Application Deadline: November 3rd 2016
The 2017 EU Prize for Women Innovators is now open!
This year’s edition will reward the outstanding achievement of three women entrepreneurs who have brought an innovation to market, along with a new additional fourth prize for young female entrepreneurs, the Rising Innovators award.
Contestants for the “EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017” shall comply with the following eligibility criteria to participate:
1. The contestant must be a woman.
For Rising Innovator Award following applies: The contestant must be a woman born as of 1986.
2. The contestant must be an ordinary resident in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020.
3. The contestant must be the founder or co-founder of an existing and active company which was registered before 1 January 2015.
4. The annual turnover of the company was at least EUR 0.10 million in 2014 or 2015.
5. Either the contestant as a natural person or the company founded/co-founded by the candidate have received or is receiving European or national funding for Research and Innovation or bank funding or alternative sources of financing such as private equity, venture capital, crowd funding through platforms or business angels.
All eligible applications will be evaluated by a High level jury: The prize will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestant(s) who in the opinion of the jury best addresses the following cumulative criteria :
1. The originality and marketability of the developed product or service provided by the company of the contestant. Applications will be compared according to the number of patents/co-patents and trademarks.
2. The economic impact – The economic impact of a product or service of the company for Europe is measured by the number of countries (inside and outside the EU) where the product or service is sold, and by the size of the turnover achieved with this service or product in 2014 and 2015.
3. The societal impact – the societal impact of a product or service of the company for Europe. It will be measured by the number of jobs created and the potential of the service or product to help Europe address a grand societal challenges e.g. the ageing of the European population, global warming, clean water, renewable energy and resource efficiency.
4. The impact and leadership role of the contestant. Contestants must explain how their role in the company influenced the success of the company and contestants should outline their potential to empower other women to be leaders and entrepreneurs.
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