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EU Prize for Women Innovators – Opens Feb 11!

This is a call to all brilliant and successful women innovators in our network! An exciting funding opportunity will shortly be open, namely: EU Prize for Women Innovators.

100k prize for women innovators

Every year, the EU awards a cash prize to European women who founded or co-founded a successful company and brought an innovation to market. The contest for EU Prize for Women Innovators is open to women from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon 2020. A high-level jury of independent experts from across Europe, from business, venture capital, entrepreneurship and academia will select the finalists. Finally, Three winners receive €100,000 each, and one Rising Innovator will win €50,000 (an exceptional entrepreneur – age 35 or younger – at the beginning of her career).

This contest will open on Tuesday 11 February 2020. The deadline for submitting proposals is Tuesday 21 April 2020 at 17.00 CET. The proposal is max. 10 pages long and must be accompanied by max. 90 seconds inspiring video message. Applicants are also required to submit proof of their eligibility.


Each proposal will be evaluated against 3 criteria, scored max. 7 points each:

  • Breakthrough innovation: The first criteria says that the company founded or co-founded by the contestant provides a truly innovative product or service
  • Impact: The second criteria focuses on the impact. The product or service addresses a specific societal need or challenge, with significant benefits to citizens and to the economy
  • Inspiration: The last criteria is about inspiration. The contestant has shown active leadership, she has played a pivotal role in the success of the company and inspired others.

You’ll find more information about this opportunity on the contest’s website.

We can help you win!

Our Subsidia team will guide you and help create the application. Click here to contact the team, or book an EY Expert Session.