Created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women’s Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by female entrepreneurs, the awards call for women of any country, nationality and industry to put themselves forward to win $20,000 of funding, a year of personalised business coaching, networking opportunities and media exposure.
Entrants must be women in the initial stages of their business plan and need only to apply via questionnaire and submission of their business plan before 28th February 2014, at 10am Paris time (CET) for a chance to win.
Last year’s winners include Bilikis Adebiyi of Wecyclers (Nigeria) and Sima Najjar of Ekeif.com (Jourdan) – both one of 6 laureattes chosen from the competition’s 6 regions: Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Asia-Pacific.
18 entrants are chosen in an initial round based upon their short business plans, before the finalists are then asked to present their business in front of a jury, who will select 6 overall winners – one from each region.
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