The EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017 competition will award female entrepreneurs who have successfully brought an innovation to market. This year’s edition is open to women of any nationality living in a European country* that have founded or co-founded a company with a turnover of at least €100,000.

There are four prizes in total:women-innovators-award_2017

  • 1st prize €100,000
  • 2nd prize €50,000
  • 3rd prize €30,000
  • Rising Innovator prize €20,000

A high-level jury will evaluate and select the four winners, who will be announced around International Women’s Day, Wednesday 8 March 2017. The call for applicants closes on  3 November 2016.

Women represent only 30% of all entrepreneurs in Europe. With this prize, funded under the EU research and innovation funding programme of Horizon 2020 (2014 – 2020), the EU seeks to showcase the achievements of women who overcome barriers to entrepreneurship, such as access to finances and networks, and draw attention to the need to increase female participation in the area.

More than 260 women have entered the competition since it started in 2011. The winners of the 2016 prizes were Susana Sargento (Portugal), who turns vehicles into wifi hotspots, Sirpa Jalkanen (Finland) whose innovations lead to novel drug compounds for breast and prostate cancer, and Sarah Bourke (Ireland) for her pioneering space technology that is used by the International Space Station.

Further information and an application package can be found at

European country*: In this case, this includes any EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme (2014 – 2020)

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