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European Commission Honours Women Innovators in Decade-Long Celebration



The European Commission (EC) has honoured the winners and finalists of the 10th European Prize for Women Innovators. The accolade praises women pioneers in technology, biotechnology, sustainable, and health sectors who have made significant contributions through innovative solutions and transformative leadership.

These awards act as a catalyst to inspire gender diversity in the traditionally male-dominated sectors. The EC clearly values fostering such innovation and diversity across Europe, demonstrating a commitment to an inclusive entrepreneurial landscape.

The Commissioner for Innovation underlined the importance of this accolade marking a decade of recognizing women’s contributions across Europe. The Commissioner praised the efforts of these female pioneers, establishing a pathway for future generations.

He further highlighted the importance of these sectors in driving economic growth, emphasizing that acknowledging and supporting women in these fields enhances performance and productivity throughout Europe. He also expressed gratitude for those promoting women’s participation in innovation and reiterated his appreciation for the winners and finalists.

The awards comprised three categories: Women Innovators, Rising Innovators, and EIT Women Leadership. The winners included Rana Sanyal, María González Manso, and Yuliia Bialetska. The event was a resounding success with each deserving winner being acknowledged.

The accolades are a testament to the key roles women play in achieving the European Union’s objectives, advancing innovative projects that stimulate economic growth, and laying the groundwork for future innovations. Their creativity and dedication forge new paths in overcoming complex challenges faced by the EU. Their transformative work underlines their potential, strength, and the significant impact women possess in shaping the EU’s promising outlook.

The financial rewards are significant, with €100,000 going to the winner of the Women Innovators category and other prizes ranging from €70,000 to €20,000 for runners-up across all categories.

The aim of this EC initiative is to highlight women from the EU and associates of the Horizon Europe who are driving significant advancements with their groundbreaking ideas across various fields. These contributions, selected by an independent jury, mark a ten-year celebration honouring the legacy of remarkable women propelling Europe’s innovation and entrepreneurial landscape.

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