Leuven has been nominated by the European Commission as one of the 12 most innovative European cities. The so called iCapital Award contest enables European cities to showcase their contribution to developing local innovation ecosystems for the benefit of businesses and the wellbeing of their citizens.
Leuven MindGate, together with the city of Leuven and Leuven 2030, promoted Leuven as one of the innovation hubs.
In particular 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 their cities, are nominated. The European Commission was impressed by the Leuven application, resulting in this nomination.
Next to Leuven, the finalist cities of this year’s European Capital of Innovation Award are Aarhus, Antwerp, Athens, Bristol, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Lisbon, Madrid, Toulouse, Umeå and Vienna. The winner – the European Capital of Innovation 2018 – will be announced at the Web summit in Lisbon on 6 November by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.