Six women entrepreneurs won the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards of 2013

On 18th October 2013, six women entrepreneurs won the prestigious Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards at the Annual Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum in Deauville in France. Coming from different regions of the world, the Laureates were rewarded for their creative and audacious start-up business projects that demonstrate creativity, financial sustainability and social responsibility.

Created in 2006 by Cartier and the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, in partnership with McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is an annual international business plan competition for women entrepreneurs. Every year, an international jury composed of high-profile entrepreneurs and business experts select 6 inspiring women whose businesses make an impact on the society.

Selected among over 1000 candidates from around the world, the six Laureates receive an exclusive trophy designed by Cartier, a 20,000 US Dollars of funding, one year of personalized coaching support as well as access to international networks and media visibility via the Women’s Forum.


The six Laureates of the 2013 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are:

  • Latin America: Gabriela Maldonado, Jugando Aprendo, Guatemala
  • North America: Priyanka Bakaya, PK Clean, USA
  • Europe: Leonora O’Brien, Pharmapod, Ireland
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Bilikiss Adebiyi, Wecyclers, Nigeria
  • Middle-East and North Africa: Sima Najjar,, Jordan
  • Asia-Pacific: Namita Banka, Banka Bioloo, India

Have an insight of the Cartier Awards by viewing the videos and pictures of the 2013 Ceremony :

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The competition is open to women from any country, nationality and industry. The candidates can apply from 4th November 2013 until 28 February 2014 by completing the online application form at

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