Women entrepreneurs wanted by Cartier

Cartier launches its call for applications for the 2021 edition

Cartier launches its call for applications for the 2021 edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative.

Since 2006, Cartier, in partnership with INSEAD Business School, has been aiming to drive change by empowering women impact entrepreneurs. The mission of the Cartier Women’s Initiative is to shine a light on these women and provide them with the necessary financial, social and human capital support to grow their business and build their leadership skills. The annual international entrepreneurship program is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and/or environmental impact. Since its creation, the program has accompanied 240 promising female entrepreneurs hailing from 56 different countries and has awarded over 3 million USD to support their businesses.

The program is expanding with the creation of a new Award in order to further increase the program´s impact and relevance, starting from the 2021 edition and on top of the 7 existing regional awards, three more women impact entrepreneurs will be recognized. Indeed, the program has launched the Science & Technology Pioneer Award, a new thematic category to support women impact entrepreneurs at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation.

Each of the 8 laureates will be awarded with a US $100,000 in grant; whereas each of the second and third runner-up’s will receive US $30,000. Finally, the 8 laureates and 16 finalists will all receive support on strategic financial thinking, one-on-one strategy mentoring, media visibility and international networking opportunities, as well as the opportunity to join an INSEAD executive education program on scaling social impact.

The call for applications for the 2021 edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative will open on June 4th, 2020 at 2pm (CEST) and close on July 31st, 2020 at 2pm (CEST). For more information about the program, please visit: www.cartierwomensinitiative.com 

The names of the 7 laureates of the Cartier Women’s Initiative 2020 were announced virtually on both the Cartier and the Cartier Women’s Initiative’s websites and social media channels. These laureates were selected by an independent international jury committee amongst 1200 applicants from over 162 countries

The 2020 laureates are making a positive change in the world by promoting good health & well-being, reducing inequalities, building sustainable cities and communities and encouraging responsible consumption and production. And for the first time since the Initiative’s creation in 2006, we are happy to count Danish and Australian women impact entrepreneurs amongst the laureates.

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: Adriana Luna Diaz, Mexico Tierra de Monte

Creates agricultural products that renew biodiversity and soil fertility, fortifies and protects crops, and empowers the farmers who use them.

NORTH AMERICA: Stephanie Benedetto, USA Queen of Raw

A marketplace to buy and sell unused textiles, keeping them out of landfills and turning pollution into profit.

EUROPE: Anna-Sophie Hartvigsen, Denmark Female Invest

Promotes financial gender equality by educating women on investing and personal finances.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Nigeria LifeBank

A medical distribution company that uses data and technology to discover and deliver essential medical products to hospitals in Nigeria.

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: Nadia Gamal El Din, Egypt Rahet Bally

An all-inclusive platform to support Egyptian mothers financially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually, both online and in person.

EAST ASIA: Chunguang (Charlotte) Wang, China Equota Energy (Technology) Shanghai Co Ltd

An energy optimization company that combines artificial intelligence and big data to deliver energy efficiency solutions.

SOUTH ASIA & OCEANIA: Joanne Howarth, Australia Woolpack Australia – Planet Protector Packaging

Manufactures environmentally responsible insulated packaging made from sheep waste wool for transport of temperature-sensitive goods.