Selected among over 1,000 candidates, each laureate presented businesses that demonstrate creativity, financial sustainability and social impact. They win the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards trophy, one year of personalised coaching and US$20,000 of funding. The Laureates of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are chosen by an independent and voluntary Jury composed of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

- Laureate for Latin America: Bel Pesce, FazINOVA, Brazil.
Courses to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial values.
- Laureate for North America: Eleni Antoniadou, Transplants Without Donors, USA.
Artificial organs for transplants.
- Laureate for Europe: Carla Delfino, Imperial Europe, Italy.
Eco-friendly rodent repellent.
- Laureate for Sub-Saharan Africa: Achenyo Idachaba, MitiMeth, Nigeria.
Homewear and accessories woven from aquatic weeds.
- Laureate for Middle East and North Africa: Mariam Hazem, Reform Studio, Egypt.
Plastic bags upcycled into chic designs.
- Laureates for Asia-Pacific: Diana Jue & Jackie Stenson, Essmart Global, India.
Distribution of life-improving technologies to rural population.

‘The Car tier Women’s Initiative Awards recompense entrepreneurs whose spirit of community drives them to improve people’s lives and livelihoods. They deserve our recognition for the innovation, passion and generosity they bring to business,’ said Stanislas de Quercize, President & CEO, Cartier International.

Created in 2006 by Cartier and the Women’s Forum for the Economy and
Society, in partnership with INSEAD business school and McKinsey & Co.,
the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is an annual international business
plan competition for women entrepreneurs. Every year, six Laureates receive
US$20,000, coaching support for a full year, access to international networks
and media visibility and an exclusive trophy designed by Cartier.
To date, the competition has supported over 140 women leading 129 businesses across the globe.