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EU to recognise women innovators

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The European Union (EU) is searching for female innovators that are making an impact in their field.

There is €100,000 up for grabs in the EU Prize for Women Innovators – a platform which recognises those who have ‘achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market’.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “The EU Prize for Women Innovators gives public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs and inspires other women to follow in their footsteps. We have seen some exceptional achievements since the start of the competition. For example, the 2017 winners created an innovation lab bringing together scientists and artists, or invented the first ever digital tablet for blind users. I look forward to seeing many more fresh ideas and talent in the new edition of the contest.”

There will be a second prize of €50,000, with third place bagging €30,000, and €20,000 for the ‘Rising Innovator Award’ (30 years and under). Entrants ‘must have benefitted from public or private research and innovation funding’. 

The deadline for applications is 15 November and the winners will be announced on International Women’s Day – 8 March 2018. Visit the event website and check out the eligibility criteria to find out how to get involved.

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