The WEgate Awards for Women Entrepreneurs in Europe celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of women across Europe that encapsulates all these qualities. They recognize women who distinguish themselves as business leaders, through passion and creativity in their ventures, contribution to advancing the status of other women in their entrepreneurial journey or through a greater social impact of their businesses.
This year’s award winners are:
The awards, given each year at the WEgate Summit, are separated into three categories;
WEgate Nova Award for Women Entrepreneurship in Europe: awarded to a WE running a newly established business (maximum three years) demonstrating outstanding qualities in setting up and growing a business with strong socio-economic potential. Winner - Barbara Buades, MEETOPTICS LAB S.L, Spain.
WEgate Magna Award for Women Entrepreneurship in Europe: awarded to a WE running an established business able to demonstrate the successful scale of a business with an innovative socio-economic or environmental approach. Winner - Melek Yildiz, Meta Engineering Ltd, Turkey.
WEgate Impulse Award for Women Entrepreneurship in Europe: awarded to a WE acting as a champion enhancing the status of Women Entrepreneurs and/or leading an organization running initiatives or providing services that encourage and support other WE in her community. Winner - Jennifer Woodard, INSIKT INTELLIGENCE. Spain
The WEgate Awards are supported by the European Commission through COSME - Europe’s programme for small and medium-sized enterprises - as a pledge to promote women's economic empowerment. This year's awards have been judged by a panel of six, including Marina Andrieu, Founder and executive director of WIDE, Lurdes Gramaxo, Partner and Executive Director of Bynd Venture Capital and Terezia Jacova, Co-founder of Lumus Investment Collective.