Cartier Seeks Exceptional Entrepreneurs

Cartier Seeks Exceptional Entrepreneurs


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 the Women’s Forum, 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.

Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2016. Entrepreneurs are invited to submit a short business plan using the online application form.

Related: Funding And Financial Assistance For SA Women Entrepreneurs

Apply Now

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 2016 edition, fill out the application form on All applications must be submitted online in English.

Application deadline: August 31, 2016 at 10am Paris time (CET). (As it cannot be extended, please verify the corresponding deadline in your time zone. )

What can you win?

Eighteen finalists representing the best projects worldwide will be selected
in the first phase of the contest. They will receive coaching and media exposure
and will be invited to attend the Finale week which includes a presentation in front
of an international Jury and entrepreneurship workshops.

The six Laureates nominated for the Awards receive one year of coaching, US$20 000 in funding, media visibility and networking opportunities.

Winnifred-Selby-CartierEligibility 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 two 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.

Related: Attention Black Entrepreneurs: Start-Up Funding From Government Grants & Funds

Application Form

The questions that feature on the application form are detailed below for reference:

About the team

Contact details and resumes of lead entrant and team members.

About the business

  • Executive summary of the business
  • Project development stage
  • Product or service
  • Sales and distribution strategy
  • Market analysis
  • Competitive environment
  • Management team
  • SWOT analysis
  • Impact of the business
  • Financials.

Appendix and supporting documents Logo, photos of the product, patents, articles…


Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

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