Athens Among Six Cities Vying for European Capital of Innovation Award



Athens has made it to the last stage of candidacy for the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2018, along with five other cities.

Greece’s capital will compete with Aarhus (Denmark), Hamburg (Germany), Leuven (Belgium), Toulouse (France) and Umea (Sweden).

The city which will be named the European Capital of Innovation 2018 will be announced at the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 6 by Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

The award is an annual cash prize given to the European city that is best able to demonstrate its ability to use innovation to improve the lives of its citizens.

More specifically, the award is given to cities that contribute to open and dynamic innovation ecosystems, involve citizens in governance and decision-making, and use innovation to improve the resiliency and sustainability of the city.