The six finalists of this year’s edition are listed below in alphabetical order:
Funded by Horizon 2020, EU’s research and innovation programme, the prize recognises excellent initiatives that position European cities as test beds for innovation. The finalist cities are not shy of the great challenges they are facing and are seeking bottom up solutions and activities that enable the development of vibrant innovation ecosystems around them.
The Commission will announce the European Capital of Innovation 2020 and the five runners-up on 24 September 2020 during a fully virtual awarding ceremony at the European Research and Innovation Days ( 22-24 September 2020). Registration is open and free.
The winning city will become the European Capital of Innovation 2020 and receive €1,000,000 to support its innovation activities and to enhance its capacity to connect individuals, public sector, academia, and businesses to deliver societal benefits for its communities. Five runners-up will be awarded €100,000 each.