Driving Change by empowering women entrepreneurs

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, INSEAD Business School, McKinsey & Company and former partner the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society to identify, support and encourage projects led by women entrepreneurs. Six women entrepreneurs, one Laureate per continent (Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Asia-Pacific) are awarded every year.

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards aim to encourage inspirational women entrepreneurs worldwide to solve contemporary global challenges by supporting and recognising creative women who are making concrete contributions to finding solutions for the future of our planet, and bringing these business solutions to the largest audience possible.

Applications are now open for the 2018 Awards, click here for more information and here to apply. Applications close on the 31st of August 2017 at 2:00 PM (CET). 

Cartier is looking for financially sustainable, responsible and creative businesses. The Jury evaluates the businesses based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity: the degree of innovation shown by the overall business concept.
  • Financial sustainability and scalability: the financial viability of the business, indicating chances of long-term success.
  • Impact: the effect on society of the business in terms of jobs created or its effect on the immediate or broader environment and community.
  • The overall quality and clarity of the material presented.

The 18 finalists, representing the top three projects from each of the six regions, will receive:

  • One-to-one personalised business coaching prior to the Awards week
  • Series of entrepreneurship workshops, knowledge sessions and networking events during the Awards week
  • Media visibility
  • A place on the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship 6-Day Executive Programme (ISEP)
  • Networking opportunities through the Cartier Awards community

Of the 18 finalists, first prize for the top six laureates includes:

  • USD$100,000 in prize money
  • One-to-one personalised business mentoring 

Second prize for the 12 finalists is USD$30,000 in prize money.