Valencia: European Capital of Innovation 2020 ?Laurence Lemoine
Valencia is one of the lucky elected cities that could become the European Capital of Innovation 2020, as announced in a report of the European commission: Spain’s third largest city is one of the twelve chosen for the final round.
According to this report, the award recognizes cities that “nurture innovation ecosystems in order to cope with current social challenges and to improve their inhabitants’ lives”.
The winning city will receive €1,000,000 to “support innovation activities and to enhance its capacity to connect individuals between, the public, the academic, and the business sector, in order to deliver societal benefits for its communities”.
The other finalists are Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Espoo (Finland), Ghent (Belgium), Groningen (The Netherlands), Helsingborg (Sweden), Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), Leuven (Belgium), Linz (Austria), Milano (Italy), Reykjavik (Iceland) and Vienna (Austria).
In addition to the prize attributed to the winner, five runners-up will get €100,000 each to finance innovation projects.
The Commission will announce the winner at the European Research and Innovation Days taking place on 22-24 September 2020.