Founded in 2006 by Cartier, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD Business School, the Cartier Women’s Initiative is an annual business competition. Open to impact-driven businesses led by women 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.
LIZA PAOLA VELARDE CALVILLO
Mexico, Technologies Delee Mexico
Her project: A blood test that detects the presence of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in cancer patients, enabling physicians to better monitor progress of the disease.
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.
Her project: An affordable space-saving gait rehabilitation device that monitors a patient's progress via an integrated harness.
Cameroon, Grassland Cameroon
Her project: Asset-based affordable funding service offering smallholder farmers a comprehensive package of training, farm inputs and access to market.
UAE, Maharat Learning Center
Her project: A learning centre offering behavioural 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.
Her project: An investment platform providing student loans to underserved youth using a proprietary credit rating algorithm.