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05 Sep 2017

Commission launches 2018 edition of Women Innovators Prize

On 5 September 2017 the European Commission launched the fifth edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators which will be awarded to women entrepreneurs who successfully brought their outstanding innovations to market. The first prize is €100,000.-; second and third prizes of €50,000.- and €30,000.- respectively and a special prize of €20,000.- will be dedicated to the Rising Innovator Award.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "The EU Prize for Women Innovators gives public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs and inspires other women to follow in their footsteps. We have seen some exceptional achievements since the start of the competition. For example, the 2017 winners created an innovation lab bringing together scientists and artists, or invented the first ever digital tablet for blind users. I look forward to seeing many more fresh ideas and talent in the new edition of the contest."

The contest is open to women across the EU or from countries associated to Horizon 2020 who have founded or co-founded their company and benefitted from public or private research and innovation funding. Applications have to be submitted by 15 November 2017. The winners' names will be announced on International Women's Day on 8 March 2018.

Further information for the competition can be found here


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