Cartier’s Women’s Initiative Award Winners Prove Women Will Change the World

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Twenty-one female founders of socially-minded companies from every continent were honored at the ceremony in San Francisco.

No matter how pessimistic you might be about the current state of the world, it's hard to stand in a room with the finalists of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards (CWIA) and not feel hopeful. These 21 women are working to save us from cancer and student debt and obesity and loneliness in old age and dozens of other issues that they view as opportunities to do good and make money at the same time.

After a thorough and months-long application process, the nearly 2,900 applications from female founders in more than 140 countries were whittled down to 21 finalists. After a week of coaching and networking, on Thursday, Cartier International CEO Cyrille Vigneron announced the seven laureates (one from each region of the globe), each of whom will receive $100,000 to help scale their company.

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