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Record number, 467 applications from 35 Member States

Record number of applications received
Under the second Women TechEU call

The second edition of the Women TechEU call showed an increasing demand for funding targeting women-led deep-tech start-ups. On 4 October, the European Commission received 467 applications from 35 Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries.

Spanish women led start-ups submitted the highest number of proposals, similarly to the pilot edition. Companies from Germany and France once again took 2nd and 3rd place in terms of number of submitted proposals.

The Women TechEU call attracted also applications from the Horizon Europe Associated Countries – most proposals came from Turkish and Norwegian start-ups, but companies from Israel, Albania, Moldova, Serbia, and Ukraine also applied for this call. Proposals cover a wide range of deep-tech areas, including similarly to previous edition technologies such as  AI, biotech, health tech, clean tech, and ICT.

Women applicants must have founded or co-founded an early-stage deep-tech start-up, and have to hold a top management position (CEO, CTO, COO or CFO) 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.

In this second edition of Women TechEU, up to 130 promising deep-tech start-ups from the EU Member States and Associated Countries will receive financial support with grants of €75 000 and first-class coaching and mentoring through the EIC’s Women Leadership Programme. Independent experts will now evaluate the proposals. The evaluation’s results will be announced in the first quarter of 2023.

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