The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards celebrate female entrepreneurs leading creative, for-profit start-ups that are financially sustainable and socially impactful.

The six laureates of the 2017 edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards were revealed at the Awards ceremony held at the historical Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall in the heart of Singapore.

In a spirit of engagement and empowerment, the 2017 ceremony celebrated women entrepreneurs under the theme “Transform. Lead the change you want to see”, and brought together speakers and change makers passionate about women’s vision and values.

Ghanaian Entrepreneur, Salma Abdulai, has been announced as the 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Laureate for Sub-Saharan Africa. Salma Abdulai’s Unique Quality Product works with farmers, particularly women, in producing and processing of Fonio. The company was formed with an idea of creating sustainable livelihoods for women farmers whose lands are degraded due to its excessive usage and creating a land management system. This innovation has led to sustainable food and fodder security, agroforestry and nutrition.

In addition to receiving a year of personalised mentoring, valuable media visibility and expanding networking opportunities, each 2017 laureate will be granted a place on an INSEAD Executive Program (ISEP). This year, the prize money awarded to each laureate’s business has been increased five-fold from US$ 20,000 to US$ 100,000 in recognition of their contribution to finding innovative solutions for a sustainable future.

Cyrille Vigneron and Ilian Mihov announced six laureates selected by an independent international jury amongst nearly 1900 applicants from over 120 countries.

LATIN AMERICA

Candice Pascoal, Brazil

KICKANTE

Kickante addresses the lack of crowdfunding platforms in Brazil by connecting campaign creators to donors.

NORTH AMERICA

Katie Anderson, USA

SAVE WATER & Co

Save Water & Co aims to fight high wastage of water in commercial establishments and multi-family properties by using data analytics to improve business processes through water conservation.

EUROPE

Ciara Donlon, Ireland

THEYA HEALTHCARE

Theya Healthcare offers post-surgery undergarments for women, made of an innovative sourced from bamboo that is more absorbent and more bacterial resistant than other materials.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Salma Abdulai, Ghana

UNIQUE QUALITY PRODUCT

Unique Quality Product works with farmers, particularly women in producing and processing of Fonio. The company was formed with an idea of creating sustainable livelihoods for women farmers whose lands are degraded due to its excessive usage and creating a land management system. This innovation has led to sustainable food and fodder security, agroforestry and nutrition.

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Sara-Kristina Hannig Nour, Egypt

SARA AND LARA’S BASKETS

Sara and Lara’s Baskets tackles the lack of organic food options in Egypt by delivering weekly shipments of organic products directly to customers in Egypt’s largest cities.

ASIA-PACIFIC

Trupti Jain, India

NAIREETA SERVICES

Naireeta Services addresses the issues of drought and flash floods destroying farmers’ crops. It provides handmade water management solutions enabling small farmers to filter and store rainwater in the underground to become independent from extreme weather conditions and dry periods.

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