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The 7th edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators was launched by the European Commission on the 11th February 2020. With applications now being accepted, the closing date is Tuesday 21st April at 5pm CET (Brussels time). Do you have what it takes to be the next EU Woman Innovator? Read on and apply now - don’t miss out!
Right across the EU, female entrepreneurs only make up around a third of self-employed people and just 30% of start-up entrepreneurs. It seems that such a wealth of female potential and creativity is being hugely under-recognised; a massive missed opportunity indeed.
This is something that the European Commission is looking to tackle by identifying the barriers to female entrepreneurship and how they can be overcome. It’s about encouraging women to realise their business potential, and assist them in starting their own companies if they wish to.
The point of the award is also in recognising women’s roles in bringing game-changing innovations to marketplace, and honouring the fantastic achievements of female entrepreneurs launching innovative new companies. It raises awareness of the need for more female entrepreneurs too, and highlights the importance of strong role models for women and girls going forward.
Cash prizes are awarded each year to female entrepreneurs who have started up a successful company and unveiled a new innovation to the marketplace.
The contest is open to women from across the EU and countries associated with Horizon 2020, and four of the most inspirational women will be selected. Finalists will be chosen by a highly competent panel of independent experts from across Europe, including individuals from academia, businesses, entrepreneurship and the financial sector.
There are three prizes of €100,000 each on offer, plus a ‘Rising Innovator’ prize of €50,000 awarded to a female entrepreneur of 35 years old or under.
Once the competition is closed, the jury will decide finalists based on:
Applicants wishing to enter the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020 competition will need to meet the following rules around eligibility:
For more information on this funding programme, please visit https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/prizes/contest_rules/contest-rules_h2020-swfs-prize-2020_en.pdf
Alternatively, contact us if you'd like to know whether your project would likely qualify for this grant.
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