On Mar 26, Cartier announced the 21 finalists of the Cartier Women’s Initiative, an initiative by the French luxury house to empower women who are using their business for good. But at this stage, all are already winners. All 21 will be awarded financial advisory services, one to one strategy coaching, media visibility, international networking opportunities, as well as a place on an INSEAD executive education programme.
However, the 7 laureates, who will be announced in early June 2020, will be bagging a cash prize on top of all that – the laureate from each region will take home US$100,000, while the second and third runner ups will receive US$30,000.
For the past 14 years, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has supported female entrepreneurs from 56 countries whose businesses have a strong and sustainable social and environmental impact as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. But this year alone saw 1200 applications from 162 countries, and it was the first time that countries like Australia, Benin, Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden were represented.
“At Cartier, we believe it is crucial to support young businesses and start-ups through to a more stable period. And this is what we intend to keep doing, fully aware that these women are making a concrete and durable impact, therefore paving the way for a better future,” said Cyrille Vigneron, president and CEO of Cartier International.
Here at the 6 women from the APAC region who made it this far.