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14 June 2013
EU launches Prizes for Women Innovators

The European Commission has announced the second edition of a contest to reward women innovators who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market on 15 April 2013. The EU Prizes for Women Innovators aim to raise public awareness on the needs for more innovation and more women entrepreneurs. Although women are more and more active in research, there are still too few women creating innovative enterprises. This represents an untapped potential for Europe which needs all its human resources to remain competitive and find solutions to the great challenges that we are facing (such as climate change, energy and resource efficiency, health etc).

 After the success of the first competition in 2011, the EU Prize for Women innovators will again award the accomplishments of three women who have (co)-founded their own company and who have at some point of their careers benefited from the EU's Framework Programmes for Research or the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). The aim is to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps.

An independent panel of judges from business and academia will examine and select the winners.

First prize: € 100 000

Second prize: € 50 000

Third prize: € 25 000

The deadline for application is 15 October 2013. The winners will be announced in spring 2014.

More information on the prizes and the link to the submission of application can be found on


Updated by Lina Andersson, 14/06/2013
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