The European Commission is organizing the first EU prize for Women Innovators to reward three women entrepreneurs for their "innovative work in any field or business". The prize will bolster the awareness of why innovation is important, and why an increasing number of women entrepreneurs are needed in both research and industry.
To be eligible, women entrepreneurs must:
- be resident of an EU Member State or a country associated to the Research Framework Programme
- be founder or co-founder of an existing and active company (registered before 1 January 2009 and containing an annual turnover of at least EUR 0.10 million in 2009 or 2010.)
- be a recipient of EU funding from either the EU Research Framework Programme or Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (either as an individual or business founded/co-founded by the contestant)
There will be three prizes of €100 000, €50 000, and €25 000, respectively.
Applications are open until the 20 September 2011 (17:00 CET)