The social entrepreneurship competition was created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women's Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business schooll. Its aim is to support creative, financially sustainable, and responsible women-led start-ups, in all countries and industries.
The laureates from the 2011 Cartier Women's Initiative Awards.
According to their official website, the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards place a special emphasis on supporting women with an initial-stage idea because they are "the most vulnerable category of entrepreneurs in their most vulnerable phase." Since their inception in 2006, they have accompanied over 75 promising female business-owners and recognized 20 Laureates.
The awards are currently in the "call for applications" phase; they are looking for women leading for-profit responsible enterprises between 1 and 3 years old.
Awards will be given to six laureates who will receive a year of coaching, US$20,000 in funding, valuable networking opportunities, and media exposure.
The final stage of the competition, consisting in a presentation in front of an international Jury, will take place in France during the Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum.
To apply, visit the competition's official website: http://www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/how-to-apply