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Applications for the 2012 Edition of the Awards are now closed

In this section, find everything you need to know about the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards’ application process. Women entrepreneurs in the initial stages of development, in any country, of any nationality and operating in any industry are welcome to submit their application. The application period for the 2012 Edition is now closed. The 2013 Edition of the Awards will open in November 2012.

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award offers funding, coaching, networking opportunities and exposure. It is a unique opportunity for early-phase women entrepreneurs to take their companies to the next level.

The Award is designed to maximize the learning experience for candidates, finalists and laureates.

The Cartier Women's Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women's Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.
The mission of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards is threefold:

To identify and support initial-phase women entrepreneurs through funding and coaching
To foster the spirit of enterprise by celebrating role models in entrepreneurship
To create an international network of women entrepreneurs and encourage peer networking
The Cartier Women's Initiative Awards aim to encourage the most vulnerable category of entrepreneurs in their most vulnerable phase: women entrepreneurs starting up. Since their inception in 2006, they have accompanied over 75 promising female business-owners and recognized 20 Laureates.

The annual competition involves two rounds:

Round 1 (in June): The Jury selects 18 Finalists*, the top three projects of each region (Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Asia-Pacific), on the basis of their short business plans. They receive coaching from experienced businesspeople to move to the next round.

Round 2 (in October): The Finalists are invited to France for the final round of competition which includes submitting a detailed business plan and presenting their projects in front of the Jury. They are also invited to the Annual Global Meeting of the Women's Forum.

Based on the quality of the plan and the persuasiveness of the verbal presentation, one Laureate for each of the five regions is selected and receives a unique and comprehensive support package: US $ 20 000 of funding, one year of coaching, networking opportunities and media exposure.

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