Open Call – EIC Women Leadership Programme: call for mentors

The European Innovation Council (EIC) is launching a full-fledged impactful Women Leadership Programme (WLP) for women entrepreneurs and researchers supported by the EIC (Accelerator & Pathfinder), as well as Women TechEU beneficiaries. To this end, the EIC is looking for motivated and experienced entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and senior managers to join the programme as mentors.

Are you an experienced entrepreneur, investor, innovator or senior manager (M/F) motivated to make a lasting impact on the role of women in innovation and tech? Then we want you as a mentor for the EIC WLP!
Applications are on a rolling basis.



Women-led companies are on the rise. The participation of women in deep tech is not only a matter of fairness but an important case of using Europe’s full potential of excellence in science and businesses. The EIC proactively seized this great opportunity for growth: the latest EIC calls stated that at least 25% of applications invited for the second stage of evaluation should come from women-led companies. As a result, the amount of selected women-led companies went from 7% to 34% compared to the previous EIC-call. This contributed to an overall increase in the female led companies from 8% to 15% (blended finance calls only).

To further build upon this, the EIC is offering a dedicated mentoring programme, the EIC Women Leadership Programme (WLP), which aims to level the playing field in scalable businesses and mindsets by unlocking potential and breaking down barriers to success!


The European Innovation Council



If you are a change-maker and want to have a long-term impact on women’s participation in business within the innovation and tech, please join us as a mentor! 

We are looking for entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and senior managers (M/F) that have:

  • Extensive managerial experience;
  • An extensive and diverse professional network;
  • Experience in dealing with multiple issues in a fast-paced growth environment.

And that have the following skillset:

  • 360º approach to leadership and personal development;
  • Willingness to become a long-term ‘trusted’ advisor;
  • Empathy, integrity, credibility, diligence, independence and patience;
  • A ‘champion’ for gender equality/diversity;
  • Sensitive to work-life balance topics.


More information here



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