Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), in partnership with RED CLUB x Cartier and ESCP Business School, is proud to announce the winners and runner-ups of the Young Leader Award 2022, who have received a total of 120,000 EUROS in grant money for their start-ups. The announcement was made at the Young Leader Award Ceremony held in Dubai on March 7, 2022, attended by Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International, Sophie Doireau, CEO Cartier Middle East India and Africa, Dr Xiang Bing, Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization of CKGSB, Leon Laulusa, Executive Vice President and Dean of ESCP Business School, Giada Zhang, President of RED CLUB and CEO of Mulan Group, and Lu Zhang, Founder & Managing Partner of Fusion Fund.
The award aims to empower young entrepreneurial leaders. After more than five months of application collection and deliberate selection by the Jury Board, four entrepreneurs became finalists out of 150 applications and two talented young entrepreneurs, Weihua Wang, Founder of myBuddy, and Sahar Mansoor, Founder of Bare Necessities Zero Waste Solutions Pvt. Ltd., were selected as winners.
Based in Germany, Weihua Wang founded her non-profit social start-up myBuddy in 2021, with the aim of using an algorithm to connect people from different cultures and from different entities, such as companies, universities, and the public sector, to create joint impact. Sahar Mansoor started her company Bare Necessities Zero Waster Solutions Pvt. Ltd. in India in 2019 to help companies embrace the idea of zero-emission and zero-waste manufacturing, distribution and consumption by providing innovative and sustainable solutions. These two entrepreneurs will receive financial, mentoring and social support provided by RED CLUB x Cartier, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and ESCP Business School.
As a representative of the Award’s Jury Board Members, Dean Xiang shared why CKGSB believes in the value of fostering young talents and how CKGSB views the partnership with Cartier on the meaningful award. “Multiple global studies have shown that next-generation youth place a much greater significance on social value in their consumption, career and life choices. This development not only is promising in terms of catalyzing new solutions to pressing problems facing humanity, but also means that the current generation of business leaders have to work harder to support the next generation, so that they will have the required skills to face new challenges and foster innovative solutions.” Said Dean Xiang Bing. “CKGSB is thrilled to partner with Cartier on the inaugural Young Leader Award in the grand cause of empowering young entrepreneurs. Our school will actively participate in the mentorship program for these winning entrepreneurs and, while focusing on Asia-Pacific, will strengthen our efforts in fostering and accelerating unicorn companies in Europe and the Americas.”
“Education plays a fundamental role in helping transform existing business practices. As an international Maison, we remain committed to actively support those who are addressing these challenges to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, such as the Red Club members. This means further fostering dialogues between business and education, for a concrete impact”, says Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International.