Deadline: February 28, 2014

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is 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 & Co., the Awards will be given this year to six Laureates in the following categories: Asia- Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, North America and Sub- Saharan Africa.

Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2014. Entrepreneurs are invited to submit a short business plan using the online application form. The projects must be between one and three years old.

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The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are looking for committed female entrepreneurs heading initiatives with the potential to grow significantly in the years to come. To apply for the 2014 edition, fill out the application form on

All applications must be submitted online in English.

Application deadline: February 28, 2014 at 10am Paris time (CET).

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 France for the Finale week which includes a presentation in front of the international Jury, entrepreneurship workshops and the Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum.

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

Eligibility 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 one 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.

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


Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

Tel: +33 1 58 18 10 28