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We promote women leadership and empower women to become the next generation of women leaders in innovation, business, entrepreneurship and technology

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Women@EIT is a community that brings together women students and alumni of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and promotes women leadership across all Knowledge and Innovation Communities: Climate-KIC, Digital, Food, Health, InnoEnergy, Manufacturing, Raw Materials and Urban Mobility.


Equity, diversity, and inclusivity are fair and just drivers of innovation and prosperity. We believe that society needs to advance in this space to ultimately close the gender leadership gap, the pay gap, and the investment gap, for the benefit of present societies and next generations.

close the leadership gap

In the EU, managers are twice more likely to be male, while in major publicly listed EU companies, only 6.3% of CEO positions are held by women.

close the pay gap

Women make on average about 80 cents for every euro that a man earns, and the higher the average salaries are, the lower the proportion of women.

close the investment gap

In Europe, tech companies with all-female founding teams receive 2% of the capital invested, compared to 93 % of all-male teams, yet they perform more than twice as good. 

The EIT was set up to power Europe’s ability to innovate as we are concerned about our major societal challenge in areas such as health, climate change and sustainable energy. We will only achieve our mission if we mobilise women and men equally. The EIT Women network was created to support these efforts and to increase the participation of women in entrepreneurship activities across Europe. This will not only deliver more ideas and innovation but also reflects the EU’s core values, ensuring equality between women and men.

Martin Kern

EIT Director

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Featured initiatives

EIT Woman Leadership & Entrepreneurship Award

The EIT Woman Leadership & Entrepreneurship Award recognizes the outstanding work and achievements by an exceptional woman from the EIT Community. Prize money is EUR 50 000 for the winner, EUR 20 000 for the second place and EUR 10 000 for the third place.

The Award ceremony will take place on 8 December.  Read More

EIT Alumni CONNECT 2020

The Alumni CONNECT event is the annual meetup of the wider community. Over 150 Alumni from the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities will come together on 28 and 29 November to connect, build partnerships, co-create on projects and work together to build and develop the EIT Alumni Community. This year the theme of the event is Responsible Consumption and Production.

Women@EIT will organise a dedicated session aligned with the theme of the event.  Read More

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I am finally part of a community of driven women who are passionate and committed to make the EIT thrive and to share their love for science and STEM. I felt empowered, part of a community, and I can tackle going out there and organise events and create opportunities.

Giulia Marzetti, Local Leader 2019

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About Women@EIT

Women@EIT is a community that brings together female students and female alumni of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)Women@EIT aims to inspire the next generation of female leaders, promote women leadership across all EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities and empower women to become the next generation of role models in innovation, business, entrepreneurship, and technology.

About the EIT

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe. The EIT brings together leading business, education and research organisations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. These are called Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge. EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. Together, we power innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe to turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth. Read more