2014 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards – International Business Plan Competition

2014 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards – International Business Plan Competition

Deadline: February 28, 2014

Applications for the 2014 Edition of the Cartier Awards are now open. The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. Cartier seeks EXCEPTIONAL FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS who are heading initiatives with the potential to grow significantly in the years to come. Women entrepreneurs in the initial stages of development, in any country, of any nationality and operating in any industry are welcome to submit their application.

The mission of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is threefold:

  • To identify and support initial-phase women entrepreneurs through funding
  • and coaching
  • To foster the spirit of enterprise by celebrating role models in entrepreneurship
  • To create an international network of women entrepreneurs and encourage
  • peer networking

Award Benefits

Based on the quality of the plan and the persuasiveness of the verbal presentation, one Laureate for each of the six regions (Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Asia-Pacific) is selected and receives a unique and comprehensive support package: US $ 20 000 of funding, one year of coaching, networking opportunities and media exposure.

Eligibility Criteria

The project to be considered for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards must be an original for-profit business creation in the initial phase (1-3 years old) led by a woman.

  • The main leadership position must be filled by a woman. A good command of English is required (both verbal and written) to take full advantage of the benefits the Award has to offer.
  • All entrants must be aged 18 or the age of legal majority in their respective countries or states of citizenship, whichever is older, on the day of the application deadline.
  • The “for-profit” requirement: the business submitted for the Award must be designed to generate revenues. We do not accept non-profit project proposals.
  • The “originality” requirement: we want your project to be a new concept, conceived and imagined by the founder and her team and not a copy or subsidiary of an existing business.
  • The “initial phase” requirement: the project you submit should be in the first stages of its development with one year of operations and sales to account for but no older than 3-4 years. The ‘age’ of the company will not be measured solely on the basis of the date of incorporation. The development and size of the company will also be taken into account.

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