Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards for Women Entrepreneurs

Applications are now open for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2019.
The awards is an international business plan Competition instituted by Cartier, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to recognize women all over the world who have distinguished themselves in the area of entrepreneurship as well as their innovative projects.

Since 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards has supported 198 female entrepreneurs worldwide including Nigeria’s Bilikiss Adebiyi of Wecyclers who was the 2013 Laureate for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Each year, 21 finalists representing 7 regions (Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Far East Asia, South-East Asia) are selected during the first round of the competition.

These finalists are then invited to attend the Awards week (exact location still TBC) during which the second round of the competition takes place. After the final jury evaluation, 7 laureates, one for each region, are announced on stage during the Awards ceremony.

Highlights of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

The 21 finalists, representing the top 3 projects from each of the 7 regions, will receive:

One-to-one personalized business coaching prior to the Awards week.

A series of entrepreneurship workshops, knowledge sessions and networking events during the Awards week.

Media visibility.

A scholarship to attend the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship 6-Day Executive Programme (provided their business meets INSEAD’s eligibility criteria).

Networking opportunities through the Cartier Awards community and beyond.

Award Package

1st prize for the 7 laureates:

US$ 100 000 in prize money

One-to-one personalized business mentoring

Second prize for the 14 finalists:

US$ 30 000 in prize money

Deadline: August 31, 2018 2pm Paris time (CEST), that is 1pm West African (Nigerian) time

How to Apply

All applications are done online at the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards application portal

Learn more about the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards for innovative women entrepreneurs.

Remember, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is looking for innovative and impact-driven women-led businesses.

Good luck as you apply.

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