Women’s Initiative Awards: Cartier seeks Exceptional Entrepreneurs

July 20, 2017

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are a business plan competition aimed at supporting creative, financially sustainable and responsible women-led companies, in all countries and industries.

Created in 2006 by Cartier in partnership with INSEAD Business School and McKinsey & Company, the Awards will be given to six laureates in the following categories:

Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa and Asia-Pacific.

To apply for the 2018 edition, fill out the application form on:

All applications must be submitted online in English.

Application deadline: August 31, 2017 at 8:00PM Hong Kong time ( GMT ).


The 18 finalists, representing the top 3 projects from each of the 6 regions, will receive:

  • One-to-one personalized business coaching prior to the Awards week
  • Series of entrepreneurship workshops, knowledge sessions and networking events during the Awards week
  • Media visibility
  • A place on the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship 6-Day Executive Programme (ISEP)
  • Networking opportunities through the Cartier Awards community


First prize for the 6 laureates:

  • US$ 100 000 in prize money
  • One-to-one personalized business mentoring

Second prize for the 12 finalists:

  • US$ 30 000 in prize money


  • The main leadership position must be filled by a woman
  • An original for-profit business creation
  • In the start-up phase: between two and three years of operation
  • Open to women from all countries and sectors of industry


  • Financial sustainability
  • Social impact
  • Creativity

Women’s Initiative Awards: Cartier Seeks Exceptional Entrepreneurs

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Written by Luxuria Lifestyle Hong Kong & Macau

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