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Cartier Seeks Innovative Women Entrepreneurs With $100,000 Up for Grabs

Application deadline: August 14

The Cartier Women’s Initiative is looking for motivated women entrepreneurs and businesses leaders with the potential to grow exponentially in the years to come. Created in 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative (CWI) is a global annual business competition created to support and encourage women-led business projects.

The initiative aims to encourage inspirational women entrepreneurs worldwide to solve contemporary global challenges, and recognizing creative women who are making concrete contributions to finding solutions for the future of our planet. Since it's inception in 2006, the initiative has accompanied 219 promising female business-owners and 77 recognised laureates aiming to drive change and break barriers in their respective industries. The event will be held in partnership with Businessita WE, a women empowerment organisation that provides solutions to help identify the best female-led social entreprises in the region, merging passion with hard work, guaranteeing financial sustainability in order to build a community of strong women capable of achieving their goals and making their dreams a reality.

The event will be held in Boston, USA, in May of 2020. The 21 finalists, representing the top three businesses from each of the seven regions (North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia, South Asia and Oceania) will receive business and financial coaching workshops, networking sessions, media visibility with local and international press, and the chance to win $100,000 in prize money.

Additionally, the finalists will be granted the opportunity to attend the six-day INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Executive Education Programme, and ongoing support throughout the development of their business.

Former winners include Sara and Kristina Hannig Nour of "Sara and Lara's Basket," an organic farm that provides sustainable and environmentally-friendly produce growth, and Samira Negm of "Raye7," a ridesharing and transportation services suited for developing countries.

For more information, on the eligibility criteria and how to apply, click here.


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