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EU Prize for Women Innovators

This prize celebrates the women entrepreneurs behind Europe’s game-changing innovations


The opportunities created by novel technologies and disruptive innovations promise to deliver the fair and sustainable recovery Europe needs. But Europe risks missing out on these opportunities if half its population is overlooked as a source of innovation and creative talent.

The EU Prize for Women Innovators celebrates the women entrepreneurs behind game-changing innovations. In doing so, the EU seeks to raise awareness of the need for more women innovators, and create role models for women and girls everywhere.

The prize is awarded to the most talented women entrepreneurs from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon Europe, who have founded a successful company and brought innovation to the market. The prize is managed by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency, and the winners are chosen by an independent expert jury.

Three prizes of €100,000 each are awarded in the main category. A fourth prize of €50,000 is awarded to a promising ‘Rising Innovator’ aged 30 or younger. 


Latest statistics: EU Prize for Women Innovators 2021

applications submitted
33% more than last year
17% from Associated countries
7 - 10
evaluation ongoing from July until October
the final shortlist will be published in October

Funding opportunities

Applications to the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2021 are now closed. Applications will be assessed from July through to October, and the winners will be announced at the European Innovation Council summit in November 2021.

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