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EU Prize for Women Innovators

Congratulations to the three winners of the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2014!

Thank you for your interest in the contest! After a successful first edition in 2011, the European Commission awarded the second edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market.

Photo of the Winners at the Ceremony
From left to right: Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science), Mark Rutte (Prime Minister of the Netherlands), Laura van 't Veer, Saskia Biskup, Ana Maiques, José Manuel Durão Barroso (President of the European Commission)

The first prize winner is Saskia Biskup (Germany)
co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CeGaT GmbH, a leading biotech company for diagnostic gene panels, a major step forward in diagnosing patients with rare diseases.
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The second prize winner is Laura van 't Veer (The Netherlands)
co-founder and Chief Research Officer at Agendia NV, a leading personalized health company creating diagnostic tests that foretells the risk of recurrence for breast cancer patients.
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The third prize winner is Ana Maiques (Spain)
co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Starlab, a leading research and innovation company focused on the space and neuroscience industries based in Barcelona.
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The first prize is EUR 100 000, second prize EUR 50 000 and the third prize EUR 25 000.

The three winners were awarded during the Innovation Convention in March 2014.

You can watch the ceremony online on the Innovation Union youtube channel.

For more information visit the Innovation Convention 2014 website.

More about the Competition

» Who could 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).

Download the contest rules  PDF icon 150 KB to get more information on the eligibility and evaluation criteria.

» How to apply?

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  PDF icon 143 KB .

Frequently asked questions

» Why has the EU launched this Prize?

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.

» Who were the winners of the 2011 competition?

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  PDF icon 609 KB

Watch the videos of the winners from 2011

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