About us

About us

The Cartier Women's Initiative is an annual international programme created in 2006 to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.

THE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020 EDITION IS NOW CLOSED. RESULTS WILL BE SHARED WITH APPLICANTS IN JANUARY 2020.

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In less than a decade, the Cartier Awards has grown from attracting 360 to nearly 3000 applications. With a growth in both the quantity and the quality of the businesses applying, the initiative has become a transformative step in the lives of 219 women entrepreneurs in 50 countries and regions.
Cyrille Vigneron, CEO of Cartier
THE MISSION

Founded in 2006 by Cartier and INSEAD Business School, the programme is open to women-run, for-profit businesses in any country and sector working to create strong social impact. The Cartier Women’s Initiative aims to encourage inspirational women entrepreneurs worldwide to solve contemporary global challenges by:

• supporting and recognizing creative women who are making concrete contributions to finding solutions for the future of our planet

• bringing these business solutions to the largest audience possible.

Since 2006, Cartier has accompanied 219 promising female business-owners and recognized 77 laureates.

No matter who you are, or where you come from, if Cartier believes in your dreams, they will make it possible for you to succeed!
Salma Abdulai, 2017 laureate for Sub-Saharan Africa
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COMPETITION

The 21 finalists, representing the top 3 businesses from each of the 7 regions (Latin America & the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, East Asia, South Asia & Oceania), will receive:

• One-to-one personalized business and financial coaching prior to the Awards Week.

• A series of business coaching workshops and networking sessions during the Awards Week.

Media visibility for the finalists and their businesses in the months leading up to the Awards Week and interview opportunities with local & international press during the Awards Week.

PRIZE MONEY

The 7 laureates (1 from each region) will receive:

US$ 100 000 in prize money.

 

The 14 finalists (the two runners-up from each region) will receive:

US$ 30 000 in prize money.

AWARDS PACKAGE

In addition to the prize money, all 21 finalists will be awarded:

• A scholarship to attend the six-day INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Executive Education Programme (pending admission to the programme based on eligibility criteria and selection process).

Ongoing support for the further growth and development of their business.

PARTNERS

The Cartier Women's Initiative is a joint partnership initiated by Cartier and INSEAD Business School. Each partner brings its expertise to the programme: Cartier plays a leading role in the organisation and provides funding for the businesses whereas INSEAD provides the coaching.

THE TEAM