What does luxury brand Cartier have to do with preventing diabetes-related lower limb amputations, promoting affordable cancer detection and aiding cash-strapped farmers in Cameroon? These are just three world problems being addressed by female-run, impact-driven businesses that will be funded as part of the 2019 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.
This week, Cartier brought its global business competition to North America for the first time, to the new center of the world’s wealth and entrepreneurship: San Francisco. A panel of 35 judges reviewed 2,900 applications from 142 countries, narrowing them down to 26 finalists, who were brought to the Bay Area for a week’s worth of events, mentorship, financial and presentation coaching as part of the luxury brand’s values-based proposition, which started in France in 2006 and had been held in the Philippines for the past two years.
On Thursday night at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, a business-y rather than bejeweled crowd gathered to see Cartier award $100,000 each to seven winners: Yeon Jeong Cho, founder of online language service for seniors in South Korea SAY Global; Carmina Bayombong, founder of the InvestEd investment platform providing student loans for underserved youth in the Philippines; Zineb Agoumi, French founder of
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