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.
Her project: An online mental health platform connecting psychologists with patients seeking therapy for stress, anxiety or depression.
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.
USA, Mighty Well
Her project: Functional and stylish apparel and accessories catering to the needs of people with long-term illness.
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.
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.
Her project: An affordable space-saving gait rehabilitation device that secures patients at the pelvis and monitors their progress.
Switzerland, SUN Bioscience
Her project: A medical hardware device that cultivates organoids, mini-organs derived from stem cells, to provide personalized drug efficacy tests.
Ireland, Vivid Edge
Her project: Energy efficiency project management services for corporations and large-scale businesses.
Cameroon, Grassland Cameroon
Her project: Asset-based affordable funding service offering smallholder farmers a comprehensive package of training, farm inputs and access to market.
Her project: A subscription-based platform offering efficient access to emergency response services by mapping ambulance providers and connecting them to its dispatch center.
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
Lebanon, Spica Tech
Her project: Video game development classes and online sessions for children aged 6 to 16.
Her project: An online tutoring platform that connects Arabic-speaking refugees with learners across the world.
UAE, Maharat Learning Center
Her project: A learning center offering behavioral therapy and educational support to children and young adults with special needs.
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.
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.
China, Cobbler's Suggest
Her project: Online leather goods repair service that reduces environmental waste and boosts income for artisanal cobblers.
SOUTH ASIA & OCEANIA
Her project: An investment platform providing student loans to underserved youth using a proprietary credit rating algorithm.
India, HealthSetGo Services
Her project: Comprehensive health services for schools encompassing health education, medical assessments, insurance services and health infrastructures.
Her project: A bartering service enabling off-grid rural communities to exchange livestock for solar-powered water pumps and home systems.