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European Capital of Innovation – iCapital

European Capital of Innovation – iCapital Award. With this prize the European Commission wants to acknowledge the outstanding achievement of a city in building up an innovation ecosystem, i.e. a system which links the citizens (People) with a built environment (Place) and public organizations and policy-makers (Public) through business (Private).

Barcelona, Espoo, Grenoble, Groningen, Malaga and Paris are the six cities shortlisted for the first European Capital of Innovation award, or iCapital (IP/13/808). An independent panel of experts has agreed on the six finalists for the €500000 prize. The money will go to the city building the best “innovation ecosystem” – connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business – with a view to helping the city scale up its efforts in this field. The winning city will be announced at the Innovation Convention 2014, Europe’s premier innovation event which will take place in Brussels on 10 and 11 March (#euic2014).

http://ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/ic2014/index_en.cfm

11.3.2014: Just annouced: The winner is Barcelona! Congrats!

Mayor says Barcelona wants to inspire a new economy of urban innovation based in mobile and smart city technologies.

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