EU Prize for Women Innovators The European Commission launched this contest to reward women innovators who had achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market. The prize aims to inspire and raise awareness of the need for more women innovators and entrepreneurs. The contest was open to all women who had at some stage participated in the EU Framework Programmes. An independent panel of judges from business and academia examined the entries and selected the three winners. The first prize was €100 000, the second prize €50 000 and the third prize €25 000. The prize was designed by the French artist Mireille Bailly-Coulange. A "Sculptor of light", she created a new method for engraving Altuglas (acrylic glass).
Watch videos of all the contests from 2004 to 2014, plus a documentary following the careers of three previous young winners of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, who have gone on to have amazing careers in science: Lina Tomasella from Italy, Cristian Kraus from Denmark and Jane Feehan from Ireland!
The nine cities shortlisted for the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016 were announced on 21 January 2016. The finalists were chosen by a high-level jury of independent experts from 36 applications.
The winners were announced on Friday 8 April at a ceremony attended by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions.