The winners, chosen by a jury of independent experts, were announced at the European Research and Innovation Days, this year it took place entirely online. They are (in alphabetical order):
- Madiha Derouazi (Switzerland), founder and CEO of Amal Therapeutics, a company developing therapeutic cancer vaccines.
- Maria Fátima Lucas (Portugal), co-founder and CEO of Zymvol Biomodeling, a company developing computer-designed industrial enzymes by applying molecular modelling.
- Arancha Martínez (Spain), co-founder and Managing Director of It Will Be. Her company helps tackle poverty through technological innovation, providing support to vulnerable women and children.
The three winners all received a €100,000 cash prize for their achievements.
The Rising Innovator 2020 prize, awarded to an exceptional innovator under the age of 35, goes to:
- Josefien Groot (Netherlands), co-founder and CEO of Qlayers. Her company is developing microstructures to boost the efficiency of wind turbines.
Ms Groot received a €50,000 cash prize for her achievements.
Source, more Information, winners and background: PR - European Commission, 23.09.2020