If you are a female founder doing exceptional work resolving global problems, apply now to the Cartier Women’s Initiative Regional Award 2021 for a chance to receive funding and recognition.
Open to women-run and women-owned impact-driven businesses from anywhere in the world, the Cartier Women’s Initiative is an annual international entrepreneurship program that helps you take the transformative step to achieve your full potential as an empowered female entrepreneur making concrete contributions to global growth and change.
Make a pitch on the impact of your business, identify issues, and share your solutions on how to resolve global challenges and you could emerge as one of the winning 21 finalists.
If you do, you will receive up to USD100,000 in grant money, get to bring your business solutions to the largest audience possible, and access new possibilities.
Application Deadline: July 31, 2020
The successful 21 finalists, representing the top three businesses from each of the seven regions (Latin America & the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, East Asia, South Asia & Oceania), will receive:
The competition is open to women of all ages above the legal entry age, from all countries and in all fields.
To be considered for the opportunity at the regional level, the applicant’s business must meet the following eligibility criteria:
The Jury evaluates the applications based on the following criteria:
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To apply to the Regional Awards, applicants are required to submit the online application form and provide the supporting documentation listed below.
These documents must be submitted on the online portal in the “Attachments” section and cannot be sent separately by email.
The Cartier Women’s Initiative is an international business program launched in 2006 by Cartier in partnership with INSEAD Business School to support, recognize, and boost businesses led by women entrepreneurs.
Annually, 21 women entrepreneurs, three finalists per region (Latin America & the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, East Asia, South Asia & Oceania) are awarded.
The initiative is an annual international entrepreneurship program that aims to drive change by empowering impact-driven women entrepreneurs.
The Cartier Awards has enforced a transformative step in the lives of 219 women entrepreneurs in 51 countries.
All applications must be submitted by 2:00 pm on July 31, 2020
The selection process is divided into two rounds:
They receive coaching from experienced business experts to move on to the next round.
The Jury Members dedicate at least a year to evaluating and assessing the business proposals. They are men and women and represent diverse industries just like the finalists.
The Jury for the Regional Awards of the Cartier Women’s Initiative is composed of 35 high-profile individuals and is divided into 7 regional jury panels.
They are chosen on the basis of their entrepreneurial experience, business achievements, and their commitment to supporting women entrepreneurs. They play a key role in reviewing the candidates’ applications and selecting the finalists and laureates. The jury members then give feedback to the laureates and finalists and thereafter provide additional support and connections to the entrepreneurs.
Read about the jury members by clicking on their profiles here.
The 21 finalists, representing the top 3 businesses from each of the 7 regions, 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
Coaches are experienced and senior-level INSEAD alumni who commit on a voluntary basis. The coaches help the finalists build a business plan and prepare their oral presentation for the second round of the competition. The mentors provide tailored, year-long coaching to the finalists geared towards preparing their companies for long-term growth and success
Online: The program will run virtually 4 hours per week from January 2021 to May 2021;
And also, up to 2 hours per week virtually from June 2021 to November 2021
In-person event- In addition to the virtual training, applicants will also be expected to attend two weeks of in-person training in a yet to be disclosed location.
The Cartier Women’s Initiative is supported by the academic partner INSEAD Business School.
2017 finalist Lise Pape is increasing impact by helping out with more Parkinson’s patients through her company Walk With Path.
2018 finalist Luz Rello is making major strides in diagnosing & treating dyslexia.
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