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International Women's Day 2021
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Female founders #ChooseToChallenge

#ChooseToChallenge is the theme of today’s International Women’s Day. Something female founders of pioneering companies are doing everyday in challenging the tired and regressive old narratives of inequality and male dominance.

The EUTOP50 female founder winners announced at December’s European Innovation Summit organised by Knowledge4Innovation are hugely important figures. Transforming the world through their work, they are also catalysts for change and can inspire other women to follow in their footsteps.

“This year’s EUTOP50 finalists are among the most exciting entrepreneurs working in Europe today. We need more women like the finalists, who can inspire others to follow in their footsteps,” said Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. “The finalists are living proof that with self-confidence we can do anything. I am inspired by their stories, which have given me the energy to work even harder to empower women in Europe and beyond.”

EUTOP50 Winners 2020

Digital Category: Barbara Buadés – MEETOPTICS

Deep Tech Category: Maria Mateo – Ibisa Network

Sustainability Category: Sabine Stuiver – Hydraloop

Investor Category: Helena Torras – PaoCapital

VC Category: Kinga Stanislawska – Experior VC

Read more about the winners and finalists in our special EUTOP50 digital edition, produced in collaboration with Knowledge4Innovation, organisers of the EUTOP50 platform and annual European Innovation Summit.

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Susan is the co-founder of Innovators Magazine and a consultant for OnePoint5 Media. Susan is also a member of the UNFCCC-led Resilience Frontiers Nexus group and co-chair of the APOPO Foundation UK board.


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