Cartier has unveild the 2018 finalists for its Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.
The 18 finalists were selected from 2800 applications that were submitted from over 130 countries, double the number that were received last year.
The Awards have been held since 2006 in partnership with the INSEAD Business School and McKinsey & Company as part of the watch and jewellery brand’s commitment to supporting women entrepreneurs and creative excellence around the world.
The international competition has a strong record of contributing to the global economy by discovering, supporting and mentoring entrepreneurs who are making concrete contributions to finding effective and affordable solutions to world challenges.
Among this year’s finalists are women who are ensuring safe and dignified sanitation everywhere, improving healthcare and social care systems, and optimizing the use of technology in youth education.
“In a decade, this initiative truly has made an impact: out of 198 finalists creating over 6000 jobs, 80% are still in activity, which is an amazing rate for start-ups. This is why we decided to scale it up and to give it even more scope and a higher prize as well as more recognition. With the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, our Maison aims to contribute to women’s empowerment efforts worldwide, and thus mirror Cartier’s values : curiosity, audacity, caring for others and willpower to lead the change. Sharing these women’s dreams and lives is part of who we are” says Cyrille Vigneron, CEO of Cartier International.
The 18 finalists, featured in the video above, will be invited to the INSEAD Campus in Singapore, to participate in the Awards week program
The laureates will be announced at the international Cartier Awards ceremony, on April 26 2018, at the Capella, in Singapore. The event will host a specially curated TED session featuring a series of live conversations between women entrepreneurs and thought leaders about making concrete contributions towards effective and affordable solutions to today’s most pressing challenges, for future generations.
The 18 finalists will all receive personalized business coaching, media visibility, networking opportunities as well as a place on the INSEAD Executive Program (ISEP). Second prize for the 12 finalists : they will be awarded US$ 30,000. Finally, the 6 laureates will be awarded US$ 100,000 and one-to-one personalized business mentoring.