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Story 22 February 2024

EIC Women Leadership Programme: Open Call – for female researchers and aspiring female leaders

EIC Women Leadership Programme

The European Innovation Council (EIC) is pleased to announce the launch of the 5th cohort of the EIC Women Leadership Programme (EIC WLP). Building on the success from the previous editions, this cohort, running from April - June 2024, will offer EIC female researchers and aspiring female leaders the tools and support to enhance their leadership skills.

The EIC WLP supports, inspires, and empowers female innovators. This cohort will provide the selected leaders with a set of training and networking events, as well as business coaching and mentoring opportunities for career and business development.

If you would like to boost up your leadership and entrepreneurial skills, apply until 20 March 2024, EOD!


Got your attention? Check out the testimonials from previous editions below or watch the recording of the third EIC WLP Closing Ceremony here.

Key components of the programme 

  1. Training Sessions: deep diving into a variety of leadership and research topics 
  2. Networking Events: expanding your contacts into the research and business world 
  3. Coaching Scheme: addressing your research projects challenges 
  4. Mentoring Scheme: unlocking your personal career development 

Before applying, please check the timeline of the EIC WLP activities below to ensure your availability.

Event name

Date & Venue (TBC)

22 February 2024

Open Call for Applications

20 March 2024

Application deadline

12 April 2024 

Confirmation of participation    

23 April 2024

Introductory workshop and mentor speed dating, online

April- June 2024

Training sessions and networking activities, online or in person (TBC)

Eligibility criteria 

The 5th cohort of the EIC Women Leadership Programme is dedicated exclusively to female researchers and aspiring female leaders of institutions which have benefited from the following schemes:

  • EIC Pathfinder 
  • EIC Transition 
  • FTI under Horizon 2023 
  • FET Open and FET Proactive under Horizon 2023

We are looking forward to welcoming you into our community of female innovators and providing you with the programme services taking your business career into the next level.

Need help?

For additional information, please refer to our Helpdesk service (please choose 'EIC Women Leadership Programme' as the subject) or visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


What our alumni say about EIC WLP?

Joana Simões Correia, Executive Director and CSO at Exogenus Therapeutics:

The EIC Women Leadership Programme was all about self-confidence and empowerment.

Alessandra Balduini, Professor and principal Investigation at SilkFusion:

The EIC Women Leadership Programme had a great impact on my career. As a scientist, I learnt about business and how to direct my science, my research, in that sense.


Additional Information about the EIC Women Leadership Programme

Involvement of women in advanced technology sectors is crucial not only for equitable representation but also to fully harness Europe’s capabilities in science and business. The EIC Business Acceleration Services (BAS) amplify the impact of EIC investments. With the EIC Women Leadership Program, the EIC aims to level the playing field in scalable businesses and mindsets by unlocking potential and breaking down barriers to success. Established as a pilot in 2021, the WLP has so far provided skills enhancement and networking support to 3 cohorts of more than 180 female researchers and entrepreneurs from the EIC Community and beyond. Besides dedicated trainings, the programme features individual coaching, mentoring and pitching activities as well as different outreach initiatives to raise awareness and showcase women researchers and entrepreneurs as role models.


Apply to the Women Leadership Programme

DISCLAIMER: This information is provided in the interest of knowledge sharing and should not be interpreted as the official view of the European Commission, or any other organisation.

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