And the winners are...
The four winners of the 2017 EU Prize for Women Innovators were announced at a ceremony in the European Parliament in Brussels on 8 March, International Women's Day.
The winners are:
1st Prize (€100,000): Michela Magas, of Croatian/British nationality, founder of Stromatolite, Design Innovation Labs in Sweden and UK, building a new generation of incubation and creative technology toolkits for innovation. [Watch video]
2nd Prize (€50,000): Petra Wadström from Sweden, founder of Solvatten, which produces a portable water purifier and water heater that are powered by solar energy. [Watch video]
3rd Prize (€30,000): Claudia Gärtner from Germany, founder of microfluidic ChipShop, which provides “lab-on-a-chip” systems as miniaturized solutions for better diagnostics. [Watch video]
Rising Innovator 2017 (€20,000): Kristina Tsvetanova from Bulgaria, who is CEO and co-founder of the Austrian company, BLITAB Technology, has produced the first tablet for blind users, called BLITAB. [Watch video]
The winners received their prizes from Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Mairead McGuinness, Vice-President of the European Parliament.
Missed the award ceremony 2017? Watch a summary here!
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research and Innovation about the Prize:
In this year's contest featured a shortlist of twelve outstanding women entrepreneurs who have brought their breakthrough ideas to the market. For the first time three finalists were selected 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.
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.
Short interviews with the the 2016 finalists
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