Thank you for your interest in the contest! After a successful first edition in 2011, the European Commission 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 contest was open until 15 October 2013 to all women who had founded or co-founded their company and who had at some point in their careers benefitted from the EU's research framework programmes or the Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme.
The applications will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges from business and academia. The three winners will be announced during the Innovation Convention in March 2014! For more information visit www.ec.europa.eu/euic2014
The first prize is EUR 100 000, second prize EUR 50 000 and the third prize EUR 25 000.
Every woman innovator complying with the following criteria:
Download the contest rules 150 KB to get more information on the eligibility and evaluation criteria.
The application closed on 15 October 2013. You could apply in 6 easy steps via our web-based submission system. The application was created to be as simple and fast as possible.
All the steps to apply were explained in detail in the application guide 143 KB .
Frequently asked questions
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.
1st Prize winner: Gitte Neubauer Co-founder CELLZOME,Vice-President Research Operations
2nd Prize winner: Fabienne Hermitte, Co-founder IPSOGEN Senior Director, Research and Development - Regulatory Affairs
3rd Prize winner: Ilaria Rosso, Co-founder ELECTRO POWER SYSTEMS, Vice-President of IP Policy and Public
Read more about the winners of the 2011 competition in this leaflet 609 KB
Watch the videos of the winners from 2011