“Cutting Edge as the Bleeding Edge: AVOIDING BURNOUT on Your Path to Success”

The phenomenon of burnout is not confined to the corporate circles alone. Plenty of it exists in the world of entrepreneurship as well. There is a constant pressure for founders and startups to keep the company in the limelight and on the radar of people that matter. Lack of resources and bootstrapping takes a toll that they are afraid to admit for fear of being deemed a failure.

Being at the cutting edge of things is often deemed a virtue, but the cutting edge is also the bleeding edge and we have to learn to manage how deep the cut goes.

Total burnout never happens without warning signs. Exhaustion, lack of interest in non-work-related life, sleeplessness, nagging anxiety about nothing, unfulfillment and overwhelm are signals that demand attention. Often people ignore these signs and consider them normal tradeoffs of the demanding schedules of today. This line of thinking itself is toxic.

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November 3, 2018






CARTIER WOMEN’S INITIATIVE AWARDS 2019 … Information and Application Form Link … DEADLINE August 31, 2018


Since 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards has supported 198 female entrepreneurs worldwide. Each year, 21 finalists representing 7 regions (Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Far East Asia, South-East Asia) are selected during the first round of the competition. These finalists are then invited to attend the Awards week (exact location still TBC) during which the second round of the competition takes place. After the final jury evaluation, 7 laureates, one for each region, are announced on stage during the Awards ceremony.

The 21 finalists, representing the top 3 projects from each of the 7 regions, will receive:
One-to-one personalized business coaching prior to the Awards week
A series of entrepreneurship workshops, knowledge sessions and networking events during the Awards week
Media visibility
A scholarship to attend the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship 6-Day Executive Programme (provided their business meets INSEAD’s eligibility criteria)
Networking opportunities through the Cartier Awards community and beyond
First prize for the 7 laureates:
US$ 100 000 in prize money
One-to-one personalized business mentoring
Second prize for the 14 finalists:
US$ 30 000 in prize money


Good luck all contestants!

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