EU Prize for Women Innovators


The contest is open until 15 October 2013, 5:00 pm (Brussels time) to all women who have founded or co-founded their company and who have at some point of their careers benefitted from the EU’s research framework programmes or the Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme.

Although women are more and more active in research, there are still too few women creating innovative enterprises. This represents an untapped potential for Europe which needs all its human resources to remain competitive and find solutions to the great challenges that we are facing (such as climate change, energy and resource efficiency, health etc).

Europe needs more women innovators who can act as role models for the next generation.

The EU Prize for Women Innovators was launched in 2011 to give public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs who brought their innovative ideas to the market and to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps. After this successful first edition, the European Commission has launched the second edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to reward three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market.

The first prize is EUR 100.000, second prize EUR 50.000 and the third prize EUR 25.000.

An independent panel of judges from business and academia will examine and select the three winners who will be announced in spring 2014.

Who can apply?

Every woman innovator complying with the following criteria:

  • You are residing in an EU Member State or in a country associated to the Research Framework Programme.
  • You are the founder or co-founder of an existing and active company.
  • Your company must have been registered before 1 January 2011.
  • The annual turnover of the company must have been minimum EUR 100 000 in 2011 or 2012.
  • Either you or the company you founded/co-founded have received or is receiving funding from the European Union or the European Atomic Energy Community Research Framework Programme, or from the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).


Plazo: Desde el 15 de septiembre de 2013 hasta el 15 de octubre de 2013

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