Apply Now: Women TechEU

For women-led deep tech start-ups

Field: women, startups, deeptech, innovation, female founders

The European Commission launched Women TechEU – a new EU scheme supporting deep-tech start-ups led by women and helping them grow into tomorrow’s deep tech champions!

This scheme comes under the new Horizon Europe innovation ecosystems programme, reinforced by the European Innovation Council (EICs).

Up to 50 promising deep tech start-ups from EU Member States and Associated Countries will be funded under the first Women TechEU pilot call. Applicants must have founded or co-founded an early stage deep tech startup, and hold a top management position (CEO, CTO or equivalent) in the company. The company must be registered and established in an EU Member State or Associated Country for at least six months at the time of the submission.

Support provided to Women TechEU beneficiaries under this initiative is made up of the following components:

  • financial support to the company as an individual grant of EUR 75 000 supporting activities such as upgrading the business model, updating the business plan and growth strategy, finding partners and investors, market validation, etc.;
  • mentoring and coaching provided by the EIC Business Acceleration Services (BAS), under the new ‘Women Leadership Programme’, which includes dedicated networking and pitching events;
  • the possibility to participate in dedicated activities organised by InvestEU and the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

Project results are expected to contribute to the following expected outcomes:

  • Support deep tech innovation as a basis for a modern, knowledge-driven, resource-efficient and competitive economy;
  • Promote female leadership in the deep tech industry to build fairer, more inclusive, and more prosperous innovation ecosystems in Europe.

The call for proposals closes at 17:00 (Brussels time, CET) on 10 November 2021. Apply here.

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