This year’s 12 finalists for the European Capital of Innovation are: Antwerp (BE), Bilbao (ES), Bologna (IT), Bristol (UK), Dortmund (DE), Espoo (FI), Glasgow (UK), Hamburg (DE), London (UK), Lyon (FR), Nantes (FR), Rotterdam (NL).
The 6 winning cities – competing to receive up to €1 million to scale up their local innovation activities – will be announced in September. Commissioner Moedas will reveal the European Capital of Innovation 2019 during the "EU Research and Innovation days" event in Brussels.
This is an annual cash prize awarded to the European city that is best able to demonstrate its ability to harness innovation to improve the lives of its citizens.
In particular, cities that
- contribute to open and dynamic innovation ecosystems
- involve citizens in governance and decision-making
- use innovation to improve the resiliency and sustainability of their cities