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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 will be organised by an external consortium. You will find more information 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

The call for women-led startups is now closed. Deadline for submissions was 4 October 2022 17:00 (CET).

A new call is open for the organisation of the Women TechEU calls 2023-2024. This call is targeting consortia. Please apply here.

Check the FAQs and find answers to the most common questions.

8 MARCH 2023
Organisation of the Women TechEU 2023 FAQ
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26 APRIL 2022
Women TechEU 2021-2022 FAQs
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EU launches second edition of Women TechEU

The European Commission launched today the second call of Women TechEU, with an increased budget of 10 million euro. This year, up to 130 deep-tech start-ups led by women will qualify for funding and business acceleration services to grow into tomorrow's female tech leaders.