The finalists in the categories that make up the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018 were named today.

The announcement of the 12 finalists by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, was made to coincide with International Women’s Day (

“On this day, the world shouts about the importance of gender equality. For me, the battle must be won on many fronts. And two of our strongest tools to empower women are science and innovation. This is the true spirit of the EU Prize for Women Innovators,” said Mr Moedas.

The Rising Innovator Award recognises ‘exceptional innovators’ aged 30 or under. Italian Anna Fiscale is one of the finalists in this category. She is the founder of the QUID Project, a ‘social enterprise that works for the reintegration of people, with a past of fragility, in the production process of clothing and accessories, starting from remains and left overs’. All the details of the 12 finalists are online and the short video below provides a brief introduction to them.

Startups were able to apply for this but the platform is open to women working across all levels of business.

There are three cash prizes: €100 000, €50 000 and €30 000 up for grabs in the Women Innovators category and €20 000 for the Rising Innovator. The winners will be revealed later this year. Follow all the latest on this story on Twitter using hashtag