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06 Nov 2018

EC launches EU Prize for Women Innovators 2019

On 6 November 2018, the European Commission opened the sixth edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators for applications. The Prize aims at increasing public awareness of the outstanding work of female entrepreneurs who have brought their ideas to market, and aims to inspire the next generation of innovators.

The prize will be awarded in three categories: €100,000 each will be awarded in the main category "Women Innovators". A special prize of €50,000 will be given to a "Rising Innovator", an exceptional entrepreneur at the beginning of her career (35 years old or younger).

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, launched the competition at the Web Summit in Lisbon. Commissioner Moedas said: “ More and more women are now coming to research, innovation and business, but we want more of them to create innovative enterprises. The past editions of the Women Innovators Prize have brought to light the incredible ideas and hard work of excellent women entrepreneurs. I look forward to seeing many more inspirational candidates applying in next year's edition of the competition which we launch today.”

Deadline for applications is 16 January 2019. A jury of independent experts will evaluate and select the four winners, who will be announced in the spring 2019. More details can be found here.

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