The European Commission announced the winners of the iCapital award, which is awarded to the European Capital of Innovation. This year, Lisbon (Portugal) was the winner as the European Capital of Innovation and Linköping (Sweden) was the winner as the most innovative city.
This award, which reaches its ninth edition in 2023, is organized with the support of the European Innovation Council, within the framework of Horizon Europe. It consists of giving recognition to cities that have achieved integrative innovation ecosystems of the academic sectors, companies and the public sector in search of social well-being.
According to the Swissinfo portal, the iCapital award “is one of the five European Innovation Council awards that are awarded within Horizon Europe, the research and innovation framework program of the European Union. The award is open to cities in all EU Member States and Horizon Europe associated countries, and is managed by the European Innovation Council and the Executive Agency for SMEs.”
The European Capital of Innovation Awards (iCapital) highlighted Lisbon in the European Capital of Innovation category, with Warsaw (Poland) as first runner-up and Lviv (Ukraine) as second runner-up.
In the Most Innovative European City category, Linköping (Sweden) won; Padua (Italy) was first runner-up and second runner-up was Cork (Ireland).
The Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Iliana Ivanova, presented the awards in Marseille during a ceremony organized jointly with Aix-Marseille Provence Métropole, winner of iCapital 2022.
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