Moedas announces finalists for Women Innovators 2018 Prize
Twelve successful women entrepreneurs who have brought their breakthrough ideas to the market have made it to the shortlist for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018, funded under Horizon 2020. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, announced the names on this year's International Women's Day at a meeting of the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. “On this day, the world shouts about the importance of gender equality. For me, the battle must be won on many fronts. And two of our strongest tools to empower women are science and innovation. This is the true spirit of the EU Prize for Women Innovators." Moedas said.
Each finalist has founded or co-founded a successful company based on her innovative ideas. Nine of the outstanding women are in the running for three prizes in the main category, and three others for the Rising Innovators prize that recognises excellent female entrepreneurs under the age of 30.
Among the finalists is Walburga Fröhlich from Austria. Ms Fröhlich is the founder and CEO of atempo, a social business company. Today, atempo has grown into a social franchise network with more than 80 partners in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It has invented services and products, which allow people with learning disabilities to enter the workforce as paid employees. The vision of this company is to change society's view of disabled people as needy fosterlings, and to empower our society to manage diversity properly.TOP