iCapital 2016

Details of 2016 competition, including winners, finalists, press releases and links to earlier editions

Amsterdam is the European Capital of Innovation 2016

On 8 April 2016, the European Commission awarded the title of European Capital of Innovation ("iCapital") 2016 to Amsterdam for its holistic vision of innovation related to four areas of urban life: governance, economics, social inclusion, and quality of life.

Amsterdam was chosen by a panel of independent experts in a close competition with eight more finalists. Amsterdam's € 950 000 first prize will be used to scale up and expand the city's efforts on innovation. Turin and Paris were selected as runners-up, winning second and third prizes of € 100 000 and € 50 000 respectively.

Commissioner Moedas
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The nine cities shortlisted for the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016 presented their cities' achievements at the award ceremony on 8 April.
Watch their video presentations.


The finalists!

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

The nine finalists were:

  • 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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