Founded in 2006 by Cartier, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD Business School, the Cartier Women’s Initiative is an annual business competition that is open to women-run impact-driven businesses in any country and industry sector. The Cartier Women’s Initiative aims to encourage inspirational women entrepreneurs worldwide to solve contemporary global challenges. Every year, three finalists are selected from the following seven regions: Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East & North Africa, East Asia and South Asia & Oceania.

LATIN AMERICA

 


TATIANA PIMENTA
Brazil, Vittude

Her project: An online mental health platform connecting psychologists with patients seeking therapy for stress, anxiety or depression.


MARCELA TORRES
Mexico, Holacode

Her project: A boot camp offering coding and software training to returnees, refugees and deportees in Mexico.


LIZA PAOLA VELARDE CALVILLO
Mexico, Technologies Delee Mexico

Her project: A blood test that detects the presence of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in cancer patients, enabling physicians to better monitor progress of the disease.

NORTH AMERICA

 

EMILY LEVY
USA, Mighty Well

Her project: Functional and stylish apparel and accessories catering to the needs of people with long-term illness.


RAN MA
USA, Siren

Her project: Smart socks for diabetics made of Neurofabric, a proprietary technology fitted with micro-sensors to monitor foot temperature and guard against foot ulcers.


MARGARET MAGDESIAN
Canada, Ananda Devices

Her project: Customized models of nervous system tissues using stem cell and organ-on-a-chip technology to speed up and improve drug development for neurological diseases.

EUROPE

 

ZINEB AGOUMI
France, EzyGain

Her project: An affordable space-saving gait rehabilitation device that secures patients at the pelvis and monitors their progress.


SYLKE HOEHNEL
Switzerland, SUN Bioscience

Her project: A medical hardware device that cultivates organoids, mini-organs derived from stem cells, to provide personalized drug efficacy tests.


TRACY O'ROURKE
Ireland, Vivid Edge

Her project: Energy efficiency project management services for corporations and large-scale businesses.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

 

MANKA ANGWAFO
Cameroon, Grassland Cameroon

Her project: Asset-based affordable funding service offering smallholder farmers a comprehensive package of training, farm inputs and access to market.


CAITLIN DOLKART
Kenya, Flare

Her project: A subscription-based platform offering efficient access to emergency response services by mapping ambulance providers and connecting them to its dispatch center.


CHEBET LESAN
Kenya, BrightGreen Renewable Energy

Her project: Affordable charcoal briquettes made from post-harvest agricultural biomass waste, sold for cooking and heating purposes.

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

 

REINE ABBAS
Lebanon, Spica Tech

Her project: Video game development classes and online sessions for children aged 6 to 16.


ALINE SARA
Lebanon, NaTakallam

Her project: An online tutoring platform that connects Arabic-speaking refugees with learners across the world.


HIBAH SHATA
UAE, Maharat Learning Center

Her project: A learning center offering behavioral therapy and educational support to children and young adults with special needs.

EAST ASIA

 

YEON JEONG CHO
South Korea, SAY Global

Her project: An online language school that trains retired seniors in Korea and connects them to Korean language learners worldwide.


SAAYA NAKAYAMA
Japan, SHE Inc.

Her project: On-site subscription-based digital and creative skills training, co-working and job placement services for a new generation of Japanese women.


CLAIRE YAN
China, Cobbler's Suggest

Her project: Online leather goods repair service that reduces environmental waste and boosts income for artisanal cobblers.

SOUTH ASIA & OCEANIA

 

CARMINA BAYOMBONG
Philippines, InvestEd

Her project: An investment platform providing student loans to underserved youth using a proprietary credit rating algorithm.


PRIYA PRAKASH
India, HealthSetGo Services

Her project: Comprehensive health services for schools encompassing health education, medical assessments, insurance services and health infrastructures.


FARIEL SALAHUDDIN
Pakistan, Uptrade

Her project: A bartering service enabling off-grid rural communities to exchange livestock for solar-powered water pumps and home systems.