The European Commission recently announced that the finalist cities of this year’s European Capital of Innovation Award are Aarhus, Antwerp, Athens, Bristol, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Leuven, Lisbon, Madrid, Toulouse, Umeå and Vienna.
The European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) Award is an annual cash prize awarded to the European city that is best able to demonstrate its ability to harness innovation to improve the lives of its citizens.
In particular cities that
· contribute to open and dynamic innovation ecosystems
· involve citizens in governance and decision-making
· use innovation to improve the resiliency and sustainability of their cities
The winner – the European Capital of Innovation 2018 – will be announced at the Web summit in Lisbon on 6 November by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and receive a prize of €1 million.
Foto: Umeå kommun, fotograf Sara Stenberg