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The European Capital of Innovation ‘iCapital’ Award - FAQs


  1. Which cities are eligible to apply for this award?
    All cities above 100 000 inhabitants in the EU Member States or in Associated Countries to the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. For the purposes of this competition a "city" is understood to be an urban area, excluding metropolitan areas, larger urban zones and conurbations, and is understood as an administrative unit governed by a city council or another form of democratically elected body. In countries where there is no city with more than 100 000 inhabitants, the largest city is eligible to apply.

  2. What do you mean by metropolitan area?
    A metropolitan area, sometimes referred to as a metro area or metro, is a region consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories. It usually comprises multiple jurisdictions and municipalities: neighborhoods, townships, cities, exurbs, counties, and even states.

  3. What do you mean by larger urban zones?
    The larger urban zone is an approximation of the functional urban area extending beyond the core city. The core city is defined by its administrative and/or political boundaries.

  4. What do you mean by conurbation?
    A conurbation is a region comprising a number of cities, large towns, and other urban areas that, through population growth and physical expansion, have merged to form one continuous urban and industrially developed area. In most cases, a conurbation is a polycentric urban agglomeration, in which transportation has developed to link areas to create a single urban labour market or travel-to-work area.

  5. What do you mean by 'innovation ecosystem'?
    The application must focus on the vision of a city as a place of systemic innovation, where four Ps - People, Place, Public, and Private - join together as an interconnected systemic whole, where all the players are interdependent on each other and changes in one part affect other parts too. Innovation as a system links the citizens (People) with the built environment (Place) and public organizations and policy-makers (Public) through business (Private) - creating an interactive city-wide innovation ecosystem.

  6. We would like to apply with 2 initiatives, which we are running in 2 different departments of our city government. Can we submit 2 applications?
    No, the award is aimed at rewarding the most innovative city as a developed, multi-faceted, well-functioning innovation eco-system as a whole. Hence the submitted initiatives should show a holistic approach to fostering innovation in Europe.

  7. Our initiative has been successfully running since 1 January 2012 but was stopped for a few months then re-launched. Can we apply?
    Break periods in the activity of your initiative do not disqualify you if you can prove that the initiative was initially launched on 1 January 2012 and is currently on-going.

  8. We are a private company which received a delegation from the mayor to carry out a specific activity, and this activity would become the object of the city application. Can we apply on his/her behalf to this competition?
    No, the delegation would not refer to external stakeholders: it only applies to members of the city administration expressly designated by the mayor.


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