European Capital of Innovation 2020 contest launched
On 5 March 2020, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel launched the European Capital of Innovation 2020 contest in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The annual prize recognizes European cities that develop vibrant innovation ecosystems in order to address current public challenges and improve the lives of their citizens.
The prize is funded by Horizon 2020 and awards six European cities in total. The first prize winner will receive €1 million to ensure that its best innovative practices are shared and multiplied. To scale up innovation ecosystems across Europe, the contest will also reward the first five runners-up with €100 000 each to support their innovation activities and to enhance their capacity to connect citizens, public sector, academia, and businesses in order to deliver societal benefits for their communities.
The contest is open for applications until 23 June 2020. The winners will be announced during the European Research and Innovation Days on 22-24 September 2020 in Brussels.
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