Recognizing entrepreneurial women: Cartier Women's Initiative Awards

Recognizing entrepreneurial women: Cartier Women's Initiative Awards

10 golden years

Text: Su Fen Tan

Are you a woman and an entrepreneur with a vision to solve contemporary global challenges?

If you say yes to all of the above, or know someone who does, and want to make a difference, a place in the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards may be perfect for you. This is an annual international business plan competition held by Cartier and the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society, in partnership with INSEAD business school and McKinsey & Co.


The Cartier Women's Initiative Awards aims to encourage women entrepreneurs worldwide who have a vision for business solutions with a focus on social and environmental sustainability. From the initial business plan submissions, 18 finalists will be selected based on the top three proposed projects from each region: Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, North Africa and Asia-Pacific.


The finalists will participate in the final round of competition, which includes drawing a detailed business plan and presenting their projects in front of a jury. From that stage, six outstanding laureates (one from each region) will be selecting, and they will receive US$20,000, coaching support for one year, access to international networks, media visibility and an exclusive trophy designed by Cartier.


However, in celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Cartier Women's Initiative Award 2017 is significantly raising the prize money to US$100,000. Besides that, each laureate will gain a place in the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship 6-Day Executive Programme (ISEP). The upcoming awards will take place in Singapore in April 2017. Our neighbouring country down South is set to host the coaching sessions, final round of the competition, the press conference and the prestigious awards ceremony.


Want to be a changemaker and make a positive impact in the world? Time to let the entrepreneurial spirit in you shine. Submit a short business plan over here before 31 August, 2016 - who knows, you might just become the next laureate from Asia-Pacific!


See what past laureates has to say about the awards here:

For more information, visit the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards website.