Launch of the 2018 campaign for the EU Prize for Women Innovators

September 5, 2017

Hat: Applications for the 2018 edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators are now launched

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The fifth edition of the Women Innovators Prize was launched today by the Commission to reward as much as to encourage the innovative spirit of European women.


The first prize is €100 000, with second and third prizes of €50 000 and €30 000 respectively. A special prize of €20 000 will be dedicated to the Rising Innovator Award (30-years-old or younger) for an exceptional innovator at the beginning of her career.

The contest is open to women across the EU (or country associated to Horizon 2020) who have founded or co-founded their existing and active company before 1st January 2016. The contestant or company must have benefitted from public or private research and innovation funding.

After the application deadline of 15 November 2017, a high-level jury will evaluate and select the four winners, to be announced on International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018.


Europe urgently needs more innovators to stay competitive in the coming decades and to spur economic growth. Women are underrepresented in terms of creating innovative enterprises. This is an untapped potential for Europe, which needs to optimise all available resources to remain competitive and find solutions to our societal challenges. That is why the Commission created a Prize for Women Innovators in 2011 to increase public awareness of this issue and to encourage women innovators to exploit the commercial and business opportunities and become entrepreneurs.

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