EU Prize for Women Innovators
Award ceremony in 2016. Commissioner Moedas with the three winners. From right to left: Susana Sargento, Sirpa Jalkanen and Sarah Bourke
1st prize winner: Dr. Susana SargentoDr. Susana Sargento is an Associate Professor with Habilitation at the University of Aveiro, Portugal and the Institute of Telecommunications, where she is leading the Network Architectures and Protocols group. She co-founded a vehicular networking company, Veniam, a spin-off of the Universities of Aveiro, Porto and Instituto de Telecomunicações, which builds a seamless low-cost vehicle-based internet infrastructure. Dr. Sargento has also undertaken the roles of Vice-President of Engineering and Head of Corporate Research.
2nd prize winner: Prof. Sirpa JalkanenProf. Sirpa Jalkanen is MD/PhD, Professor of Immunology who has discovered unique molecular mechanisms regulating harmful cell trafficking and demonstrated the value of these molecules as drug targets to prevent harmful inflammations and the spread of cancer. She has co-founded two biotech companies, BioTie's and Faron Pharmaceuticals in Turku, Finland, now listed on the New York and London stock markets, and is exploring her discoveries in phase II/III clinical trials.
3rd prize winner: Dr. Sarah BourkeDr. Sarah Bourke is the Chief Executive Officer of Skytek Ltd in Dublin, Ireland, a company she co-founded in the late 1990s. She is a creator of several software applications that assist astronauts in controlling and managing emergency situations on board the International Space Station. Today, Skytek is a successful, global software development company serving the world’s most complex and demanding industries. Dr. Bourke is a doctoral graduate of Trinity College Dublin.
Nine Finalists competed for the 2016 award
Nine outstanding women entrepreneurs who have brought their breakthrough ideas to the market have reached the final stage of the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2016.
The finalists were selected by a high-level jury consisting of independent experts from business, venture capital, entrepreneurship and academia. 64 applications were submitted for the 2016 edition of the Prize. The companies created by the contestants showcase innovations in a wide range of sectors, with life science and ICT being the most dominant ones.