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11 Mar 2016

Commission announces winners of 2016 EU Prize for Women Innovators

On 10 March 2016, the Commission announced the three winners of the 2016 EU Prize for Women Innovators. The winners, from Portugal, Finland and Ireland, have all received EU research and innovation funding at some point in their careers, and have recently founded or co-founded a successful company based on their innovative ideas.

The winners are:
1. Dr. Susana Sargento, co-founder of Veniam in Portugal, turns vehicles into Wi-Fi hotspots and builds city-scale vehicular networks that collect terabytes of urban data.
2. Prof. Sirpa Jalkanen, co-founder of BioTie Therapies in Finland, discovered unique targets for drug development for harmful inflammations and cancer treatment.
3. Dr. Sarah Bourke, co-founder of Skytek in Ireland, develops software for the International Space Station and received innovation awards from NASA.

The three winners received their prizes from Commissioner Carlos Moedas during a Citizens' Dialogue event in Brussels on the importance of women in Business and Research. They were chosen by an independent jury from a total of 64 applications.

The EU Prize for Women Innovators worth €100,000, €50,000 and €30,000 respectively aims to raise public awareness of the need for more innovation and more female entrepreneurs, and to highlight the achievements of the most successful women innovators. Women are underrepresented in terms of creating innovative enterprises – only 29% of entrepreneurs in the EU are women.

For more information: EU Prize for Women Innovators 

Photo: European Commission

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