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EU Prize for Women Innovators

EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018 to be launched in September 2017

Following the success of the previous editions, in 2018 the European Commission will again award prizes to recognise three of Europe's most innovative female entrepreneurs and one young female innovator.

Are you a women entrepreneur? Have you created an outstanding innovation and brought it to market? Can your story inspire others?

We want to hear from you! Applications for the 2018 EU Prize for Women Innovators will open on 5 September 2017. Scroll down for more information on the 2017 contest and earlier editions.


EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017

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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