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This Program is Giving Away $100K in Funding to Women-Owned Businesses

2017 Cartier Women's Initiative Awards winners
2017 Cartier Women's Initiative Awards winners
The Cartier Women's Initiative Awards is an international business plan competition created in 2006 to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. Since their inception, they have accompanied 162 promising female business-owners and recognized 58 Laureates.

Every year, the program looks for committed female entrepreneurs heading initiatives with the potential to grow significantly in the years to come. It is a unique opportunity for early-phase women entrepreneurs to take their companies to the next level.

6 first prize laureates will win $100,000 in grant funding for their business, and one-on-one personalized business mentoring. In addition, 12 finalists will win $30,000 in funding for their business


To be considered for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, the project must be an original for-profit business creation in its initial phase (2 to 3 years old) led by a woman.
  • The "for-profit" requirement: should be designed to generate revenues, non-profit project proposals not accepted
  • The "originality" requirement: should be a new concept, wholly conceived by the founder or team, and not a copy or subsidiary of an existing business
  • The "initial phase" requirement: should be in the first stages of its development (between 2-3 years)
  • Main leadership position must be filled by a woman, good command of English required (both verbal and written)
  • Legal entry age: 18 or the age of legal majority in country of citizenship (whichever is older) on the day of the application deadline

How to apply:

To apply, interested women must complete the online application form and submit a resume, a scanned copy of business registration, proof of patent (if applicable), and their detailed financials.

Optionally, they can also submit three additional attachments of your choice (logo, images of your product, press articles...)

Applications by mail will not be accepted. Only online applications submitted through the website at and received in the official format are accepted.

The deadline to apply this year is August 31, 2017.