Fellowship Programme

Fellowship Programme

We have regrouped all of the human capital opportunities under one umbrella term, which we refer to as the fellowship programme. The fellowship programme 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.


Cartier will be crafting a tailored human capital development plan for each fellow based on the feedback we receive from the due diligence team and the jury members. This plan will be shared with the fellows prior to the start of the fellowship program so that they have a chance to reflect on whether Cartier's recommendations meet their needs. This 1:1 customized training will serve the dual purpose of preparing the fellows for the second round of jury evaluation and supporting them in the business areas which they foresee as strategically important in the upcoming year.

We have come up with four tracks which represent the four areas in which impact entrepreneurs typically require the most support:
1. Financials
2. Impact Measurement
3. High-performance communications
4. Functional expertise in a specific subject area

1. Financials
While the objectives of this training will vary depending on each fellow's specific needs. A few of the topics that are likely to be covered are the following:
• Investor Readiness: Preparation is the key to success but knowing exactly how to prepare can be confusing. Our financial partner's experience with investors allows them to equip you with the necessary tools for success.
• Financial Modelling: A financial model is not only vital for raising money, but it provides a roadmap for growth and scaling. Our financial partner will work with our fellows to translate their vision into a fully customizable and adjustable financial model that enables them to experiment with different scenarios and understand their effects.
•Strategic Review & Analysis: Does that equipment purchase really make sense? What are the key levers for growth within your business? How can you optimize your cash flow? These are all questions that our financial partner can help answer with a strategic review.

2. Impact Measurement
Although all CWI fellows aspire to create positive impact for people and planet through their businesses, they sometimes lack the tools to understand, measure and track that impact. The objective of the 1:1 impact measurement track is to equip them with the tools and the know-how to make better impact decisions and leverage their impact for business success. These individually tailored sessions will meet the fellows where they are on their impact measurement journey and help them work towards their objectives, which will be set collaboratively during the first meeting.

3. High-performance communications
While the objectives of this training will vary depending on each fellow's specific needs. A few of the topics that are likely to be covered are the following:
• Simplifying and “translating” complex information into clear, relevant narratives.
• Enlivening delivery and finding an authentic, connected style that builds trust.
• Moving from explanation to immersion: finding concrete stories that bring data to life.

4. Functional expertise in a specific subject area
Fellows will also have the option of being matched with a subject matter expert (SME) who can provide guidance and advice on how to address a specific problem (defined scope) the entrepreneur is facing today (typically functional). This will take place over 2-4 meetings as needed and, since the fellow will be paired with a volunteer, it is up to her to be proactive in scheduling the work sessions and defining the desired objectives, scope and outcomes.

Entrepreneurs are often too wrapped up in the day to day details of their business. A mentor’s role is to help them take a step back and develop a long term vision.
Madhu Rajesh, INSEAD alumnae and former coach

INSEAD Online Sessions
The INSEAD online sessions leading up to the in-person ISEP program will be composed of three learning blocks. Each learning block will include a 2.5h-3h virtual classroom sessions – all 24 fellows will attend this class in two cohorts (based on time differences) – and be followed by a two-hour peer coaching session. 

Learning Block n°1: Impact in Action
Do you wonder how much to rely on market vs. non-market means to create societal value? Do you find yourself caught up in debates about pursuing “win-win” solutions vs. having to accept “trade-offs” in seeking impact? Do you wonder whether and when you should try to attract external funding, and what kind of investors to consider working with?  These are tough questions that most impact entrepreneurs invariably run into. Every impact venture is different, so the answers to these questions are not universal. However, talking to and learning from other cases where similar issues came up can help clarify your own thinking. With this view, this 3-hour session provides a deep dive into a “live case” based on a recent Cartier Women’s Initiative fellow.

Learning Block n°2: Enabling Women Thriving
Full participation of women in leading our world’s businesses alongside men has clear benefits for the societies we serve. Given this, why are women so dramatically underrepresented at the highest impact levels of leadership, and what can be done to enable greater gender balance? This 2-hour session begins by exploring fundamental barriers and how they systemically reinforce each other and then looks into organizational best pratices.

Learning Block n°3: Defining and Executing Circularity
In the light of the emerging post-pandemic movements, including “Building Back Better”, many organizations, including start-ups, are looking for ways to conceptualize and define their own scope of circularity. In this 2-hour session, fellows will take a deep dive into the origins of circularity along with its drivers, and then look into identifying economically and environmentally sound circularity approaches for social entrepreneurs. They will do so by looking at other organizations who excel (or have failed) in executing circularity in different business contexts and identifying a systemic set of principles for circularity execution.

Peer Coaching Sessions
The 24 CWI fellows will be split into 6 groups of four participants, each of which will be accompanied by a coach. Fellows within each group will then be paired and encouraged to have regular peer coaching conversations. Practicing peer coaching in these supervised settings is a powerful way of unlocking the group’s energy and ability to support each other’s’ growth and development.  

The INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme is a 6-day Executive Education program which is run twice a year on both the INSEAD Fontainebleau and INSEAD Singapore campuses. It brings together INSEAD’s renowned faculty with an international group of leaders in social entrepreneurship, to bridge the gap between human needs and the resources required to address them. Along with case study discussion and analysis, the programme creates a forum for the exchange of experiences and practical knowledge. Fellows will have a chance to connect with each other but also to a wider network of likeminded individuals.


Each fellow will be matched with an executive coach for a 3 months period who will help them set and work through a series of personal and professional goals. In coaching, the goals the fellows set are referred to as the agenda with a small “a”, this is what the coach will assist the fellows in reaching. At the same time, the coach will also work with the fellows on the true goal of coaching – their agenda with a big “A”. The agenda is to help the fellows understand and realize their defaults and triggers which hold them back, working through them to unlock potential and fulfillment. The greater the degree of self-awareness, the greater the effectiveness of an individual and their capacity to step into leadership.

While the objectives of the coaching might vary depending on each fellow's specific needs. A few of the topics that are likely to be covered are the following:
• Practicing situational leadership and management skills
• Increasing fellow’s self-confidence, balance and engagement
• Boosting productivity by helping fellows to work smarter
• Developing a deeper bench of talent
• Improving fellows' retention and overall employee health/wellness