Finalists announced for 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards


The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, an international business plan competition created in 2006 to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs, has announced the finalists for the 2017 edition.


The 18 finalists were chosen from nearly 1900 applicants from more than 120 countries.

The finalists distinguished themselves by the impact they are making in ensuring food security for the future; leveraging technology to connect communities and empower

individuals; enhancing the healthcare and social care systems; and optimizing the use of resources towards sustainability


Prizes in the amount of $100,000 – a five-fold increase over last year – will be awarded in a ceremony on 12 April 2017 at the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore.


The Cartier Women's Initiative Awards are a joint partnership project initiated by Cartier, the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school. Last year the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards celebrated its 10-year anniversary with plenary sessions and a gala dinner at Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2016.


“In less than a decade, the Cartier Awards has grown from attracting 360 to nearly 2000 applications,” said Cyrille Vigneron, CEO of Cartier. “With a growth in both the quantity and the quality of the businesses applying, the initiative has become a transformative step in the lives of 162 women entrepreneurs in over 45 countries.”


The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards aim to encourage inspirational women entrepreneurs worldwide to solve contemporary global challenges by:


  • supporting and recognizing creative women who are making concrete contributions to finding solutions for the future of our planet
  • bringing these business solutions to the largest audience possible.


The call for applications for the 2018 edition of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards is expected to begin in April/May 2017.