14 August 2019.






Since 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has supported 219 female entrepreneurs worldwide. Each year, 21 finalists representing 7 regions (Latin America & the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, East Asia and South Asia & Oceania) are selected during the first round of the competition.

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The 21 finalists, representing the top 3 businesses from each of the 7 regions, will receive:

  • One-to-one personalized business coaching prior to the Awards week.
  • a series of business coaching workshops and networking sessions during the Awards week.
  • media visibility for the finalists and their businesses in the months leading up to the Awards week.
  • interview opportunities with local & international press during the Awards week.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Entrepreneurship

Required Languages


Eligible Countries

All world countries.

Program Period

The lead entrant must commit to dedicating 3 – 4 hours/week virtually from January to April to participate in the Cartier programme, can commit to submitting deliverables on time, and can attend 1 week of in-person workshops in early May.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • English proficiency: A good command of the English language is required (both verbal and written).
  • Eligible for the business should that have a proven business model and be in the initial phase of its development and growth (between 1-5 years of licensed/registered operations).

  • The Cartier Women’s Initiative caps the funds raised to US$2 million in order to ensure that the businesses selected fall within a similar stage of development.

  • Eligible for an impact-driven business is a business that seeks to create strong, sustainable and measurable social and/or environmental impact.
  • The business must align with at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • They accept applications from businesses that are headed by several cofounders. However, the business can be represented by a woman only, either in the capacity of General Manager, Director or CEO and must own significant stake in the business.
  • If a business is led by two or more female co-founders, only one of the co-founders can represent the business during the Cartier Women’s Initiative programme.
  • They accept only early-stage businesses that have been registered as independent companies and are not affiliated in any way with an established corporation or a similar women’s initiative program.
  • our project must be an original business creation, wholly conceived by the team; a completely new concept, meaning it cannot be a buy-back, off-shoot, or a subsidiary of an existing concept.
  • you may apply for the Cartier Women’s Initiative programme as an individual. In the application form, fill in only the part on the lead entrant.
  • Please note that your business needs to have been operational for at least one year and generating revenue to be eligible.
  • You must also own significant stake in the business and be able to provide proof.
  • You will be asked to share an up-to-date capitalization table with your application form.
  • Legal entry age: The lead entrant must be 18 or the age of legal majority in country of citizenship (whichever is older) on the day of the application deadline..

Opportunity Cost



  • The 7 laureates (1 from each region) will receive:

US$ 100 000 in prize money.

  • The 14 finalists (the two runners-up from each region) will receive:

US$ 30 000 in prize money.

AWARDS PACKAGE: In addition to the prize money, all 21 finalists will be awarded:

  • A scholarship to attend the six-day INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Executive Education Programme (pending admission to the programme based on eligibility criteria and selection process.)
  • Ongoing support for the further growth and development of their business.
  • One-to-one personalized business coaching prior to the Awards week
  • A series of business coaching workshops and networking sessions during the Awards week.
  • Media visibility for the finalists and their businesses in the months leading up to the Awards week
  • interview opportunities with local & international press during the Awards week.

How to Apply

First Step: In order to complete your application, you must submit the following attachments:

  • Your resume.
  • Your business registration document.
  • Your pitch deck: there is no specific form for the pitch deck, just submit one that you have that describes your impact business. This can be an investor presentation or a product presentation. (no more than 15 pages max.)
  • A link to a 1 min video of yourself (optional): The video should help the selection committee gain a sense of your character.
  • 3 additional attachments (optional): image of product, brochure, press, articles, research, etc.

Second Step: Review the application form questions and tips here and here to complete your application properly.

Third Step: Before you start to fill in your application, please make sure that your business meets all of our eligibility criteria in here and register to fill the application.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Bahi-eldin Yasser/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Eman Fadel Ali/ Egypt

& Egypt/ Rahaf Elkhodary”
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MARJ3 Scholarships team