2023/2024 European Prize for Women Innovators

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Last Updated on June 30, 2023

European Prize for Women Innovators 2023

The European Prize for Women Innovators celebrates the women entrepreneurs behind Europe’s most ground-breaking innovations. The prize awards women from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon Europe, whose disruptive innovations are driving positive change for people and planet.

For the 2023 – 2024 edition, the European Innovation Council and the European Institute for Innovation & Technology have teamed up to create a bigger and bolder European Prize for Women Innovators, with no fewer than 9 prizes to be awarded.


There are three prize categories:

  • The Women Innovators prize, awarded to the most talented women innovators from across the EU and Associated Countries. The winner is awarded EUR 100,000, and two runners-up are awarded EUR 70,000 and EUR 50,000 respectively;
  • The Rising Innovators prize, awarded to promising young innovators under the age of 35. The winner is awarded EUR 50,000, and two runners-up are awarded EUR 30,000 and EUR 20,000 respectively;
  • The EIT Women Leadership Award, awarded to exceptional women leaders from the EIT Community. The winner is awarded EUR 50,000, and two runners-up are awarded EUR 30,000 and EUR 20,000 respectively.


  • Open to women (this prize celebrates women in all their diversity);
  • They should be established in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country;
  • Have founded an innovative company registered at least 2 years before the call’s year.

Those applying for the Rising Innovators category must be under 35. There is no age limit to apply for the Women Innovators or EIT Women Leadership prize.

Evaluation Criteria

Eligible applications will be evaluated against 3 award criteria:

  • Breakthrough innovation – the company or organisation founded or cofounded by the applicant is pioneering a breakthrough and disruptive innovation within the EU or countries associated to Horizon Europe. 
  • Impact – This innovation addresses a real need or challenge, with significant benefits for people and/or planet.
  • Inspiration – the applicant is an inspiring leader, who has played a pivotal role in the success of the company or organisation. The applicant is a role model who inspires and empowers other women and girls. 


Applications are open until September 27, 2023 at 17:00 CET. Click on the links below to apply for each category on the EU Funding & Tenders portal.

For more information, visit European Prize for Women.

Deadline: September 27, 2023

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