Since 2006, these Awards have sought to identify, support and encourage startup projects created by women entrepreneurs from all across the world and right now, they’re looking for entries for this year’s comp.
So...here’s what you need to know:
To be eligible for entry, you’ve got to be female, aged 18 or over and occupy the main leadership role within the startup. Your startup must be designed to generate revenue ( no non-profits here!) and must be an original business - an entirely new or innovative concept. It’s got to be still in an early stage which in this case is deemed to be between 1-3 years old.
Meet that criteria? Then your entry will be assessed on its creativity, sustainability and impact. The Jury will be looking at everything from how innovative your business concept is through to the potential that it has for long terms success and future growth. How you pitch your initiative in your application is important too though - you’ll need to be clear, concise and convey real passion about your business. The fact that this is a competition which is run over 6 continents surely reinforces the fact that your pitch ought to be the best it can possibly be!
There are 3 finalists chosen from each continent and each of these will receive one-to-one personalized business coaching for 4 months, extensive networking opportunities and invaluable media exposure. 6 winners are then selected and these ‘Laureates’ receive an additional year of coaching to hep them develop their businesses further as well as a financial boost of US $20,000. Not to be sniffed at!
Fancy applying? You’d best get on it! Entries must be in by 10 a.m. (Paris time) on February 28th. The application form and lots more info can be found on the Cartier Women’s Initiative site.
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