The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards have announced the six winners of their 2015 grant. Designed to support women entrepreneurs, the awards were established in 2006 by the luxury jewellery house and the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, in partnership with INSEAD and McKinsey & Co. After presenting their business plans, six laureates receive a $20,000 prize, coaching, and access to international networks of support.
Among this year’s recipients is Ciara Clancy from Ireland, the founder of Beats Medical. Her company delivers sound wave treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease through a mobile application. This treatment helps patients regain mobility but is often discontinued after they leave hospital. Beats Medical allows people to continue sound wave treatment independently. Clancy adds that she created the application ‘so that people can go home and have the tools to take control and feel empowered in their care.’
The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2016 with the Women’s Forum in Dubai, highlighting innovative ideas aimed to lessen gender imbalances in the economy.