21/07/2020

EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020: 21 entrepreneurs are through to the final


21名女性创业者荣登“2020年度欧盟女性创新者奖”决赛入围名单

欧洲和其它地区的21位最具才华最励志的女性创业者最近荣登“欧盟女性创新者奖”决赛入围名单。该奖专门表彰那些在经营创新企业方面成绩卓著的女性创业者,并得到了欧盟“地平线2020”(Horizon 2020)科研创新计划的资助。今年的决赛参加者们在多个行业倡导对各自领域产生重要影响的创新活动,并帮助抗击一些全球性的挑战。她们的创新成果涵盖多个领域,从癌症疗法优化,一直到通过海洋和海浪产生清洁电力。

背景:

尽管欧洲女多男少,但在欧洲的所有初创企业当中,由女性独自创立或与他人共同创立的企业仅占16%,而创始团队成员完全为女性的企业只有区区6%。如果企业的女性领导者或女性董事较多,就会有更强的创造力、更开阔的决策过程,以及更好的团队绩效。但最重要的是,女性领导者较多,意味着女孩和年轻女性会有更多的榜样,假如人们希望在欧洲实现性别平等,这一点就显得至关重要。

实现一个在生活的方方面面促进性别平等的所谓“平等联盟”,是欧盟委员会的优先事项之一。委员会正与欧盟成员国和“地平线2020”相关国家携手排除女性创业阻碍,鼓励更多女性创办自己的企业。

欧盟女性创新者奖于2011年问世,旨在帮助人们更强烈地意识到世界需要更多的女性创业者,并为成年女性和女孩树立榜样。每年都有4位来自欧盟和相关国家的才华横溢的女性创业者荣获该奖项,她们创办了十分成功的企业,并将创新成果引入市场。其中有三位获奖者各自得到10万欧元奖金,另一位则获得5万欧元“崛起创新者”奖金,她们的年龄均不超过35周岁。

Twenty-one of the most talented and inspiring women entrepreneurs in Europe and beyond are in the shortlist for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020. The prize celebrates the outstanding achievements of female entrepreneurs running innovative companies and is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation. This year’s finalists are pioneering game-changing innovations across a wide range of industries and help combat global challenges. Their innovations range from the optimisation of cancer treatments to generating clean electricity from ocean and sea waves.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said:

“Today, we celebrate the work of outstanding women innovators and encourage the next generation of women and girls to follow in their footsteps. Gender biases and stereotypes continue to steer girls and women away from science and technology-related careers. These women clearly lead by example and show that you can follow your dreams no matter how big they are.”

Thirteen candidates are competing for three prizes of €100,000 each in the main category, while eight others are competing for the Rising Innovator title that recognises excellent female entrepreneurs under the age of 35 and comes with a €50,000 award.

The thirteen finalists in the main category are:

  • Anita Finnegan (Ireland), co-founder and CEO of Nova Leah, a company offering cybersecurity risk management solutions for medical device manufacturers.
  • Anita Schjøll Brede (Norway/Denmark), co-founder of Iris.ai, an AI-based search engine for reading scientific research.
  • Aranzazu Martínez (Spain), co-founder and Managing Director of It Will Be. Her company helps tackle poverty through technological innovation, providing support to vulnerable women and children.
  • Belinda Cowling (France), co-founder and CSO of Dynacure, a clinical-stage drug development company developing therapy for rare and orphan muscle diseases.
  • Caroline Walerud (Sweden), co-founder and Executive Chairman of Volumental. Her company helps people find and create perfect fitting footwear through 3D scanning and AI.
  • Cécile Real (France), co-founder and CTO of Endodiag. Her company develops early diagnosis solutions for endometriosis, a disease affecting 180 million women worldwide.
  • Galit Zuckerman Stark (Israel), founder and CEO of Medasense, a company developing sensor-based personalised pain management technology.
  • Inna Braverman (Israel), founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power. Her company develops an innovative technology to generate clean electricity from ocean and sea waves.
  • Judit Cubedo (Spain), co-founder and CEO of GlyCardial Diagnostics, a company improving the early diagnosis of cardiac ischemic events.
  • Madiha Derouazi (Switzerland), founder and CEO of Amal Therapeutics, a company developing therapeutic cancer vaccines.
  • Magdalena Król (Poland), co-founder of Cellis, a company developing cell-based immunotherapy for solid tumours.
  • Maria Fátima Lucas (Portugal/Spain), co-founder and CEO of Zymvol Biomodeling, a company developing computer-designed industrial enzymes by applying molecular modelling.
  • Neus Sabaté (Spain), co-founder and Scientific Adviser at Fuelium, a company developing paper-based eco-friendly batteries for portable diagnostic devices.

The eight finalists in the Rising Innovator category are:

  • Ailbhe Keane (Ireland), founder and creative director of Izzy Wheels. Her company creates fashionable wheel covers for wheelchairs.
  • Evelina Vågesjö (Sweden), co-founder and CEO of Ilya Pharma. Her company is developing next-generation biological drugs for treating wounds in skin and mucosa.
  • Iris Braun (Germany), co-founder of share, a consumer goods brand based on the 1+1 model: for every share product sold, a person in need receives an equivalent product.
  • Josefien Groot (Netherlands), co-founder and CEO of Qlayers. Her company is developing microstructures to boost the efficiency of wind turbines.
  • Rebecca Saive (Netherlands), co-founder and CTO of ETC Solar. Her company is developing a micro metal 3D printing tool to enable performance enhancement of solar cells.
  • Stefanie Flueckiger-Mangual (Switzerland), co-founder and CEO of TOLREMO Therapeutics. The company is developing next-generation resistance-preventing combination therapies for cancer.
  • Valentina Menozzi & Alice Michelangeli (Italy), co-founders and respectively CTO and CSO of Prometheus. These two women innovators submitted one joint application for the Prize. Their company is developing a biotech automated wound care system based on the use of patient’s blood.

The winners of the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020 will be announced at the European Research and Innovation Days taking place on 22-24 September 2020. At the same event, the Commission will award the European Capital of Innovation 2020, the EIC Horizon Prize for Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid, and the Horizon Impact Award 2020.

Background

Though there are more women than men in Europe, only 16% of European start-ups are founded or co-founded by women, and a mere 6% have all-female founding teams. More female leaders and women on boards leads to greater creativity, broader decision-making and better team performance. But, most importantly, more female leaders means more role models for girls and young women, which is critical if we want to achieve gender parity in Europe.

Achieving a Union of Equality that promotes gender equality in all spheres of life, is one of the major priorities of the European Commission. The Commission is working with Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020 to overcome the barriers to women entrepreneurship and encourage more women to start their own companies.

First launched in 2011, the EU Prize for Women Innovators was created to raise awareness of the need for more female entrepreneurs and create role models for women and girls. The prize is awarded every year to four talented women entrepreneurs from across the EU and Associated Countries, who have founded a successful company and brought innovation to market. Three winners each receive €100,000, with another €50,000 awarded to a Rising Innovator, aged 35 or younger.