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Women TechEU project – First Open Call

The EIE-2023-CONNECT-01 project Women TechEU has launched its first open call to support deep tech start-ups led by women


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20 May 2024, 17:00 (CEST)


The overarching goal of Women Tech EU is to support women founders and entrepreneurs leading deep tech start-ups from Europe to grow into tomorrow’s tech leaders and to put women at the forefront of deep tech in Europe.

The first open call runs from 18 March 2024 until 20 May 2024 and will select and empower 40 women-led deep tech early-stage start-ups that will contribute to the green, digital and social transition in line with the European objectives.

The call is open to women entrepreneurs from all over the European Union and Horizon Europe associated countries who meet the eligibility criteria described in the call documents. With EUR 75 000 funding (non-diluting finance) and a personalized business development programme, the project will be paving the way for these innovators to shine as leaders in deep tech innovation across Europe

Beyond the funding, the programme of services that will be offered will include:

  • Service 1 Female mentors (one meeting per month during 6 months)
  • Service 2 Investor outreach and pitch preparation
  • Service 3 Investor and Export Readiness Check
  • Service 4 Soft Skills Training
  • Service 5 Sales Strategy & Execution
  • Service 6 Environmental Impact Assessment:
  • Service 7 Corporate Access

At the moment of submission, the applicant will select her top three services that she would like to get from Women TechEU project. During the execution of the Programme of Services selected services from the EIC Business Accelerator Service will also be offered

Constant contacts and checkups of the KPIs that will be jointly developed by the entrepreneurs and their coaches will ensure that there is a smooth ongoing scaleup of their businesses, in order to prepare the winners to eventually also apply for the EIC Accelerator scheme.

For further information please visit the project website: