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The European Capital of Innovation Award – iCapital

The European Capital of Innovation Award 2016 – closer to finding a winner!

The nine cities shortlisted for the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016 were announced on 21 January 2016. The finalists were chosen by a high-level jury of independent experts from 36 applications.

The nine finalists are:

  • Amsterdam (NL) - for embracing a bottom-up approach based on smart growth, startups, livability and digital social innovation
  • Berlin (DE) - for performing as an urban living lab where innovative Information and Communication Technology solutions can be tested
  • Eindhoven (NL) - for combining digital technology with creativity in its world-leading urban smart lighting strategy
  • Glasgow (UK) - for its replicable innovation model based on partnerships across industry, science and communities
  • Milano (IT) - for enhancing social inclusion and alternative models in the delivery of public services to create more opportunities for employment
  • Oxford (UK) - for its vision to openly share the wealth of knowledge within its world-class innovation ecosystem
  • Paris (FR) - for its strategy based on open innovation, connectivity and ingenuity aiming at becoming a world hub for start-up
  • Torino (IT) - for its open innovation models supporting social innovation start-ups and creating new market opportunities for urban innovations
  • Vienna (AT) - for its innovation and ICT strategies based on a citizen-centred approach and long-term developments in economy, education, research and technology

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About the award

Three cash prizes will be awarded to the best city initiatives creating the right environment to innovate.

  • The European Capital of Innovation 2016:
€950 000
  • First runner-up:
€100 000
  • Second runner-up:
€50 000

The winner and two runners-up will be announced in April.


Who could apply?

With this second edition of the award, the European Commission wanted to celebrate the European city that is building the best “innovation ecosystem”- connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business - with a view to helping the city scale up its efforts in this field.

The contest was 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 EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020, the European research and innovation programme.

Read the contest rules (PDF icon 247 KB)


The first European Capital of Innovation Award

In 2014, the winning city, Barcelona (Spain), was chosen by a panel of independent experts "for introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens".

Read the press release : Barcelona is "iCapital" of Europe

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European Capital of Innovation poster


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 Contest rules PDF icon 247 KB

 Application guide PDF icon 232 KB

Presentation  PDF icon 349 KB

 Apply now - factsheet PDF icon 116 KB

Poster  PDF icon 2.0 MB

 Horizon 2020 Work Programme PDF icon 1.4MB

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