The Cartier Women’s Initiative, an international entrepreneurship program that aims to drive change by empowering women impact entrepreneurs, is coming to Israel.
The company has partnered with Tech It Forward, the Israeli agency that aims to be “an innovation bridge maker” between Israeli startups and global firms, to bring the program’s 2023 edition to the country. It aims to find women-led businesses, women-led for-profit startups, and female researchers from various fields to join the initiative.
“After 15 years of running this impactful program worldwide, Cartier has decided to make the strategic decision to launch the initiative in Israel, as one of the leading and most innovative ecosystems worldwide,” Jennifer Elias, Tech It Forward co-founder, tells NoCamels.
First, second, and third place awardees will receive grants, with no condition of equity, of $100,000, $60,000, and $30,000, respectively. Winners will also receive tailored mentoring, coaching, media visibility, and networking opportunities from INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Program and/or Executive Education Program.
Founded in 2006 as part of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, the initiative is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aims to generate a strong and sustainable social and/or environmental impact. Unlike many similar programs, the initiative is also open to individual female scientists working on breakthrough innovations in addition to impact startups.
In the 15 years since the initiative’s establishment, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has recognized and supported 262 women from 62 countries working in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, e-learning, and agriculture.
“We are proud of the women impact entrepreneurs whose actions are rippling around the world. We are confident that with their vision, passion, and drive, and a worldwide network of allies, what lies ahead is nothing less than a global wave of positive change,” the initiative said on its official website.
Applications are open now until June 30th.