Volunteer jury members are nominated and then selected based on their experience in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, business achievements, and commitment to supporting women. They play a key role in reviewing the applicants and selecting fellows. Jury members also provide feedback and additional support and connections to the entrepreneurs.
Each jury panel consists of five members who bring diverse viewpoints and varied experiences to the process. A jury member may be a(n)
• impact-driven entrepreneur.
• Cartier Women's Initiative fellow from a prior edition.
• successful impact investor, gender-lens investor, or venture philanthropist.
• renowned academic expert in impact investing or impact-driven entrepreneurship.
• leader in the social impact entrepreneurship ecosystem.
As a former fellow and now a jury member for the Cartier Women’s Initiative, I know that their structure, support and wider network are completely aligned with the mission and goals of a social enterprise.
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.
2018 fellow, Jury member Middle East & North Africa
2020 Fellow | Founder & CEO at EQuota Energy Technology
The Q&A session with the jury brought up questions and themes that potential future investors are interested in understanding, and it gave me an opportunity to think and speak about my business in a professional pitch format.
Most of us are agents of change but, to truly make a meaningful impact, it’s always nice to have some wind beneath the wings. The Cartier Women’s Initiative is that wind mobilizing impact around the world.