The European Commission has announced the final results of the European Innovation Capital (iCapital) competition. Warsaw came second in this year's competition, beating dozens of cities from across the Old Continent.
The competition, supported by the European Innovation Council under the Horizon Europe programme, recognises the role that cities play in shaping and promoting innovation. The iCapital awards acknowledge cities that prioritise citizens and their well-being in their innovative projects, bringing about positive changes in people's lives.
Cities will be assessed based on key criteria, including the creation of space for innovation in the urban environment, the adaptation of local regulations to business development, the development of cooperation between social and business groups, unique solutions that can serve as a model for other cities, and a vision for ongoing innovation development.
Dozens of European cities took part in the competition this year. Warsaw, Lisbon, and Lviv reached the finals. First place went to the Portuguese capital, while the jury awarded second place to Warsaw.
The competition results were announced on 27 November during the final gala held at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in Marseille. The statuette and the €100,000 prize were received by a Warsaw delegation led by the City of Warsaw Deputy Mayor, Michał Olszewski.
Working together for innovation
Following the competition rules, Warsaw, securing its second place, will join the EIC Prizes (iCapital) Alumni network. This initiative unites finalists from past editions of the competition. Its goal is to encourage collaboration among award-winning cities and share best practices in innovation.