EU launches Women TechEU pilot to put women at the forefront of deep tech

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). ...The scheme will offer financial support to women-led startups with grants of €75 000 and first-class coaching and mentoring through the EIC’s Women Leadership Programme. The EIC’s main Accelerator programme also targets women-led start-ups, but the new Women TechEU scheme provides support at the earlier, formative stage of companies in order to increase the number of women launching their own start-ups. 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. The call for proposals closes at 17:00 (Brussels time, CET) on 10 November 2021.