On 13 September, the European Commission opened the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017 competition, which awards four female entrepreneurs who have successfully brought an innovation to market. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “The EU Prize for Women Innovators highlights just some of the many remarkable women contributing to the European knowledge economy. Previous winners have had significant achievements in areas as diverse as immunology, telecommunications and software development. We hope these prizes help winners to continue on the path of innovation and encourage others to follow in the footsteps of these outstanding entrepreneurs.”
This year’s edition is open to women of any nationality living in an EU Member State including countries associated to Horizon 2020 that have founded or co-founded a company with a turnover of at least €100,000. To spotlight a new generation, the 2017 edition will also feature a Rising Innovator award worth €20,000 for a female entrepreneur under 35 years old. The winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will receive €100,000, €50,000 and €30,000 respectively.