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Top EU women innovators named

The winners of the annual EU Prize for Women Innovators, a platform that helps to inspire and catalyse the next generation of female changemakers, have been announced.

The three that were awarded €100,000 in the Women Innovators category were:

  • Merel Boers from the Netherlands: co-founder and CEO of NICO-LAB, a company offering cutting-edge technology to help physicians improve emergency care.
  • Mathilde Jakobsen from Denmark: co-founder and CEO of Land, a digital platform that shortens and digitises the food supply chain, providing easy access to good quality food.
  • Daphne Haim Langford from Israel: founder and CEO of Tarsier Pharma, a company developing disruptive medical solutions for the treatment and cure of autoimmune and inflammatory ocular diseases.

While the Rising Innovator title, which goes, along with €50,000, to a female entrepreneur under the age of 30, went to Ailbhe and Isabel Keane from Ireland, founders of Izzy Wheels, which makes fashionable wheel covers for wheelchairs.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “It is a great privilege to award this prize to such exceptional innovators. This year’s winners are the hopes that will help change the face of innovation, and pave the way for more women entrepreneurs in future.”

More than an award

Maria Fátima Lucas, co-founder and CEO of biotech startup, Zymvol, was a winner in 2020 and she wrote about the experience for Innovators Magazine.

“For me, the Women Innovators award is a huge incentive to follow my path. It has shown me that when we really want something, with ideas, motivation and work, everything is possible,” she said.

Read more about Maria’s experience in entering the EU Prize for Women Innovators and get inspired get involved in 2022.

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Susan is the co-founder of Innovators Magazine and a consultant for OnePoint5Media. Susan is also a member of the UNFCCC-led Resilience Frontiers Nexus group and the Chair of the APOPO Foundation UK board.


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