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EU Prize for Women Innovators

2017 Contest

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.

Photo of the winners
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and Mairead McGuinness, Vice-President of the European Parliament with the 4 winners - More photos

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:




Meet the 12 finalists

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 were awarded prizes of EUR 100 000, EUR 50 000 and EUR 30 000 and a prize of EUR 20 000 was given to the first ever winner of the Rising Innovator Award.

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