Female entrepreneurs from all over the world are called upon to enter the 2015 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards competition which is ‘aimed at supporting creative, financially sustainable and responsible women-led companies, in all countries and industries.’

The selection of the finalists and laureates of the competition is done by an independent international Jury of entrepreneurs, investors, business executives and other profiles engaged in the support of female entrepreneurship.

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 “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 years.
  • 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.

To apply click HERE.

For more information click HERE

Watch a video clip from the awards last year.

Evaluation Criteria

The Jury evaluates the projects based on criteria of creativity, sustainability (potential for growth) and impact.

View the composition of the Jury.
More advice on how to present an effective business proposal in our toolbox section.
To understand what the Jury is looking for, take a look at our past laureates.

Evaluation Process

In the first phase of the competition, the Jury examines the application forms and selects the top three candidates per region who become « finalists » of the Award. The finalists are coached to move into the next phase.

In the second phase, the Jury evaluates the detailed business plans and oral pitches of each finalist. Based on the quality of the written and oral parts, one Laureate for each of the six regions(*) is selected.

The announcement of the Laureates takes place in October each year at the Annual Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum in Deauville, France.

 

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