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European Innovation Council

EU Prize for Women Innovators 2021

Awards ceremony

The winners

Merel Boers

Merel Boers (Netherlands), co-founder and CEO of NICO-LAB, a company offering cutting-edge technology to help physicians improve emergency care.

Check Merel Boers in this video.

Mathilde Jakobsen

Mathilde Jakobsen (Denmark), co-founder and CEO of Fresh.Land, a digital platform that shortens and digitizes the food supply chain, providing easy access to good quality food.

Check Mathilde Jakobsen in this video and her EIC Summit interview.

Daphne Haim Langford

Daphne Haim Langford (Israel), founder and CEO of Tarsier Pharma, a company developing disruptive medical solutions for the treatment and cure of autoimmune and inflammatory ocular diseases.

Check Daphne Haim Langford in this video and her EIC Summit interview.

Ailbhe and Isabel Keane

Rising Innovator category: Ailbhe and Isabel Keane (Ireland), sisters and founders of Izzy Wheels. Their company creates fashionable wheel covers for wheelchairs.

Check Ailbhe and Isabel Keane in this video and their EIC Summit interview.


Special mentions

Asude Altıntaş

Asude Altıntaş (Türkiye), co-founder and CEO of Twin Science, a company improving children’s STEAM skills with physical and digital products.

Check Asude Altıntaş in this video.

Livia Ng

Rising Innovator category: Livia Ng (UK), founder and CEO of Neucruit, a company that uses deep tech to build digital patient recruitment strategies that improve the lives of patients and clinical innovators.

Check Livia Ng in this video and her EIC Summit interview.


Other finalists

Anita Finnegan
Anita Finnegan (Ireland), co-founder and CEO of Nova Leah, a company offering cybersecurity risk management solutions for medical device manufacturers.
Ciara Clancy
Ciara Clancy (Ireland), founder and CEO of Beats Therapeutics, a company developing technology solutions to tackle the mobility symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Danaë Delbeke
Danaë Delbeke (Belgium), founder and CEO of Indigo, a company designing innovative glucose monitoring solutions for people with diabetes.
Elena García Armada

Elena García Armada (Spain), founder and CEO of MarsiBionics, a company designing innovative exoskeletons for personalised gait therapy.

Check her EIC Summit interview.

Florence Gschwend
Florence Gschwend (Switzerland/UK), co-founder and CTO of Lixea, a company developing a sustainable and innovative biomass fractionation process using low-cost ionic liquids.
Keren Leshem

Keren Leshem (Israel), co-founder and CEO of OCON Healthcare, a company developing an innovative intrauterine drug-delivery technology to improve women’s health and quality of life.

Check her EIC Summit interview.

Lisa O’Donoghue

Lisa O’Donoghue (Ireland), founder and CEO of Votechnik, a company providing automated recycling technology for safe and sustainable disposal of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) units.

Monika Haider

Monika Haider (Austria), founder and CEO of equalizent, a company offering education and training solutions for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Check her EIC Summit interview.

Patricia Scanlon

Patricia Scanlon (Ireland), founder and Executive Chair of Soapbox Labs, a company developing an innovative speech-recognition solution for children.


Rocío Arroyo

Rocío Arroyo (Spain), founder and CEO of AMADIX, a company providing personalized medicine solutions for cancer diagnosis.

Sofie Quidenus-Wahlforss

Sofie Quidenus-Wahlforss (Austria/Germany), founder and CEO of omni:us, a data-driven, AI platform that automates insurance claims.

Suzanne Moloney

Suzanne Moloney (Ireland), founder and CEO of Hidramed Solutions, a company offering advanced wound care solutions for everyday care of chronic wounds.

Verónica Orvalho

Verónica Orvalho (Argentina/Portugal), founder and CEO of Didimo, a technology platform for the fast creation of user-generated digital humans

Check her EIC Summit interview.

Emna Everard

Rising Innovator category: Emna Everard (Belgium), founder and CEO of Kazidomi, a healthy food e-commerce.

Check her EIC Summit interview.