The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is a business plan competition for start-ups led by women organized by Cartier in partnership with McKinsey, INSEAD business school and the Women’s Forum. It aims at supporting creative, financially sustainable and responsible women-led start-ups, in all countries and industries. The Award is given annually to six laureates who receive a year of coaching, US$20,000 in funding, valuable networking opportunities as well as media exposure.
The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award offers funding, coaching, networking opportunities and exposure. It is a unique opportunity for early-phase women entrepreneurs to take their companies to the next level.
The Award is designed to maximize the learning experience for candidates, finalists and laureates.
The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards offers one-to-one personalized business coaching for the eighteen finalists representing the top three projects of each continent.
These finalists are selected in the first phase of the contest in June. They are then invited to France in October for the Finale week which includes entrepreneurship workshops, a presentation in front of the international Jury, and an invitation to the Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum. It is a unique week where the Finalists have the opportunity to share their challenges, fears and successes with their fellow candidates.
The six Laureates are announced during the Awards Ceremony held at the Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum at the end of the week. The full year of coaching focuses primarily on the business development.
- The benefits for the Finalists: 4 months of coaching, networking opportunities and media exposure, Finale week in France.
- The benefits for the Laureates: additional year of coaching,
funding of US$ 20 000.
The Laureates cite the networking opportunities, the international exposure and the one-to-one coaching as the most important benefits of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.
Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards
The 2014 call for applications is now open.
We are looking for women leading for-profit responsible enterprises between 1 and 3 years old. The submission deadline this year is February 28, 2014.
Here is the link to apply: http://www.