SmartUp Warsaw in the grand final

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Author: Ewelina Lach

Warsaw in the final of the European competition the European Capital of Innovations Award (European Capital of Innovation 2022). On October 26 –
the grand final with a 1 million euros first prize to be won!

Warsaw is among the six (out of 80 submitted) most innovative large European cities. In October - during the presentation in front of the competition jury - it will compete with the French Aix-Marseille, the Turkish Basaksehir, the Finnish Espoo, and the Spanish Madrid and Valencia. Cities will compete for the main prize – 1 million euros – and two awards with 100 thousand euros each.

The competition is organised by the European Innovation Council (EIC), as part of  the Horizon Europe programme. The aim of the competition is to reward urban ecosystems that create favourable conditions for the implementation of innovations that contribute to improving the quality of life in cities. This is the eighth edition of the competition.

Warsaw moves with the times, it is an attractive city to study, to dwell, to work and to live. We attract young people who were "born" with smartphones in their hands. We give them more and more opportunities and we make the most of their digital competences and talents. We can arrange new matters in the city via the Internet, in a mobile way. Thanks to this, the slogan "Warsaw – the capital of comfort" takes on new meanings. The services are not only close to home, but more and more often: without leaving home – says Włodzimierz Karpiński, the Secretary of the Capital City of Warsaw. – I hope that in the October final the European jury will appreciate it.

The Capital City Hall submitted a project under the name SmartUp Warsaw. It presents Warsaw as a smart city, creating an ecosystem friendly to startups. The competition application mentions the latest achievements of Warsaw in the digital field, such as the launch of the e-services platform moja.WARSZAWA or the application program for the purchase of long-term tickets. The solutions allow for remote and self-service handling of many issues, including, among others, setting fees for waste disposal, settling the tax thanks to convenient online payments, buying long-term public transport tickets or exercising the rights of the Warsaw Card and Student Card.

In the application there is no lack of information about solutions and proposals that have already proven their effectiveness, such as WarsawBooster – startup acceleration program, city business centres – Zodiak, Smolna, Targowa or Municipal Contact Centre Warsaw 19115.