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The eighth edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators closed on Wednesday 30 June, with a record number of applications from across Europe and Associated Countries. A total of 264 applications were submitted, up from 198 total applications in 2020 and 155 applications in 2019.

Overall, women from 35 different countries applied to this year’s edition, with the highest number of applications coming from Spain with 36 proposals. A total of 30 applications came from ‘Widening’ countries (EU 13, Portugal and Greece), and another 44 applications were submitted by Associated Countries, including two applications from Tunisia, and the very first applications from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Applicants to this year’s edition have founded a variety of innovative companies, working on advancing health technologies, green technologies, 5G technology companies, fintech, and much more.

Eligible applications will now be evaluated from July through October. The final shortlist will be published in October, and the winners will be announced at the European Innovation Council Summit in November.

This year’s edition is dedicated to the memory of Dr Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, brilliant marine biologist and a visionary entrepreneur. She was awarded the EU Prize for Women Innovators in 2019 for her groundbreaking work with sustainable concrete solutions that offered hope to restore and protect the world’s marine ecosystems.

This month, the European Commission is launching a new support action for women-led deep tech startups. The Women TechEU scheme will offer first-class coaching and mentoring to female founders, as well as targeted funding to help take their business to the next level.

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