Cartier Women’s Initiative – Supporting Women Around the World

The Cartier Women’s Initiative is an annual international Entrepreneurship Programme that aims to bring upon change by empowering women entrepreneurs who create high impacts. The initiative equips these entrepreneurs with the financial, social and human capital required to build their leadership skills and grow their businesses.

Since its inception in 2006, the programme has embraced women-owned businesses internationally for as long as those businesses aim to have a significant and sustainable social or environmental impact. Cartier has received over 20,000 applications in the last 14 years.The international luxury maison has given support to promising female entrepreneurs from 56 different nations, awarding over US$3 million (RM12.28 million) to support their efforts.

“In less than a decade, the Cartier Awards has grown from attracting 360 to 1,200 applications per year. With the growth in both the quantity and the quality of the businesses applying, the initiative has become a transformative step in the lives of 240 women entrepreneurs,” says Cyrille Vigneron, CEO of Cartier International.

Each year, the Regional Awards recognises 21 talented women impact entrepreneurs, using their businesses to do good. These women come from every corner of the globe, including Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle and North Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and Oceania.

In 2020, seven women entrepreneurs earned the initiative’s support for launching start-ups that drive change and growth within their communities and beyond. Each of the seven laureates received US$100,000 (RM409,450) in funds. An additional 14 finalists, second and third runners- up for each region, received US$30,000 (RM122,840) in recognition for their efforts.

The Cartier Women’s Initiative 2021 introduces the Science & Technology Pioneer Award, gearing up for more world-changing efforts. Three women at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation will have the opportunity to access funds and gain recognition for this new thematic award. Open to all women entrepreneurs, this award highlights disruptive solutions centred on unique, protected, or hard-to-reproduce technological or scientific advances. The top laureate will be awarded US$100,000 (RM409,450) in grant, with the two remaining finalists receiving US$30,000 (RM122,840) in capital each.
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Cartier Women’s Initiative Science & Technology Pioneer Award
More than ever, we need to fuel innovation by women. This new award is especially dedicated to recognising women impact entrepreneurs at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation. Open to women entrepreneurs from any country and sector, this award will highlight disruptive solutions built around unique, protected, or hard-to-reproduce technological or scientific advances that require heavy R&D, a long commercialization cycle, high capital intensity, technology risk, and complexity.
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