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EU Prize for Women Innovators


EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017

Join us for the award ceremony in Brussels on 8 March 2017 - in person or via online webstreaming!

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In celebration of International Women's Day, the European Commission's DG for Research and Innovation, together with the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality is pleased to invite you to the Award ceremony on 8 March 2017 at 18.30 at the European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli Building, 60 rue Wiertz, Brussels where the three winners of the EU Prize for Women Innovators and the Rising Innovator 2017 will be announced! Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, will participate.

You can register here, free of charge, until 10:00am on 1 March.

Once you receive confirmation of your successful registration, please make sure you arrive at the European Parliament on 8 March 2017 by 18:00 to complete the mandatory security check and accreditation to gain entrance to the building

Live web streaming of the Awards will be provided in English from 18:45 on 8 March on this page!

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Meet the 12 finalists

The shortlist contains twelve outstanding women entrepreneurs who have brought their breakthrough ideas to the market. For the first time, this year's contest includes three finalists in a new category, the Rising Innovator, to recognise excellence in female entrepreneurs aged 30 years or under. All of the finalists have founded or co-founded a successful company based on their innovative ideas.

The finalists took part in a discussion on innovation and entrepreneurship at the Unconvention 2017 in Brussels.

On 8 March three of the finalists will be awarded prizes of EUR 100 000, EUR 50 000 and EUR 30 000 and a prize of EUR 20 000 will be given to the first ever winner of the Rising Innovator Award.

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2016 Winners

The 2016 winners, from Portugal, Finland and Ireland, have all received EU research and innovation funding at some point in their careers, and recently founded or co-founded a successful company based on their innovative ideas.

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2016 Finalists

Short interviews with the the 2016 finalists

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Previous Contests

2016 Winners

2016 Finalists

Winners of previous contests


Related links

Statistical Data on Women Entrepreneurs in Europe

Gender Equality in Horizon 2020

EU Policy for gender equality

Horizon Magazine - Women in science

Science: it's a girl thing! campaign