Cartier announces laureates of the 2019 edition of the international Cartier Women’s Initiative business competition.
The seven laureates of the 2019 edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative were revealed at the annual Awards ceremony held at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco, the heart of the global start-up and innovation scene.
With the theme, “The Ripple Effect”, the 2019 ceremony paid tribute to entrepreneurs who serve as catalysts for change and growth within their communities and the broader society.
- Yeon Jeong Cho (South Korea), Carmina Bayombong (Philippines), Liza Velarde (Mexico), Hibah Shata (UAE), Zineb Agoumi (France), Manka Angwafo (Cameroon), Ran Ma (USA)
FAR EAST ASIA: YEON JEONG CHO, SOUTH KOREA
An online language service that trains retired seniors in Korea and connects them to Korean language learners worldwide.
SOUTHEAST ASIA & OCEANIA: CARMINA BAYOMBONG, PHILIPPINES
An investment platform providing student loans to underserved youth using a proprietary credit rating algorithm.
EUROPE: ZINEB AGOUMI, FRANCE
An affordable space-saving and connected gait rehabilitation device that secures patients at the pelvis and monitors their progress.
LATIN AMERICA: LIZA VELARDE, MEXICO
A blood test that detects the presence of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in cancer patients, enabling physicians to better monitor progress of the disease.
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: HIBAH SHATA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Maharat Learning Center
A learning centre offering behavioural therapy and educational support to children and young adults with special needs. NORTH AMERICA: RAN MA, UNITED STATES
Smart socks for diabetics made of Neurofabric, a proprietary technology fitted with microsensors to monitor foot temperature and guard against foot ulcers.
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: MANKA ANGWAFO, CAMEROON
Grassland Cameroon Ltd.
Services to enhance African food supply chains through affordable asset-based financing to smallholder farmers.
The 7 laureates will take home US $100,000 in prize money; the other 14 finalists receiving US $30,000. Finally, the 14 finalists will all benefit from media visibility, international networking opportunities, as well as a place on an executive INSEAD programme.