Marie-Virginie Klein, Partner – Assistant General Manager

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Marie-Virginie Klein specializes in matters of opinion, having spent five years advising major political figures at Giacometti Péron & Associés before joining Tilder. Gifted with strong interpersonal skills, she assists executives in their internal and external communication strategies using her knowledge concerning their target audiences’ viewpoints.

Having practiced classical dance at a high level and theater, she has also acquired a knack for public speaking. Marie-Virginie Klein regularly appears on programs to analyze and decipher current events related to communication (BFM TV, BFM Business, CNews, LCI, Public Sénat, etc.) (Literary preparatory classes Hypokâgne and Khâgne – 2002 / University of Ottawa – 2004 / Sciences Po Rennes – 2005 / Master 2 Political and Social Communication – University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne – 2006).

Willa, the first gender diversity-driven accelerator in the tech industry

Marie-Virginie Klein is vice-president of WILLA by Paris Pionnières, the first gender diversity-driven accelerator in the tech industry. After 13 years of working alongside female start-up founders, WILLA by Paris Pionnières has helped make Paris the European capital of female start-ups, with 21% of companies created by women.

Today, the lack of gender diversity in the start-up ecosystem remains an issue. A mere 10% of founders in France are female and less than 17% internationally. Based on our success in Paris (350 diverse start-ups mentored, 12 innovative entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship programs, a network of more than 150 experts and mentors, a strong community, and influential industry partnerships), we are scaling up to expand throughout France and internationally to find, guide, and nurture the future champions of innovation.

Women entrepreneurs in tech are becoming the new force of innovation and represent a powerful source of growth and value. Alongside the major players in the start-up world, we are committed to a new vision (see, read and sign the statement here) of shared leadership and implementing clear measures to accelerate female inclusion in innovation.