Since its inception in 2006, Cartier Women’s Initiative has been shining the spotlight on women who are making waves in their field of work by providing them with financial, social and human capital support. This programme has benefitted many individuals, helping them to grow their business, build their leadership skills as well as maximise their full potential. In fact, 240 female entrepreneurs from 56 countries have been awarded over US$3m to support their women-run businesses that also aim to have a strong and sustainable social and environmental impact.
For this year’s programme, there are 21 finalists in the running. Picked from 1,200 applicants spanning 162 countries (including Australia, Benin, Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden for the first time), seven laureates will be announced in early June 2020.
The laureate from each region will receive US$100,000, while the second and third runner-ups will receive US $30,000. All 21 finalists are also guaranteed a coveted place in INSEAD’s executive programme. More importantly, all the women will benefit from the enviable networking opportunities and the avenues it opens up to.
Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International says in an official statement: “Creating opportunities for women and empowering them is not only what we believe is right, it also tells who we are — a Maison both anchored in reality and open to the world, thus perfectly aware of our responsibility. A responsibility all the more important given these uncertain times. At Cartier, we believe it is crucial to support young businesses and start-ups through to a more stable period. And this is what we intend to keep doing, fully aware that these women are making a concrete and durable impact, therefore paving the way for a better future.”
For more information on the programme and footage of the fellows, please visit here.