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Cluj-Napoca, the next European Capital of Innovation?

12 September 2020

We are so happy to have our HQ in Cluj-Napoca!

Following an intense evaluation phase, six cities are now running for the title of European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) 2020. A high-level jury of independent experts selected the six finalists after thorough interviews with twelve shortlisted cities. Discover the promotional videos of this year’s twelve shortlisted cities. The six finalists of this year’s edition are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
  • Espoo  (Finland)
  • Helsingborg (Sweden)
  • Leuven (Belgium)
  • Valencia (Spain)
  • Vienna (Austria)

Funded by Horizon 2020, EU’s research and innovation programme, the prize recognises excellent initiatives that position European cities as test beds for innovation. The finalist cities are not shy of the great challenges they are facing and are seeking bottom up solutions and activities that enable the development of vibrant innovation ecosystems around them.

The Commission will announce the European Capital of Innovation 2020 and the five runners-up  on 24 September 2020 during a fully virtual awarding ceremony at  the European Research and Innovation Days ( 22-24 September 2020). Registration is open and free.