Leaders: Women Innovators in Manufacturing from EIT RIS eligible countries!

LEADERS: Women Innovators in Manufacturing from EIT RIS eligible countries

LEADERS is a competition designed to support and highlight the best women innovators from EIT RIS eligible countries (professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs) who are playing a leading role in developing solutions that address manufacturing-related challenges and that could have a strong financial, environmental or societal impact. Stay tuned for the application process, which typically starts in the quarter 2 of each year!

The EIT Manufacturing RIS activity “LEADERS” is going ahead! In the beginning of October 2021, 30 participants of the LEADERS call met for an online pitch training. The female innovators, who contribute to providing solutions to address manufacturing-related challenges, are now preparing for the Grand Final of LEADERS.

30 female manufacturing innovators from EIT RIS eligible countries were pre-selected and 3 women LEADERS identified

Read more about 2021’s LEADERS competition!

I am proud to see how much great potential we have in the EIT RIS countries and how many talented women innovators could be identified by this call. We hope, with this activity, in addition to supporting and highlighting female LEADERS in EIT RIS, we will eventually motivate more female talents to innovate and lead.

Megi Plaku, CLC East RIS Relationship Manager & Coordinator of LEADERS

The EIT Manufacturing RIS activity “LEADERS” aims at supporting female innovators from EIT RIS eligible countries. Out of all received applications, 30 LEADERS were pre-selected and joined two online training sessions on business pitching led by CLC West-Business Creation Manager Gala Maturana, who is also a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation. In the first training session, Gala gave the participants basic insights and helpful tips on pitching and shared her vast experience with them. In a second workshop, the pre-selected LEADERS applied their new knowledge and trained live pitching with the other candidates, receiving instant feedback.

Online Pitch Training with 30 Female LEADERS

“I see the participation in the LEADERS call as an opportunity to gain new skills and to get support in empowering women in the manufacturing area.”, says LEADERS participant Anet Rezek Jambrak, PhD, Professor at the University of Zagreb.

In a next step, the 30 pre-selected LEADERS will submit their 3-minute video pitches, which an external jury will evaluate. Only 6 participants will be invited to live pitch in the LEADERS Grand Final during the EIT Manufacturing Summit 2021. In the end, 3 LEADERS will be awarded with prizes of up to EUR 10.000 and will receive additional international publicity through EIT Manufacturing.

“We need the manufacturing sector to be more inclusive, and the best way to achieve this is by supporting women innovators to become the role models that the next generations of girls will be looking up to. We want to encourage having more women in higher positions for a more sustainable and more competitive manufacturing industry. Diversity and inclusion – this is the way to go”, says Gala Maturana, Business Creation Manager, EIT Manufacturing CLC West.

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