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Meet the 21 finalists for 2019 Cartier Women's Initiative Awards

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Since 2006, Cartier has been partnering with INSEAD business school and McKinsey & Company to empower women entrepreneurs from different fields with the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards (CWIA). 

Back for another year in 2019, the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards has grown from 360 to nearly 3000 applicants in less than a decade, where it supports women who contribute significant impact across different industries such as science, health and education.

With the growth in both quality and quantity, Cartier has supported 184 companies and approximately 80% of them are still running today. For the 2019 edition, Cartier increased the number of finalists from 18 candidates in 2018 to 21 of them.

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And this year, Cartier will be flying the 21 finalists to the Awards Week Programme, set to take place in San Francisco, where seven laureates, each for one region, will be awarded. This also marks the first time Cartier extended to seven regions, where Asia-Pacific is divided into two regions – Far East Asia and Southeast Asia & Oceania.

Themed 'The Ripple Effect', the 2019 ceremony will be paying tribute to men and women entrepreneurs who push the boundaries of what is possible within their communities and the broader society and CWIA will also continue its partnership with TED this year to host conversations and interactive session to inspire more talents during the Awards Week Programme.

Swipe the gallery to meet the 21 finalists now:


For all 21 finalists, each of them has received a winning package that includes personalised business coaching, entrepreneur workshops, enrolment in an INSEAD programme and US$30,000, while the seven laureates crowned in San Francisco will receive an additional US$100,000 in prize money.

The 7 laureates will be announced at the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards ceremony on 2 May 2019, at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Watch this space for more updates on the awards.

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