are voted on by the L’Oreal Strategic Committee.
  • Pilots guaranteed for three companies, bid on by L’Oreal brands as part of the Women in Digital program.

Who Should Apply for the Next Generation Awards?

The Women in Digital Next Generation Awards are given to three female-founded companies that are game-changers in the technology space, specifically those impacting the beauty business.

Companies must have working technology, not just paper napkin ideas. Companies with proven success in other sectors that are looking to pivot their existing products into the beauty sector are also encouraged to apply. L’Oreal is seeking business solutions (not beauty apps) that meet the needs of its entire portfolio of brands across media, technology and connected devices.

Additional Criteria:

L’Oreal Women in Digital recognizes best-in-class female-operated companies that can achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  • Create a digital experience helping beauty shoppers choose and purchase beauty products in mass retailers, hair salons, online or at beauty counters.
  • Leverage and gather data to help acquire new customers or retain across a portfolio of brands.
  • Provide a new channel for customer acquisition or loyalty for beauty customers across all digital platforms, mobile and emerging technology.
  • Help us address the following: data standardization, security, geo-location, customer engagement, merchandising, RFID, iBeacon, inventory contextualization, micro-manufacturing, wearables and 3D printing.

How L’Oreal Defines “Female-Founded Company”:

  • The company has a female founder and/or CEO.
  • The company is led by a woman with a C-level title who contributes to strategic direction of the company. In other words, does she have power and influence in the company? Is her amount of equity "fair" given her role and the stage of the company when she joined?

What L’Oreal Does NOT Fund:

Unfortunately, there are some female-run businesses that just don’t meet L’Oreal Women in Digital’s criteria. This includes real estate projects, agencies, television or radio programs, films, theater or art productions, as well as companies represented by brokers of any kind.

Submission Process:

  • Name of your organization (and acronym if commonly used)
  • Name of parent organization, if any
  • Name of founder/CEO or person holding similar position
  • Organization’s contact information: Address (and courier address if different), phone, email and fax
  • Name and title of the principal contact person, if different from above
  • Principal contact information: Address (and courier address if different), phone, email and fax
  • Company website
  • Company description
  • Brief statement of how your company’s competencies could relate to L’Oreal’s mission and criteria outlined above
  • How the proposed partnership relates to your organization, and why your organization is qualified to undertake the project
  • Brief statement on why you think Women in Digital is important in today’s society, and why it is particularly meaningful to you