Upcoming Call of EmpoWOMEN for women-led startups for acceleration services

EmpoWOMEN is a collaborative initiative led by Sploro in partnership with Tech UkraineStartup Wise Guys, and Business Angels Europe. This project, funded by the European Union through its Horizon Europe Research and Innovation program, seeks to overcome the obstacles faced by women in the field of R&D&I to improve equality in deep tech entrepreneurship.

EmpoWOMEN will feature two open callsThe first call for applications is scheduled to commence on January 8, 2024, and will run until March 8, aligning with International Women’s Day.

The primary purpose of this email is to share this impactful project with you and kindly request your assistance in spreading the word within your community. EmpoWOMEN believes in the power of collaboration and is committed to making a significant change by offering an exclusive program for the growth of women-led businesses in countries that are currently less represented.

Your support in sharing this initiative will contribute to the collective efforts in fostering diversity and inclusion within the tech entrepreneurship sector.

What will be offered?

·         Up to €45,000 in equity-free funding

·         Six-month support program

·         Access to Top-Level Mentors

·         Tech Event Vouchers

·         Exclusive Investment Readiness Program with Business Angels

·         Choice of Mentors and Experts Based on Needs

·         Awards for Top Startups per Cohort

Who can apply to the 1st Open Call?

·         Deep tech Startups: The startup must be engaged in the development of advanced and disruptive technologies, according to European definitions for deeptech.

·         Women Leadership: It is essential that the leadership of the startup be headed by women, with at least one woman playing a key role, either as a co-founder, a member of the core management team, or on the board of directors.

·         Equity Participation: Women are expected to have a significant share in the equity ownership of the startup.

·         Geographical Location: The company must be legally established in:

o        Widening Countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.

o        Outermost regions: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), Canary Islands (Spain), Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France).

o        Associated countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, North Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine.

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