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Women TechEU

Women TechEU Consortium

Taking over from the sterling work carried out in the past by the European Commission, The Women TechEU project is currently being led by a consortium of partners from 8 countries across Europe with the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency remaining its granting authority.

The consortium partners cover all the expertise and geographies needed to reach over 15000 women entrepreneurs in deep tech from all over Europe.


Led by EIT Manufacturing, it is strengthened with the participation of other KICs from EIT – Health, Food and Climate – leveraging the power of their network and landmark events.


We also count with the expertise from Sploro in cascade funding programmes. AcrossLimits will guide the communication and dissemination activities as well as link in the service delivery with Awaken Hub, who will coordinate an effort to evaluate over 1500 applicants in 4 different open calls.


The consortium is also complemented by a number of major networks of investors and women entrepreneurs – EBAN, AFAEMME, WA4STEAM and Finance Innovation.

EIT Manufacturing

EIT Manufacturing is a knowledge and innovation community, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. It is the largest innovation network for the manufacturing industry in Europe and invests in its strategic and sustainable development. By connecting manufacturing companies, research organisations and universities in innovation ecosystems, EIT Manufacturing fosters the development of innovative technologies and the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing.

EITM West, headquartered in San Sebastian, Spain, is the coordinator of the project, whilst EITM South based in Italy and EITM East based in Austria are affiliated partners.


Sploro is an innovation advisory firm from Spain with long experience in managing open innovation programmes and funds to support third parties internationally. Sploro is a word in Esperanto that means exploration. We were born as a company with the idea of becoming true explorers of innovation. Our mission is as simple as ambitious, we want to make innovation understandable and reachable for any organization through services and digital technologies.


Hailing from Ireland, AwakenHub is an experienced all female team which enhances opportunities, access, and connectivity for female founders, removing barriers to investment, scaling, and success, with experience providing support and assistance through their community, We have no agenda other than to change the landscape for women founders and open up the investor community for women across Ireland – North and South and it’s diaspora.  We welcome any woman founder or want-to-be founder to join us as well as allies who wish to support us and them.


AcrossLimits is a dynamic company primarily based in Malta, offering European solutions for technology, innovation, funding, networking, commercialisation and more. Their experience with helping start-ups access EU funding across Europe has helped them to build a large ecosystem of industry stakeholders and experts. AcrossLimits has also participated in multiple European Projects aimed towards helping start-ups scale up, including projects targeting research commercialisation and female entrepreneurship.

European Business Angels Network (EBAN)

European Business Angels Network is the pan-European representative for the early stage investor community gathering over 100 member organizations in more than 50 countries today. Established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest 11.4 billion Euros a year and playing a vital role in Europe’s future, notably in the funding of SMEs. EBAN fuels Europe’s growth through the creation of wealth and jobs.

Finance Innovation

A global competitiveness cluster created by the French government in 2007, and a trusted third party of public interest, Finance Innovation has a vast network of valuable members and partners to encourage innovation and research in the financial ecosystem with a special focus on women in the Fintech sector.


Finance Innovation supports financial startups in 7 business areas: Insurance, Banking, Sustainable and Responsible Finance, Asset Management, Corporate Finance, Real State/Smart City and Decentralize Finance. Our goal: help Fintech to grow by providing visibility, credibility, networking and fundraising assistance.Finance Innovation supports finance startups in 6 areas of activity: Insurance, Banking, Sustainable and Solidarity Finance, Asset Management, Corporate Management and Finance and Real Estate. Our goal: to help them grow by providing visibility, credibility, networking and fundraising assistance.

Asociación Women Angels For STEAM (WA4STEAM)

WA4STEAM is a growing international community of women angel investors seeking to expand women entrepreneurial presence in the STEAM fields. Our members are more than business angels driven by profitability, since they aim not only to provide seed capital, but also to become a strategic partner nurturing women future leaders and role models. Our members hold a wide variety of backgrounds with professional expertise in biosciences, mathematics, finance, engineering, law, accounting, communication, education and training. Altogether, these backgrounds combined, add significant value to the early stages of start-ups life cycle.

Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen (AFAEMME)

AFAEMME is the Federation of Businesswomen Associations in the Mediterranean, launched in 2002 in Barcelona (Spain). AFAEMME currently comprises 65 businesswomen organisations from 24 Mediterranean countries. AFAEMME is a coordinator of Euro Mediterranean business, gender equality projects and ground-breaking research, it also serves as a networking platform for businesswomen and women entrepreneurs in the Euro Mediterranean region and a Lobby for strengthening gender equality and facilitating the access of women to decision-making positions in the economy.

EIT Food South S.L.

Asociacion EIT Health Spain

EIT Climate-KIC