02/07/18 2018 EU Prize for Women Innovators: Commission to award four outstanding entrepreneurs

Every year, the Commission rewards, under the EU Prize for Women Innovators, European women who successfully founded a company and brought their innovation to market.

For the 2018 awards, 12 candidates from Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Spain and United Kingdom have been shortlisted.

This afternoon at the Women Rule Summit, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas will announce the winners of the four prizes worth €190,000 in total.

122 applications were submitted from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon 2020, the EU's funding programme for research and innovation.

The aim of the EU Prize for Women Innovators is to raise public awareness of the need for more innovation and more women entrepreneurs, to recognise the success of women in innovation and create strong role models. Women are underrepresented in terms of creating innovative enterprises – only 31% of entrepreneurs in the EU are women. This represents an untapped potential for Europe, which needs to use all its human resources to their full potential in order to remain competitive and to find solutions to economic and societal challenges.

The EU Prize for Women Innovators is funded under Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.

You can find more information here.