APPLY NOW: The $20,000 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award

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

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The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is looking for committed female entrepreneurs heading initiatives with the potential to grow significantly in the years to come. To apply for the 2015 edition, fill out the application form on

Influential and enterprising women have always inspired the creativity of Cartier.

Joining forces with the Women’s Forum, INSEAD and McKinsey & Company, Cartier created in 2006 the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, an annual international business plan competition to accompany and guide initiatives by women entrepreneurs.

The Awards will be given this year to six Laureates one by geographical region, who will receive a year of coaching, US$20,000 in funding, valuable networking opportunities as well as media exposure. The six world regions are Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East & North Africa, and Asia-Pacific.

Applications will be accepted until February 27, 2015 at 10am Paris time (CET).

Entrepreneurs are invited to submit a short business plan using the online application form.

Eligibility Criteria

The business project to be considered for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards must be:

• An original for-profit business creation,

• In the start-up phase: between one and three years of operation,

• The main leadership position must be filled by a woman.

The competition is open to women from any country, nationality and industry.

The Mission

The mission of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is threefold:

• To identify and support women entrepreneurs in the start-up phase through funding and coaching,

• To foster the spirit of enterprise by celebrating role models in entrepreneurship,

• To create an international network of women entrepreneurs and encourage sharing of experience and peer support.


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