After the success of the first edition of the European Capital of Innovation Award in 2014, the European Commission has launched a second, even more ambitious, edition to celebrate the European city which is building the best “innovation ecosystem”- connecting citizens, public organizations, academia, and business - with a view to helping the city scale up its efforts in this field.
Contest rules 247 KB
Application guide 232 KB
Presentation 349 KB
Apply now - factsheet 116 KB
Poster 2.0 MB
Applicant cities will be judged by an independent panel of experts on how on-going and future initiatives create the right environment to innovate. Three prizes will be awarded:
Contestants will be able to submit their entries until 18 November 2015 (17:00 – Brussels time).
Cities will be judged on the basis of initiatives they have already taken since 1 January 2012, as well as their ideas to enhance innovative capacity in the future. The three winners will be announced in early 2016.
Read the press release - Commission seeks the next European Capital of Innovation (09/07/2015)
Watch the speech of Commissioner Moedas on the importance on cities and the European Capital of Innovation Award
The contest is open to cities:
Read the contest rules ( 247 KB)
You can apply in 6 easy steps via our web-based submission system.
Read the Application guide ( 232 KB) for more details.
58 cities from all over Europe applied to become the first European Capital of Innovation. The winning city, Barcelona (Spain), was chosen by a panel of independent experts in a close competition with Grenoble (France) and Groningen (The Netherlands) and awarded during the Innovation Convention in March 2014.
The prize went to Barcelona "for introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens". The €500,000 prize is being used to scale up and expand Barcelona's efforts on innovation.
The European Commission has partnered up with the European Centre for Government Transformation (a joint initiative between Accenture, The Lisbon Council and The College of Europe) to support the work of four cities which were finalists in the first European Capital of Innovation competition (Barcelona, Groningen, Paris and Espoo). Four ‘case studies’ were developed. For more information, click here: