Oxford announced as finalist for European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016

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The city of Oxford was today announced by the European Commission as one of the nine finalists for the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016, alongside Paris, Berlin, Milan, Vienna, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Eindhoven, and Turin, with Oxford being selected “for its vision to openly share the wealth of knowledge within its world-class innovation ecosystem”.

The competition will announce in April the award of cash prizes to the winner and two runners-up for the best city initiatives creating the right environment to innovate:

  • Winner: €950 000
  • First runner-up: €100 000
  • Second runner-up: €50 000

The finalists were chosen by a high-level jury of independent experts from 36 applications as follows:

  • Amsterdam (NL) – for embracing a bottom-up approach based on smart growth, startups, livability and digital social innovation
  • Berlin (DE) – for performing as an urban living lab where innovative Information and Communication Technology solutions can be tested
  • Eindhoven (NL) – for combining digital technology with creativity in its world-leading urban smart lighting strategy
  • Glasgow (UK) – for its replicable innovation model based on partnerships across industry, science and communities
  • Milano (IT) – for enhancing social inclusion and alternative models in the delivery of public services to create more opportunities for employment
  • Oxford (UK) – for its vision to openly share the wealth of knowledge within its world-class innovation ecosystem
  • Paris (FR) – for its strategy based on open innovation, connectivity and ingenuity aiming at becoming a world hub for start-up
  • Torino (IT) – for its open innovation models supporting social innovation start-ups and creating new market opportunities for urban innovations
  • Vienna (AT) – for its innovation and ICT strategies based on a citizen-centred approach and long-term developments in economy, education, research and technology