The global competition, launched in 2006 by Cartier in conjunction with the Women's Forum, McKinsey & Co. and INSEAD business school, was set up to identify, support and encourage projects by female entrepreneurs in their most vulnerable phase – women entrepreneurs starting-up.
Since their establishment in 2006, the Awards have supported over 125 promising female business-owners and given recognition to a further 38 Laureates.
From a shortlist of 18, six Laureates globally, one from each region, received the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award, along with $20,000 in funding, a full year of coaching, lifetime access to the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards community and unique networking and visibility opportunities.
The six 2014 laureates have been announced as:
LAUREATE 2014 FOR LATIN AMERICA – Bel Pesce, FazINOVA, BRAZIL
LAUREATE 2014 FOR NORTH AMERICA – Eleni Antoniadou, Transplants Without Donors, UNITED STATES
LAUREATE 2014 FOR EUROPE – Carla Delfino, Imperial Europe, ITALY
LAUREATE 2014 FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA – Achenyo Idachaba, MitiMeth, NIGERIA
LAUREATES 2014 FOR ASIA-PACIFIC – Diana Jue & Jackie Stenson, Essmart Global, INDIA
LAUREATE 2014 FOR MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA – Mariam Hazem, Reform Studio, EGYPT