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EU Prize for Women Innovators

European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel launched the 2021 edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators. This prize celebrates the women who are smashing stereotypes and breaking boundaries in innovation. Each year, three prizes of €100,000 are awarded, each in the main category, and a fourth prize of €50,000 to a promising ‘Rising Innovator’ aged 30 or younger.

The opportunities created by novel technologies and disruptive innovations promise to deliver the fair and sustainable recovery Europe needs. But Europe risks missing out on these opportunities if half its population is overlooked as a source of innovation and creative talent.

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 female 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.


This year’s prize is dedicated to the memory of Dr Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, brilliant marine biologist and visionary entrepreneur, who tragically passed away earlier this month.

Candidates now have just over 3 months to apply, by 30 June 2021 (17:00 CET). Evaluations will take place between July and October, and the winners will be announced at the end of the year.


You can visit this website for more information, and follow Twitter account @EUScienceInnov, with the hashtag #WIPrizeEU.