Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards for Female Entrepreneurs 2018 (Up to $100,000 Prize)

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards for Female Entrepreneurs 2018 (Up to $100,000 Prize)

Deadline: August 31, 2017

The call for applications for the 2018 edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is now open. The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is looking for committed female entrepreneurs heading initiatives with the potential to grow significantly in the years to come. It is a unique opportunity for early-phase women entrepreneurs to take their companies to the next level.

Since 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards has supported over a 181 female entrepreneurs worldwide. Each year, 18 finalists representing 6 regions (Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Asia-Pacific) are selected during the first round of the competition. These finalists are invited to attend the Awards week in Singapore during which the second round of the competition takes place. After the final jury evaluation, 6 laureates, one for each region, are announced on stage during the Awards ceremony.

The 18 finalists, representing the top 3 projects from each of the 6 regions, will receive:

  • One-to-one personalized business coaching prior to the Awards week;
  • Series of entrepreneurship workshops, knowledge sessions and networking events during the Awards week;
  • Media visibility;
  • A place on the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship 6-Day Executive Programme (ISEP);
  • Networking opportunities through the Cartier Awards community.

Winning Package

  • First prize for the 6 laureates:
    • US $100,000 in prize money
    • One-to-one personalized business mentoring
  • Second prize for the 12 finalists:
    • US $30,000 in prize money


To be considered for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, the project must be an original for-profit business creation in its initial phase (2 to 3 years old) led by a woman;

  • The “for-profit” requirement: Should be designed to generate revenues, non-profit project proposals not accepted;
  • The “originality” requirement: Should be a new concept, wholly conceived by the founder or team, and not a copy or subsidiary of an existing business;
  • The “initial phase” requirement: Should be in the first stages of its development (between 2-3 years);
  • Main leadership position must be filled by a woman, good command of English required (both verbal and written);
  • Legal entry age: 18 or the age of legal majority in country of citizenship (whichever is older) on the day of the application deadline.


To apply to the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, you only need to complete the online application form. In the form, the supporting documentation listed below will be required from you:


  • Resume
  • Scanned copy of business registration
  • Proof of patent (if applicable)
  • Detailed financials


  • Three additional attachments of your choice (logo, images of your product, press articles).
  • These documents must be submitted as attachments along with your application form in the “Attachments” section and cannot be sent separately by e-mail.

For more information, visit Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.