Not all innovative businesses begin in a garage. They are often biotech SMEs, starting small but thinking big, and EuropaBio wishes to recognize and reward the most innovative among them.

While some of today’s most successful business giants may have started from luminaries experimenting in humble settings, over the years highly innovative small and medium sized enterprises in Europe have developed novel ways of meeting our societal, technical, and environmental problems through the application of biotechnology. EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, invites such SMEs to apply for the 10th edition of its Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award – a unique annual initiative recognising biotech innovation and its contribution to society in Europe.

Criteria for entry

In order to be considered for the EuropaBio SME awards a company must qualify as an SME under the standard EU SME definition (e.g. primary location of operations within Europe, 250 or less employees, €50 Million or less annual turnover).


Taking into account the high diversity of European biotechnology, EuropaBio will award companies and runners-up in 3 categories: healthcare, agricultural and industrial biotechnology.


Experts who are involved in biotech and see the big picture, from the science to the funding realities and the political framework. Our jury panel members truly believe and understand the potential of innovation and SMEs for Europe’s future. Read more about our juries of the 2019 edition here.

Their privilege will be to analyse each application carefully, discover incredible new science, discuss, debate and select a winner and runners-up for each of the three categories.

Prizes and benefits

A €10,000 cash prize plus two years of free membership at EuropaBio for each winner (runners-up also receive the free membership). Both winners and runners-up also receive exposure in our network and in front of the European biotech industry, as well as networking opportunities with top-level policy makers and industry leaders.

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