The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is an international competition based on business plans by women, created in 2006 by Cartier and the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society with the support of the consulting firm McKinsey & Company and INSEAD Business School.

Each year, six Laureates are awarded US$20,000 in funding, personalized coaching for one year, networking and visibility opportunities.

The Laureates are chosen for the excellence and feasibility of their business and for the potential impact of their projects on the lives of human beings or on the environment. Among a wide range of business solutions, be it in the domains of education, environmental protection or the potential of pharmaceutical uses, one common theme stands out – the clever and innovative strategies these young women are developing to advance these fields and circumvent existing challenges. These entrepreneurs impress with their astute inventiveness and creative use of technology.

Starting with barely a dozen finalists in 2007, now over 150 today, this community has a life and a momentum of its own. Cartier, INSEAD, McKinsey & Company and the Women’s Forum serve as catalysts to bring it together, but these enterprising women do the rest! Bringing people together to share their knowledge and generosity builds a spirit of community that we hold dear.