This prize celebrates the women entrepreneurs behind Europe’s game-changing innovations.
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.
There are two prize categories:
Eligible applicants can only apply to one category.
The prize is open to:
Those applying for the Rising Innovators category must be under 35. There is no age limit to apply for the Women Innovators category.
Eligible applications will be evaluated against 3 award criteria:
The 2022 edition of the prize is closed. The six winners were announced on 7 December 2022 at the European Innovation Council Summit. Press release: EIC unveils winners of awards (europa.eu)
The next edition of the European Prize for Women Innovators will be launched in spring 2023.
Source: European Commission, 2023