EU Prize for Women Innovators Opens for 2020

The European Commission has launched the 2020 edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators. First run in 2011, the Prize aims to encourage more women to exploit the commercial and business opportunities offered by their research projects and to become entrepreneurs.

Although women are more and more active in research, the number of women who create innovative enterprises is still disproportionately low. Europe needs to unleash this potential to remain competitive and find solutions to key challenges such as climate change, energy and resource efficiency, health and so on.

The EU Prize for Women Innovators was established to address this, and offers three prizes to women who have made significant impact on the innovation ecosystem by transforming ideas into new and advanced products and/or services for the benefit and wealth of European citizens. A single prize will also be made to an exceptional entrepreneur aged 35 or younger in a ‘rising innovator’ category.

The Prize is open to women who have founded or co-founded their company, which must have been registered before 1 January 2018. The contestant must reside in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020.

Three prizes worth €100,000 are available for the winners, while the Rising Innovator Award is worth €50,000.

The deadline for entries is 21 April 2020.

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