#EUPrizeForWomenInnovators – Commission honours four outstanding entrepreneurs

| May 20, 2019

Last week in Paris, Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas announced the four winners of the 2019 EU Prize for Women Innovators worth overall €350,000.

The prize is funded under Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme. The winners have founded a successful company based on their innovative ideas.

Commissioner Moedas said: “I am honoured to share this moment of recognition with such amazing innovators. They show the unlimited talent present in Europe and the importance of women entrepreneurs. I hope that with this prize, our winners will go on to inspire many other women to create innovative businesses.”

Three winners will each receive €100,000: 1) Irina Borodina (Lithuania), co-founder of the biotech company BioPhero, which produces pheromones as an alternative to pesticides 2) Martine Caroff (France), founder of the two biotech companies LPS-BioSciences and HEPHAISTOS-Pharma, active in the area of in vitro diagnostics, medical devices and immunotherapy; and 3) Shimrit Perkol-Finkel (Israel), co-founder of the company ECOncrete Tech, that provides environmentally conscious concrete products. The fourth winner from the rising innovator category will receive €50,000: Michela Puddu (Italy), co-founder of the company Haelixa, that uses DNA-based tracing to ensure ethical and transparent consumer good supply chains. The aim of the EU Prize for Women Innovators is to raise public awareness of the need for more innovation and more women entrepreneurs, to recognize the success of women in innovation and create strong role models.

More information on the winners and the Prize is available in this news item.

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