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EU Prize for Women Innovators


Thank you for your interest in the EU Prize for Women Innovators!

Submission has closed! Contestants were able to submit their entries until 20 October 2015 (17:00 – Brussels time). There were 64 applications received. An independent high-level jury from business and academia will evaluate the applications. We will announce the finalists of the contests in December 2015. The finalists will be invited for hearings in Brussels in January 2016. The winners will be announced in March 2016.

About the contest

With the EU Prize for Women Innovators, the European Commission wants to give public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs who brought their innovative ideas to the market. The aim is to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps.

After two successful editions in 2011 and 2014, the European Commission has launched the third edition of the prize.

Three prizes will be awarded in Spring 2016:

  • 1st prize: €100 000
  • 2nd prize: €50 000
  • 3rd prize: €30 000

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Who could participate in the contest?

The contest is open 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, the EURATOM Framework Programme, the Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme (CIP) or actions relating to research and innovation under the European Structural and Investment Funds (known as the Structural Funds prior to 2014).

The contestant must reside in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.

The company must have been registered before 1 January 2013 and have had an annual turnover of at least EUR 100 000 in 2013 or 2014.

Read the Contest Rules  PDF icon 128 KB




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