EC launches EU Prize for Women Innovators
The European Commission has launched the third edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators on the occasion of International Women's Day. The Prize will be awarded to three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market (first prize: €100,000, second prize €50,000, third prize €30,000). The aim of this prize is to raise awareness of the need for more female entrepreneurs and to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps.
The prize was launched on Monday, 9 March 2015 at a working lunch with outstanding women in academia, research, industry and media, hosted by the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas. Speaking at the event, Commissioner Moedas said: "There may have been some improvement in recent years but, in Europe, female researchers and entrepreneurs remain a minority. Whether economically, intellectually or socially, we cannot afford to continue missing out on this vast pool of untapped talent. The EU Prize for Women Innovators recognises women entrepreneurs for their valuable achievements, inspiring both men and women alike."
Application for the prize is open to all women who have founded or co-founded their company and who have at some point of their careers benefitted from EU's research and innovation funding. Applications can be submitted until 20 October 2015 and will then be evaluated by a high-level jury. The three winners who will be announced in 2016.
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