EIT Awards nominations recognise Europe’s top entrepreneurs and innovations

EIT Awards 2017 nominees collage

The EIT announces the 21 nominees for the EIT Awards 2017: women entrepreneurs make up 38% of the nominees.

The awards ceremony will be held on 16 October during the EIT’s annual Innovation Forum, INNOVEIT, in Budapest. The 21 nominations represent Europe’s most promising entrepreneurs and innovators. Each nominee has been selected for driving European innovation through ground-breaking products, services and processes that address global challenges in the fields of climate, energy, digitalisation, health and raw materials.

The nominees come from the following countries: Germany (5), Netherlands (3), Sweden (3), Switzerland (2) and one each from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Hungary, Iran, Latvia and UK.

In response to the nominations, Martin Kern, EIT Interim Director, said: ‘We are proud to power the most promising entrepreneurs to take their innovations from ideas to products, start-ups and jobs that bring solutions to today’s major challenges. The EIT Awards help to identify the European entrepreneurs that can compete on the global stage.’

The 2017 EIT Awards nominees have been selected from among the most successful start-ups and projects supported by the EIT Community in the following categories: EIT Change, EIT Innovators and EIT Venture.

The 21 nominees will now go through to a final selection for the three awards and the winner of each will be announced at the EIT Awards Ceremony in Budapest on 16 October.

This year’s selection of change makers stands out for its high percentage of women entrepreneurs. Of the 21 nominees announced today, 8 are women – an increase of 20% over last year.

Martin Kern added: ‘Women are Europe’s biggest untapped innovation potential and we are very pleased to see a significant increase in women nominees this year. This is real recognition of the many women who are part of the EIT Community and our efforts to promote women’s entrepreneurship – it is starting to happen!’

Martin Kern concluded: ‘The EIT Awards, and the entire nomination process, represent a prime opportunity to recognise today’s brilliance and showcase tomorrow’s Europe.’

The full list of EIT Awards nominees can be found here.

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Read the EIT's press release on the nominees.

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