Cartier Announces 2024 Women's Initiative Fellows

Cartier Announces 2024 Women’s Initiative Fellows

33 Global Women Entrepreneurs Have Been Selected to Receive Grant Funding and a Mentorship Package

The 2024 fellows of the Cartier Women’s Initiative have been announced, with a total of thirty-three woman entrepreneurs selected for the annual program. These fellows represent the top three businesses for each of the nine regional awards as well as the two thematic awards.

Their selection acknowledges their achievements and contributions in addressing pressing global challenges. Notably, this year marks the first recognition of women impact entrepreneurs from Peru, Morocco, and Vietnam.

The recipients of the first, second, and third place awards for each of the eleven categories will be disclosed during the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Ceremony on May 22 in Shenzhen, China. Winners of the first-place award will receive $100,000 in grant funding, while second and third place awardees will be granted $60,000 and $30,000, respectively. Additionally, all 33 fellows will benefit from tailored mentoring and coaching, media exposure, networking opportunities, and educational courses from INSEAD, a leading business school.

Among the North American finalists are Kyla Bolden, founder of Wiz Kid Learning, Julia Taylor, founder of GeekPack, and Jessica Menon, founder of Equilo. These entrepreneurs have demonstrated initiatives ranging from closing the tech education gap to advancing gender equity through analytics tools.

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award, introduced last year, is the first award category open to all genders. North American fellows for this award include Sadriye Gorece of Blind Look and Erica Cole of No Limbits.

Since its establishment in 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has supported 330 impact entrepreneurs from nearly 70 countries, addressing global challenges through sustainable social and environmental impact. Each year, Cartier provides over $2 million in funding, totaling $9.5 million to finance mission-driven businesses.