Younger generations play an essential role in shaping our common future, and acknowledging their potential is a must. To encourage the next generation of inventors, the European Patent Office has now established the Young Inventors prize. Aimed at innovators aged 30 and under, it will recognise problem-solving initiatives across all technical fields and offer a cash prize to the winner and two additional finalists.

Focus on Sustainability

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations, ranging from climate action and sustainable cities to quality education and zero hunger.

EPO wants to acknowledge young innovators who use technology to develop solutions that will help reach these goals and positively impact our live for a better future.

The winner will be revealed at the European Inventor Award ceremony in June 2022.

A cash incentive has been made available to support young or early-career innovators to help them advance their work.

The winner will receive a cash prize of EUR 20 000, the second and third placed finalists will receive EUR 10 000 and EUR 5 000 respectively.