EC opens call for European Capital of Innovation 2018
On 22 February 2018, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation opened the 2018 European Capital of Innovation contest at the EU Covenant of Mayors Ceremony in the European Parliament.
The contest – also known as iCapital – is a prize to reward the cities and mayors who have built the most inclusive and dynamic innovation ecosystems, for the benefits of citizens and business. The winning city will be nominated the European Capital of Innovation 2018 and awarded a prize of €1 million to further promote and enhance its innovative actions. This year's edition will also reward the subsequent five ranked cities, named runners-up, who will each receive €100,000 to scale up their innovation activities.
Applications will be assessed by an independent high-level jury along the following criteria:
- Experimenting by testing and promoting innovative solutions to their societal challenges;
- Engaging citizens at all scopes of innovation, from designing policy to its day to day implementation and use;
- Expanding its innovation capacity by becoming a desired destination for prospective entrepreneurs and a role model for other cities;
- Empowering citizens with tangible and measurable results of innovation.
The contest is open to cities with a minimum of 100,000 inhabitants from EU Member States, and countries associated to Horizon 2020. Applications can be submitted until 21 June 2018. The winners will be announced in autumn 2018, followed by an award ceremony later
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