Cartier invites applications for Women’s Initiative Awards

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is putting out its annual call to female entrepreneurs of young businesses. Winning applicants stand to collect funding of US$20,000 as well as coaching and PR opportunities. Abigail Parkin (28 Jan’13)  

Created in 2006 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 is an annual international business plan competition for women entrepreneurs. Every year, six of its ‘Laureates’ receive US$20,000, coaching support for a full year, access to international networks and media visibility and an exclusive trophy designed by Cartier.

The competition is open to entrepreneurs in the initial stages of development, in any country and operating in any industry. Laureates of the past include pharmacist Leonora O’Brien (pictured) who, last year, impressed judges with Pharmapod, her cloud-based software solution for pharmacists. The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is looking for committed female entrepreneurs heading initiatives with the potential to grow significantly in the years to come.

Laureates and finalists will be selected by an independent international jury of entrepreneurs, investors and  business executives. Cartier asks that projects be an original for-profit business creation in the initial phase (1-3 years old) led by a woman. Phase one of the competition sees selection of the top three candidates per region and these  finalists are then coached to move into the next phase where the jury evaluates the detailed business plans and oral pitches of each finalist. Based on the quality of the written and oral parts, one Laureate for each of the six regions is selected.

To apply see: http://www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/how-to-apply

Deadline - February 28, 2014 at 10am Paris time (CET)


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