Cartier Women's Initiative Awards 2011


Application deadline


Competition Organizer

Cartier, The Women's Forum, INSEAD business school, and McKinsey & Company

Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Women or Minority-owned
  • Business - Global
Who's Eligible
  1. All entrants must be aged 18 or the age of legal majority in their respective countries or states of citizenship, whichever is older
  2. Business must be an original for-profit business creation
  3. The main leadership position must be filled by a woman.
Important Dates

The application deadline for the 2011 competition is March 15, 2011. Finalists will be selected in June of 2011 and will be asked to submit business plans in September of 2011. The winners, or Laureates, are selected in October of 2011. Specific dates are still to be announced.

Competition Prizes

One Laureate for each of the five regions - Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America is selected and receives a unique and comprehensive support package: US $20,000 of funding, one year of coaching, networking opportunities and media exposure.

Other Info

This competition involves two rounds:

  • Round 1: 3 finalists from each of the five regions are chosen based on their short business plans. They receive coaching from experienced business people to prepare for the next round.
  • Round 2: The finalists submit a detailed business plan and present their projects to a jury. Five winners are then chosen.