Applications for the European Capital of Innovation, the iCapital Award, closed on 3 December 2013. With this prize the European Commission wants to acknowledge the outstanding achievement of a city in building up an innovation ecosystem, i.e. a system which links the citizens (People) with a built environment (Place) and public organizations and policy-makers (Public) through business (Private). The award of EUR 500 000 will be given to the winning city to scale up its achievement.
An independent panel of experts will examine and judge the applications on the basis of the following criteria:
The winner of the iCapital award will be announced in during the Innovation Convention in March 2014! For more information visit ec.europa.eu/euic2014
The contest was open to cities from European Member States and Countries associated to the EU's research Framework Programme (Israel, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey, the Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands) which had over 100.000 inhabitants at the time of submitting this application.
For the purpose of this Award, 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.
We seek out innovative initiatives which are already running initiatives which have not started before 1 January 2010, and are expected to continue, which have been delivering significant improvements in the whole innovation ecosystem. Application should be submitted by the city's mayor or members of the city administration expressly designated by the mayor.
Download the contest rules 353 KB to get more information on the eligibility and evaluation criteria.
Frequently asked questions
You could apply in 6 easy steps via our web-based submission system. The application was created to be as simple and fast as possible. In order to create your application you will need to create a user ID in
the European Commission Authentication Service (ECAS) or use your already existing ECAS ID.
The steps to get this user ID and to apply are explained in detail in the application guide 396 KB .
Frequently asked questions
With this Award the European Commission wants to acknowledge the role of cities as place of systemic innovation, with their capacity to connect people, places, public and private actors which are mutually reinforcing.
We are looking for cities which can enable, inspire and nurture innovation by encouraging, engaging and empowering talented innovators from different walks of life: professionals, policy-makers and entrepreneurs as well.
The monetary prize of EUR 500 000 will help scaling up the winner's initiative, thus rewarding excellence and innovation which has the potential to be replicated in other European contexts.