2017 EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF INNOVATION CONTEST LAUNCHED

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research Science and Innovation, has launched the competition for the iCapital first prize of €1 000 000, which will go to the city that has most successfully experimented with new and innovative citizen-driven initiatives proving itself as a ‘test-bed’ for potential solutions to relevant societal challenges.

The contest is open to cities:

  • which have over 100 000 inhabitants (in countries where there is no city with more than 100 000 inhabitants, the largest city is eligible to apply)
  • from a EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.

Applications close on 21 June 2017 at 17.00 (Brussels time) and the winner will  be announced in November 2017.  Barcelona won the first edition of the prize in 2014 and Amsterdam in 2016. Three cash prizes will be awarded for the best city initiatives creating the right environment to innovate:

  • The European Capital of Innovation 2017 – € 1 000 000
  • First runner-up – €100 000
  • Second runner-up – €100 000

An application guide can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/research/prizes/icapital/index.cfm

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