Supernovas: Making women shine in the entrepreneurial universe

The EIC Women Leadership Programme supports, inspires, and empowers female innovators. This cohort will provide the selected entrepreneurs with a set of trainings and networking events, as well as business coaching and mentoring opportunities for career development.


19 December 2023

Open call for Applications

21 January 2024

Application deadline

9 February 2024

Confirmation of participation

20 February 2024

Introductory workshop and mentor speed dating, online

5 March 2024

Kick-off meeting with selected participants, online

18-19 March 2024

EIC Summit – trainning and networking event, Brussels

March - May 2024

Trainning sessions and networking activities, online

May 2024

Closing ceremony, online

Women Leadership Programme in a nutshell

The programme is open to female researchers and entrepreneurs from the EIC Community and EIT female entrepreneurs.

Each cohort consists of both virtual and in-person training sessions, led by high-profile experienced trainers who challenge participants’ leadership approaches with inspiring case studies and use participatory approaches to encourage active engagement.

Participants benefit from individual coaching and personal mentoring. Through dedicated networking events, they also engage with peers and inspiring role models.

Why Women Leadership Programme?

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology is committed to build the presence of women in different roles within the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem.

To further support this endeavour the EIT has launched Supernovas an EIT Community Programme that seeks to create a venture capital industry more gender-balanced, fuel the participation of women to deep-tech start and power women-led start-ups to enter new markets.

Within the initiative, EIT has partnered with the European Innovation Council (EIC) to create synergies between their powerful entrepreneurship communities and enhance the participation of EIT alumni in the EIC Women Leadership Programme.


Who is it for?

EIC Women Leadership Programme’s recurring cohorts target female members of EIC and EIT beneficiaries, separately:

EIC and EIT female (co)founders and managers (CEOs, CTOs, CFOs, COOs, CCOs, etc.) who want to strengthen their skills and expand their network.

EIC female researchers involved in research projects aspiring to lead the transition of their research into businesses.

The 4th WLP cohort, starting in February 2024, is specifically designed for female entrepreneurs -(co)founder and managers. Two more WLP cohorts will be launched in 2024, one for researchers and one for entrepreneurs.

Eligible candidates can apply to open calls launched on the EIC Community Platform.