Cartier Woman Awards

Cartier Woman’s Initiative Awards :

International business plan competition for women

Regional Finals: Asia

Global Finals: Deauville, France

Application Date: October 2009 – February 2010

US$20 000 of funding, one year of coaching , networking opportunities and media exposure.

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition for women created by Cartier and the Women’s Forum with the support of the consulting firm McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school. Five female entrepreneurs, one per continent, are awarded annually. Each of them receive coaching support for a full year, a US$ 20 000 grant and an exclusive Trophy designed by Cartier. Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards offer not only financial help but also unique coaching for the top candidates of the competition during the months preceding the Finals. These fifteen Finalists are also invited to attend the Awards Ceremony held at the Annual Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum in Deauville, France, which gathers over 1000 participants from 60 countries.

Success Stories

Laureates 2007 for Asia
GreenMango, an online venture started by Nandini Pandhi and Yasmina McCarty,? is attempting to change the way business is done in the informal economy by creating a virtual marketplace where low-income entrepreneurs and their consumers can find each other. GreenMango is a search platform where shoppers can browse through virtual, personalized storefronts of local vendors. Unlike any existing local search engine or directory service, GreenMango goes a step further by providing each shopper with vendor reviews from people they know and trust. It brings the collective knowledge of your social network into your shopping experience online.

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