Be the Next Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Laureate

What is Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards? It is a competition for women entrepreneurs.  An annual international business plan competition where each year, the Laureates will receive US$20,000 and coaching support for 12 months.  The Laureates definitely will have HUGE advantages because they will have access to international network that will help their business grow, not only locally but also internationally.  Not to mention, they will be published on international media.

The award was created in 2006, and it is a joint partnership between Cartier, the Women’s Forum, INSEAD Business School and Management Consultancy McKinsey & Company. Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards will be given in the following categories : Asia-Pasific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, North America and Sub-Saharan Africa.  So you can imagine how wide the network is.  This is a great opportunity for everyone, everywhere.

The 2012 Edition is the first year when Indonesia sent an applicant to join the competition, and also for the very first time, we won!  ( I can’t help myself but feel proud :) ).  Lianna Gunawan is the Laureate for Asia-Pacific.   She was chosen among 1,000 applicants and was one of the three women to make it to the 2012 finalists.  How cool is that?  Lianna Gunawan is the founder of La Spina Shoes. Probably here in FD you are familiar with her or the brand itself.  Lianna loves shoes, and she produces hand-made shoes, turning a hobby into a business.

Lianna Gunawan

The 6 Laureates of 2012 Cartier Women's Initiative Awards

How To Apply? We encourage every women entrepreneur  to apply.  In the case that you’ve made it as one of the eighteen finalists, you will also receive coaching and media exposure. And the best part is you will also be invited to France in the final week.  So if you have ORIGINAL for-profit business and in the start-up phase (no older than 3 – 4 years),  grab this chance, ladies.  Find the application form, complete the criteria and read the evaluation process at  Application for Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2013 is open until March 11, 2013.