Funding Programmes

Women TechEU


Deep tech accounts for over a quarter of the European start-up ecosystem, yet women are largely underrepresented across this industry. To address this gender gap, the European Union introduced the Women TechEU, a two-year EU-funded project supporting women leading deep tech start-up companies from Europe.

The Women TechEU targets early-stage deep tech start-ups founded, or co-founded, by women who hold a top management position in the company and at least 25% of the shares at the time of submission. The company can not have received €1M or more in equity.

This programme is launching four calls for applications over the span of two years, which will benefit 160 beneficiaries.

The Women TechEU programme offers:

  • Financial support to companies of €75k in grant (non-dilutive finance), to finance activities that will accelerate the development, growth, and sustainability of the business.
  • Personalised business development programme which includes mentoring, coaching, and targeted training among other options.


To apply for Women TechEU support, applicants must meet the following:

  • Be a women (Women TechEU supports women in all their diversity. The word woman equates, according to the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA), to a cis woman, or a transgender woman who is legally defined as a woman).
  • Be a founder or co-founder of an early-stage deep tech start-up, registered and established in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country for at least six months prior to the submission deadline and a maximum of eight years.
  • Women must hold a top management position (CEO, CTO or equivalent) in the company.
  • Women should hold at least 25% of the company shares at the time of submission.
  • The company must have raised less than €1M in equity.


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For more detailed information and latest updates, see the official programme website.

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