Apply for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

January 24, 2015 - Events & Competitions
Apply for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

Cartier seeks exceptional women entrepreneurs!

Competitions like this one are a great opportunity for exposure and can fast-track your learnings – so just go for it! This competition was designed to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. You stand to gain funding, coaching, exposure, and a host of great connections.

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International business plan competition

Why Apply? 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.

Who can apply?  Women entrepreneurs with projects in the initial stages of development, in any country, of any nationality, operating in any industry

The process:

  • Now (deadline February 27th 2015 – 10am CET): Submit your application – including a short business plan
  • June 2015: Jury selects 18 finalists from across the globe, all 18 finalists receive coaching
  • October 2015: Finalists are invited to France for the final round (submit a detailed business plan and present your project in front of the jury. Also invited to the Annual Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum). One laureate from each of the 6 regions is selected, based on the quality of the business plan and persuasiveness of the pitch before the jury.

What can you win?

  • $20 000 USD of funding
  • one year of coaching
  • networking opportunities
  • media exposure

Apply for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards now!


Hear from Previous Winners of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

[one_third last=”no”]Leonora OBrien[/one_third]

[two_third last=”yes”]Leonora O’Brien, Founder of Pharmapod, shares her lessons as an entrepreneur:

“Resilience is a common denominator among all entrepreneurs – you really do need to have unwavering self-belief in yourself & the direction you are going in.” 

Winner of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2013, Laureate for Europe. Read more…



[one_third last=”no”]Cecile Real[/one_third]
[two_third last=”yes”]Cécile Réal, Founder of Endodiag, shares her lessons as an entrepreneur:

“It’s not an easy path but you have to trust yourself. It’s not because some people do things differently to you, that they are right & you are wrong. Be smart, listen to others, then make your own decision & strategy.”  

Winner of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award 2012, Laureate for Europe.  Read more… [/two_third]


[one_third last=”no”]Iba Masood[/one_third]
[two_third last=”yes”] Iba Masood, Founder of Gradberry, shares her lessons as an entrepreneur:

“If you have an idea and can’t afford to give up work, work on it in the evenings and go for it! I truly believe that the only reason the economy is not fully collapsing is because of Entrepreneurs.” 

Winner of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2012, Laureate for the MENA Region.  Read more… [/two_third]


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