The Finalists were the three candidates in each continent - 15 entrepreneurs in total around the world - who passed the first round of the competition in May.

The 2008 Finalists

Laureate 2008
Mame Diene
Karistal
SENEGAL

A local laboratory promoting the finest African cosmetics and essential oils.
Finalist 2008
Isabel Acevedo Lopez
Pymelibre
COLOMBIA

ICT for small businesses could mean big progress for Colombia.
Finalist 2008
Lorin Cassidy
Motorsports Apparel for Women
UNITED STATES

A marketing company selling premier apparel for women in motorsports.
Laureate 2008
Cynthia Guy
Instituto de Implantes Cocleares
PANAMA

Cochlear implants for children and adults with severe to profound hearing loss.
Finalist 2008
Wu Man
Your Kitchen
CHINA

Providing Shanghai commuters with fresh, healthy, organic food.
Finalist 2008
Chenda Chhay
Your Business Solution
CAMBODIA

Accounting outsourcing and financial consulting for Cambodian businesses.
Finalist 2008
Barbara Ngouyombo
Anoigma
UNITED KINGDOM

A mobile health records service for travellers.
Laureate 2008
Laura Chicurel
Chicurela
UNITED KINGDOM

A startup providing eco-friendly salmon skin leather to the fashion industry and beyond.
Laureate 2008
Mona S. Jhaveri
Foligo Therapeutics
UNITED STATES

A biotech company aiming to improve the detection and treatment of ovarian cancer.
Finalist 2008
Lee-Anne Kassel
Kasselot ltd
SOUTH AFRICA

A new maternity bra with patented technology.
Finalist 2008
Elsbeth Vaino
B.E Innovative Group Inc.
CANADA

Devising interactive games to help students prepare for their exams.
Finalist 2008
Bosede Edwards
OT Consulting
NIGERIA

Consulting services for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Nigeria.
Laureate 2008
Renee King
Tamang Timpla Foods inc.
PHILIPPINES

A food manufacturing startup that promotes naturally pure and healthy Filipino foods.
Finalist 2008
Paulina Avila
Zava Group
COLOMBIA

Developing a range of healthy, low calorie foods to meet special dietary needs.

The Finalists were coached by Cartier, McKinsey and INSEAD mentors in preparation of the second round where they were invited to Deauville (France) to present a detailed business plan and defend their projects in front of the Jury. Among them, the five most promising businesses, one from each continent, received the annual Cartier Women’s Initiative Award which includes 20 000 USD and one full year of coaching.

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