The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. Every year six women entrepreneurs — each of them representing one of the world’s six main regions — are selected from among 18 finalists, themselves short-listed from over 1,000 applications. .

The mission of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is threefold:

  • To identify and support women entrepreneurs in their start‐up phase through funding and coaching.
  • To foster the spirit of enterprise by celebrating role‐models in entrepreneurship.
  • To create an international network of women entrepreneurs and encourage sharing of experience and peer support.

All 18 finalists will be present at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting, and the six winners of the Awards will be announced October 11. They will receive $20,000 of funding. In addition, all the finalists are given one year of coaching from Cartier, INSEAD and McKinsey & Co; networking and visibility opportunities; and a Cartier‐designed trophy.

The competition is open to women entrepreneurs from every country in the world, of all nationalities and from all sectors of the economy, who have created a company that fulfills the criteria for eligibility and evaluation. The first laureates of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards were distinguished in 2007.

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

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