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News article1 March 2022

Commission selects first 50 women-led companies to boost deep-tech innovation in Europe

The Commission announced today the results of the first call under the new Women TechEU pilot programme, supporting deep-tech start-ups led by women.

Women TechEU pilot - first companies selected
Women TechEU pilot - first companies selected

The Women TechEU pilot is funded under the European Innovation Ecosystems work programme of Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme.

The scheme offers grants, worth €75 000 each, to support the initial steps in the innovation process, and the growth of the company. It also offers mentoring and coaching under the European Innovation Council (EIC) Women Leadership Programme, and EU-wide networking opportunities.

Following the evaluation by independent experts, the Commission will be supporting a first cohort of 50 women-led companies from 15 different countries. Over 40 companies are based in EU Member States, including one fifth from Horizon Europe widening countries. Also, roughly one fifth are based in countries associated to Horizon Europe.

The companies proposed for funding have developed cutting-edge and disruptive innovations, across a range of areas, from early cancer diagnosis and treatments, all the way to reducing the negative impact of methane emissions. They address sustainable development goals (SDGs), like tackling climate change, reducing food waste, as well as widening access to education and empowering women. More information is available in this press release.

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1 March 2022

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