Applications open for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2021

EU Prize for Woman Innovators shines a spotlight on female entrepreneurs and encourages others to follow.


To make European lives better and move forward towards a healthier, more prosperous and more sustainable future, we need to connect and foster all innovative and creative minds from all of Europe. That’s why the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency are celebrating all the great Women entrepreneurs that contribute to that objective by providing life-changing innovations. The EU Prize for Women Innovators puts their achievements into focus and creates role models for young talented women and girls while also raising awareness of uneven conditions that still exist.


An independent expert jury will choose the most talented women entrepreneurs. The applicants are founders of successful companies from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon Europe that enriched the market with innovative and highly asked solutions. Three prizes of €100,000 each are awarded in the main category. A fourth prize of €50,000 is awarded to a promising ‘Rising Innovator’ aged 30 or younger.


How to apply:

The deadline for submissions is 17:00 (CET) on 30 June 2021.

All applications must be submitted via the Funding and Tenders Portal. Please read the Rules of Contest before applying.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • female
  • established in an EU Member State (including overseas countries and territories) or a country associated to Horizon Europe
  • founder or co-founder of an active innovative company registered at least two years before the submission deadline (30 June 2021).


Additional criteria for the Rising Innovator category:

  • aged 30 or younger at the start of the call year


Find more information on the EIC’s Webpage.


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