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Morocco’s Zineb Agoumi among winners of Cartier Women’s Initiative

Written by FDM

Zineb Agoumi is one of the 7 winners of Cartier Women’s Initiative 2019. The names of the lucky winners were revealed at the awards ceremony held on May 2nd in San Francisco. Based in France, the Moroccan entrepreneur founded Ezygain, a start-up that helps people with reduced mobility to walk again.

This is wonderful recognition for Zineb Agoumi. The Moroccan entrepreneur is one of 7 winners of the Cartier Women’s Initiative 2019 selected by an international jury among nearly 2,900 entries from 142 countries (including Japan and Switzerland for the first time).

Her project Ezygain, is a start-up in France that helps people with reduced mobility to walk again. More specifically, she has developed a “smart” treadmill with built-in sensors whose data is passed on to specialists, such as the physiotherapist, as well as to patients. Thus, this walking rehabilitation device, which is compact, guides them to perfection in their progress.

Other winners include Hibah Shata from the United Arab Emirates, who is hosting the Maharat Learning Center offering behavioral therapies and educational support to children and young adults, Liza Velarde from Mexico with her Delee Test, a blood test that detects the presence of circulating tumor cells (CTC) in cancer patients and allowing doctors to monitor better the progression of the disease, Manka Angwafo from Cameroon who set up Grassland Cameroon Ltd, an accessible funding service based on assets, offering small farmers a complete package including training, agricultural inputs and market access.

During the “Ripple Effect” awards ceremony, a TED conference was held around concrete contributions to consider to meet the most pressing contemporary challenges. Around the table was the microbiologist Karen Lloyd, the architect and urban planner Kotchakorn Voraakhom, the founder of Bodhi Tree Foundation, the protagonist of rural social work in India Ashweetha Shetty, and the artistic duo Climbing PoeTree.