Testimonials

Curious to know more about the competition?
Take a look at what previous laureates have to say about the Cartier Awards experience.

2007
Antonia Sanin, Laureate 2007 for Latin America

“The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards was a very important experience for me because I was able to write down what I wanted to do in this new phase of my business alongside the support of an expert coach.”

Antonia Sanin, Laureate 2007 for Latin America
2008
Mame Diene, Laureate 2008 for Africa

“We are now well-known everywhere! People come to us because they know about the Cartier Award, it gave us the opportunity to choose our business partners.”

Mame Diene, Laureate 2008 for Africa
2010
Jacqueline Thong, Finalist 2010 for North America

“Definitely do it! The application process takes a bit of work, but it is definitely worth it. I didn’t win the final prize, but the coaching, exposure, and recognition were fantastic, not to mention the week I spent in France getting to know all the other wonderful finalists! 

Jacqueline Thong, Finalist 2010 for North America
2011
Kresse Wesling, Laureate 2011 for Europe

“Drawing up the business plan for the Award made us scrutinise what was truly profitable and discontinue what was not, which we had perhaps been less inclined to face.

Kresse Wesling, Laureate 2011 for Europe
2012
Ting Shih, Laureate 2012 for North America

“The competition has brought me to encounter amazing women entrepreneurs from around the world and I think that there are a lot of more women out there that should join us and benefit from this amazing experience.”

Ting Shih, Laureate 2012 for North America
2013
Gabriela Maldonado, Laureate 2013 for Latin America

“The Cartier Awards helped me realize the potential of my company and its international expansion opportunities, it made me learn new techniques in the workshops to implement immediately.”

Gabriela Maldonado, Laureate 2013 for Latin America
Namita Banka, Laureate 2013 for Asia-Pacific

“Participation in the Cartier Awards gave a lot of learnings and further boosted our self-confidence and morale. The team felt that it has an impetus to grow and help the society.”

Namita Banka, Laureate 2013 for Asia-Pacific
2014

“The Cartier Awards give us the opportunity to supersize our vision and encourages us to move forward and believe in ourselves”

Eleni Antoniadou, Laureate 2014 for North America
2015

"This project is much bigger than me, it's about my beautiful continent Africa, it's about my vibrant country Nigeria, and it's about the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards saying that dignity is very important and that Africa must rise."

Chinwe Ohajuruka, Laureate 2015 for Sub-Saharan Africa
2017
Sara Hannig Nour

"The Cartier Awards was a truly wonderful experience that I will keep with me forever! I have learnt a great deal on both a personal and a business level and I have received tools that will help me take my business to the next level."

Sara Kristina Hannig Nour, Laureate 2017 for the Middle East & North Africa
2018
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