Europe’s Win at Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

Business Plan Competition

Europe’s Win at Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

The Cartier Women’s Initiative was founded in 2006 and is a business plan competition open to women who run impact driven businesses. Since it’s conception, 18,600 women from around the world have applied. This year Cartier Awards took place in San Francisco, which also gave the finalists the opportunity to meet some of the city’s prominent impact investors and stakeholders.

EVB Sport Finalist 2014

In 2014 Yvonne Brady, CEO of EVB Sport,  was chosen out of 1800 applications as a finalist for Europe. It was such a memorable part of our journey here at EVB Sport and we made life long friends during our time in Deauville and Paris. We were honoured this year to be chosen as a Business Coach. It gave us an opportunity to give back to the organisation for their continued support and mentorship since becoming a part of the community. Giving back is very much apart of our ethos here at EVB Sport as we endeavour to encourage women into Engineering and we travel around Ireland and the UK promoting Engineering as part of Engineers Ireland Biomedical Division.

Zineb Agoumi & Yvonne Brady

Our Mentee Zineb Agoumi from EzyGain is a young Engineer and Entrepreneur working tirelessly to disrupt the rehabilitation industry. Their invention is changing how people who have experienced a fall or accident get back walking with the medical device EMA . We are delighted to announce that Zineb won for Europe. It was such a pleasure to be part of her team for the last 4 months and we were blown away with her vision and ability to execute her plan in such a short space of time. Her company is helping thousands of people in France and we know EzyGain will grow to be a huge success and will have such a positive impact on the world under Zineb’s leadership.


The mission of The Cartier Women’s Initiative is to encourage women to achieve their full potential, support women to find solutions for the future and bring these solutions to the larger audience. The theme of this years event which took place in Fort Mason in San Francisco, was The Ripple Effect where one action creates the chain reaction that ripples through society to transform not just a local area or community but a region, a country, a continent or the world.

2019 Laureates

Sectors represented in the competition ranged from Healthcare to Education to Environmental. The 2019 laureates are as follows:

2019 Laureates

Europe: Zineb Agoumi – Ezy Gain France

North America: Ran ma – Siren

Sub Saharan: Mana Angwafo – Grassland Cameroon Ltd

United Arab Emirates: Hiban Shata  Maharat Learning Centre

East Asia: Yeon Jeong Cho – Say Global

South Asia & Oceania: Carmina Bayonbong – InvestEd

Ireland represented 5 times

Since the awards commenced back in 2006, there have been 219 finalists and 70 Laureates. Ireland has been well represented with 2 finalists and 3 Laureates including Leonora O’ Brien of Pharmapod (Laureate 2012), Ciara Clancy of Beats Medical (Laureate 2015), Ciara Donlon of Theya Healthcare (Laureate 2017), Tracy O Rourke of Vivid Edge (Finalist 2019) and Yvonne Brady of EVB Sport (Finalist 2014).

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