Paris - most innovative European city
10 November, 2017
Paris was awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) prize at the Lisbon Web Summit, the EU press service reported. The iCapital award, granted under the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, recognised Paris for its inclusive innovation strategy. The city received €1m prize. Tallinn, Estonia, and Tel Aviv, Israel, were selected as runners-up, and were both awarded €100,000. The prize money will be used to scale up and further expand the cities' innovation efforts.
“Cities are not defined by their size and population, but by the breadth of their vision and the power bestowed upon their citizens. Some cities are not afraid to experiment. They are not afraid to involve their citizens in developing and testing out new ideas. These are the cities that empower their citizens. Today we are here to acknowledge these cities,” Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas said.
Over the last decade, Paris has built more than 100,000 sq m of incubators, and hosts now the world's largest start-up campus. In addition, the city spends 5% of its budget on projects proposed and implemented by citizens. Tallinn has been awarded for its initiative to act as a testing ground for potential breakthrough technologies, featuring the use of self-driving cars, parcel delivery robots and ride-sharing, while Tel Aviv was praised for its Smart City Urban Lab that links up innovative start-ups with leading technology companies in order to facilitate breakthrough innovations for solving urban challenges.
Thirty-two cities from 17 countries applied to this year's competition. The winner and the two runners-up were selected by a panel of independent experts from ten finalists on the basis of new initiatives launched since 1 January 2016.