Awards to International women entrepreneurs who have brought outstanding innovations to the marketplace. Eligible entrepreneurs are located in the European Union, or one of the following Horizon 2020 countries: Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Ukraine, Tunisia, Georgia, and Armenia.
The prize will be awarded to women innovators who have had the largest impact on the innovation ecosystem by transforming ideas into new and advanced products and/or services for the benefit of European citizens. Women are underrepresented in terms of creating innovative enterprises. The Commission believes that this is untapped potential for Europe, which needs to optimize all available resources to remain competitive and find solutions to societal challenges.
This award recognizes the role of women in bringing about game-changing innovations to market and honors the outstanding achievements of female entrepreneurs running innovative companies. The "EU Prize for Women Innovators" will be awarded to up to four women innovators in total (three women and one young woman innovator, so-called 'rising innovator') who have created the largest impact on the innovation ecosystem by transforming ideas into new and advanced products and/or services for the benefit and wealth of the European citizens.
The prizes are addressed to women who have founded or co-founded a company and who themselves or their company have benefited from funding related to research and/or innovation. The prizes will not reward innovation proposed for the future, but outstanding achievements that have been already accomplished by the participant.
- Breakthrough innovation – the company funded/co-funded by the contestant provides a cutting edge product or service. The contestant will have to present her innovation, show its added value, and explain why it is viable and better than other existing solutions. The contestant will have to explain her company's contribution/impact on the innovation ecosystem.
- Impact – the cutting edge product or service brings major benefits to citizens and society and the economy, and address a societal change. The contestant will have to explain the societal challenge addressed and benefits for the society. She will have to prove that her product or service has the potential to change the dynamic of the market while at the same time create growth and jobs across the EU, with the potential to reach a global stage. The contestant will have to explain the middle and long-term development strategy for the company.
- Inspiration – the contestant has shown active leadership, her role has influenced the success of the company and has the potential to inspire others. The contestant has the potential to inspire others, within her company but also beyond. The contestant is a strong role model who can inspire other women to become innovators/leaders in innovation.
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The prize will be awarded to up to 4 women innovators in total.
- 3 Prizes: €100,000 each
- Rising Innovator: €50,000
The contest is open to women across the EU and countries associated to Horizon 2020 who have founded a successful company and brought innovation to market. To be eligible, the contestant should show active leadership, her role should influence the success of the company, and she should have the potential to inspire others.
The following countries are associated to Horizon 2020:
-Bosnia and Herzegovina
-The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Participants for the "EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018" have to comply with the following eligibility criteria to participate:
1. The participant must be a woman. For Rising Innovator Award, the participant must be a woman born as of January 1, 1984.
2. The participant must be an ordinary resident in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020.
3. The participant must be the founder or co-founder of an existing and active innovative company that was registered before January 1, 2017.
Please also be aware that participants that have already received an EU or Euratom prize cannot receive a second prize for the same activities.
Participants will be excluded if they (or one of them):
-Are subject to an administrative sanction (i.e. exclusion or financial penalty decision)
-Are in one of the following situations:
-Bankrupt, being wound up, having their affairs administered by the courts, entered into an arrangement with creditors, suspended business activities or subject to any other similar proceedings or procedures under national law (including persons with unlimited liability for the participant's debts)
-Declared in breach of social security or tax obligations by a final judgment or decision (including persons with unlimited liability for the participant's debts)
-Guilty of grave professional misconduct (including if done by persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control, beneficial owners or persons who are essential for the award of the prize)
-Convicted of fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organization, money laundering, terrorism-related crimes (including terrorism financing), child labor or human trafficking (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control)
-Shown significant deficiencies in complying with main obligations under a procurement contract, grant agreement or grant decision financed by the EU or Euratom budget (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control)
-Found guilty of irregularities within the meaning of Article 1(2) of Regulation No 2988/95 (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control)
- created under a different jurisdiction with the intent to circumvent fiscal, social or other legal obligations in the country of origin or created another entity with this purpose (including if done by persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control, beneficial owners or persons who are essential for the award of the prize).
-Have misrepresented information required for participating in the contest or fail to submit such information
-Were involved in the preparation of the prize documents and this entails a distortion of competition.
The contestants must ensure that the activities do not:
- Aim at human cloning for reproductive purposes
- Intend to modify the genetic heritage of human beings which could make such changes heritable (with the exception of research relating to cancer treatment of the gonads); or
- Intend to create human embryos solely for the purpose of research or for the purpose of stem cell procurement, including by means of somatic cell nuclear transfer.
November 6, 2018: Start of application phase
January 16, 2019: Deadline for submissions
Jury evaluation is planned to take place between January 2019 and May 2019. All participants will be informed in the second quarter of 2019 about the outcome of the contest.
2018 winners: https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/funding/funding-opportunities/prizes/eu-prize-women-innovators/eu-prize-women-innovators-2018_en
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