Greek woman in line for top EU innovation award

15 March 2018
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Greek engineer Zoi Giavri was selected among the 3 finalists for the Rising Innovators prize of the 2018 EU Women Innovators Award. Zoi Giavri co-founded the company Advantis in Athens, which offers a web-based software suite for the processing of brain MRI exams.

Each finalist has founded or co-founded a successful company based on her innovative ideas. Nine of the outstanding women are in the running for three prizes in the main category, and three others for the Rising Innovators prize that recognises excellent female entrepreneurs under the age of 30.

Apart from Zoi Giavri, the other two candidates of the Rising Innovators Award are: Karen Dolva from Norway, who co-founded the company No Isolation in Oslo, which creates tailored communications devices for groups that are socially isolated and lonely; and Anna FISCALE from Italy, who co-founded the QUID Project in Avesa, which produces clothing and accessories from waste and leftovers, and which employs disadvantaged people.

The finalists were selected by a jury of independent experts from the fields of business, venture capital, entrepreneurship, and academia. The Commission received 122 applications from across EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020 and the winner will receive a prize of €22,000. The companies created by the contestants are built around innovative ideas in a wide range of sectors, with health, biotech, and social innovation being the most prominent ones.

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