EU prize for Women Innovators
After the success of the previous editions of 2011 and 2014, this year the European Commission launched the European Prize for Women Innovators (EU Prize for Women Innovators), the contest aiming at rewarding women entrepreneurs founders or co-founders of active companies, who have achieved great breakthroughs and have brought these to the market.
With this award, under the European program for funding research and innovation Horizon 2020 (2014 - 2020), the European Union presents the results obtained by women in entrepreneurship, and draws the attention to the need for increasing women's participation in business innovation through the overcoming of economic and financial barriers.
More than 260 women participated in the competition since its launch in 2011. The winners of the last edition were Susana Sargento (Portugal), which turns vehicles into WiFi hotspots, Sirpa Jalkanen (Finland), whose innovations have led to the creation of new drugs for the treatment of breast and prostate cancer and Sarah Bourke (Ireland), for her pioneering space technology, used by NASA.
In the fourth edition of the competition, the European Commission will award three EU Prize for Women Innovators and Rising Innovator Award for innovative young people at the beginning of their career, as follows: first prize: € 100,000; second prize: € 50,000; third prize: € 30,000; Rising Innovator Award: € 20,000.
Terms for Participation
Participants must be resident in one of the Member States or in a country participating in the program Horizon 2020 and must be founders or co-founders of an active company registered before 1 January 2015, with a turnover of at least € 100,000 in 2014 or 2015. In addition, the candidates or the companies they represent must have received European or national funding for research and innovation or alternative funds from the private sector or crowdfunding. In the case of the Rising Innovator Award for emerging innovators, candidates must have been born since 1986. A high level jury will assess and select four winners on March 8 for the International Women's Day.