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Chilean entrepreneur is the European winner of the 2nd annual Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

Founder of Chicurela proves than green is the new black

Laura Chicurel, founder of Chicurela Ltd, a company that specializes in the development and commercialization of eco-friendly salmon skin leather products, today announced she had been selected to be the European Laureate of this year prestigious Cartier Women's initiative awards.

“I'm thrilled to be among the winners of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards. Climate change is one of the most critical global challenges of our time and responsible companies need to prioritize the environment in their strategy and day-to-day activities. Through Chicurela, I want to demonstrate that it's possible to be economically successful while also being environmentally friendly.” Commented Laura Chicurel, Chicurela's founder and CEO.

Five women entrepreneurs received the 2nd Annual Cartier Women's Initiative Awards during a ceremony held at the occasion of the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society in Deauville, France.

From an applicant pool of 400, one winner from each region (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America) received a Cartier trophy, a US$20,000 cash award, and will benefit from a full year of coaching from Cartier, McKinsey & Co., and INSEAD Business School.

After two rounds of competition, these laureates were selected by an international jury of entrepreneurs and members of the business community for the creativity, sustainability and social impact of their start-up projects.

“More than ever, our economies need the spirit of enterprise, the taste for challenge. Small businesses play a key role in building the global economy. We believe that these brave and spirited laureates will be drivers of change for their communities and the future of their countries,” added Bernard Fornas, President and CEO of Cartier.

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