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Women TechEU

Supporting deep-tech start-ups led by women


Funded under the European Innovation Ecosystems work programme of Horizon Europe, Women TechEU is a new initiative of the European Union. The scheme offers first-class coaching and mentoring to female founders, as well as targeted funding to help take their business to the next level. Women TechEU offers:

  • Financial support to the company as an individual grant of EUR 75 000 to support the initial steps in the innovation process, and the growth of the company,
  • Mentoring and coaching provided by the EIC Business Acceleration Services (BAS), under the new “Women Leadership Programme”, which include dedicated networking and pitching events,
  • The possibility to participate in dedicated activities organised by InvestEU and Enterprise Europe Network.

As of 2023/2024, the Women TechEU scheme and related calls are organised by an external consortium. You will find more information on the WomenTechEU consortium's website and in the Horizon Europe European Innovation Ecosystems Work Programme 2023-2024.

Women TechEU 2021-2022

The Women TechEU pilot scheme launched on 13 July 2021 as a new EU scheme supporting deep-tech start-ups led by women and helping them grow into tomorrow’s deep tech champions. Under the Women TechEU pilot call, 50 promising deep-tech start-ups from the EU Member States and Associated Countries are receiving targeted funding and first-class coaching and mentoring.

After its successful pilot, in 2022, the Commission has launched a second WomenTechEU call, with an increased budget of 10 million euro. Another 134 deep-tech companies, founded by women, will be getting financial support and mentoring services as a result.

Check the list of the 134 selected companies

Meet the Women TechEU pilot beneficiaries

Funding opportunities

For upcoming calls in 2024, please check the WomenTechEU website.