The fellowship program is the human capital support provided to our fellows. It aims to equip our fellows with the necessary skills to grow their business and to build their leadership capacity by drawing upon the experience and expertise of academics, practitioners, industry experts, and entrepreneurs and by enabling peer learning.
From the day that my application was accepted, I was coached to structure and build my business. I was introduced to incredible entrepreneurs from all over the world who amazed and inspired me. It came naturally to me to want to coach and mentor others, too.
Fellows will have many high-visibility speaking opportunities throughout their Cartier Women’s Initiative journey. This foundational program, delivered online to all fellows, in groups and individually, focuses on the essentials of high-performance communications.
Participating in the Cartier Women's Initiative taught us a lot, and boosted our self-confidence and morale. The team feels that it has an impetus to grow, and help society.
As one of the world’s leading business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society. The school's research, teaching and partnerships reflect this global perspective and cultural diversity.
The INSEAD Women Impact Entrepreneurship Program is a 3-day executive leadership program that deepens fellows’ knowledge on how to manage, scale, finance and measure their impact based on their positioning on the impact entrepreneurship life-cycle. Live cases methodology allows fellows to learn about each other’s businesses and receive practical suggestions from experts and peers.
Based on jury feedback and action plans, developed during the INSEAD Program, Fellows choose their preferred human capital development track. While the objectives of this training vary depending on each fellow's specific needs, potential topics may include:
Impact Measurement: This track equips fellows with the tools and know-how to understand, measure and track that impact, make better impact decisions and leverage their impact for business success.
Financial Modelling: Fully adapted to fellows’ needs, this track may focus on building commercial goals and projections model from scratch or upgrading your existing financial model, revising your key assumptions, understanding key financial metrics your business should be tracking, and more.
Fundraising: This track teaches fellows how to look for investment opportunities; identify right type of investors, based on their business stage, industry, growth profile and funding needs; and build an effective investor pitch.
Business Experiments: This track offers fellows a structured approach to experiment and innovate new approaches to their existing business challenges around sales, product conversion, or investments.
Sales and Business Development: This track provides fellows with selling concepts, ideas, tools, knowledge and skills to identify target customers and turn contacts into customers or referral sources. It also focuses on building soft-selling skills and confidence.
In addition to the 1:1 customized training, fellows benefit from 3 individual sessions with their jury members to receive feedback and support. They can also connect with hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, academics, mentors, advisors and ecosystem leaders, committed to supporting women-impact entrepreneurs via our community platform.
Over 6 months, each fellow receives 8 hours of intensive 1:1 leadership coaching sessions with a highly experienced and certified coach. The Women Impact Alliance coaches work with the fellows to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. Rather than directly advising the fellows, the coaches will guide them and help them realize their strengths.
Impact entrepreneurs, like all of us, need support to cope with emerging challenges, develop the capacity to be well despite experiencing fear, anxiety, frustration, and many other emotions, and practice self-care. No matter what challenges or obstacles we face, it is essential to remember that we must take good care of ourselves to care for others.
Different events and activities will be organized around self-care and well-being throughout the fellowship journey.
Explore our fellows' program journey.
Every year, the Regional Awards recognize 27 talented women impact entrepreneurs hailing from nine regions across the globe.
This award highlights three disruptive solutions built around unique, protected, or hard-to-reproduce technological or scientific advances.