Following a year as European Culture Capital and becoming European Volunteer Capital 2018, Aarhus will again have the chance to win a prestigious price. The city is nominated for European Innovation Capital. The main prize is 1 million €, which will go to a city that is experimenting and implementing best practice innovation, engaging volunteers to make the city an attractive place for other cities to find inspiration.
Aarhus is nominated for its ability to engage citizens and give them responsibility in decision making, develop social welfare and experiment with innovative concepts and new technologies. Alongside participating in co-creation projects like OrganiCity, initiatives like Smart Aarhus, Dokk1, and Center of innovation are good examples of this. With this nomination and a possible new title, Aarhus has an opportunity to develop innovation even further in the future.
“Aarhus consists of knowledge institutions, businesses, citizens and the municipality – and the close relationship and cooperation between them, is what makes us a strong, innovative city. The nomination of iCapital2017 is a great acknowledgment of the cooperative work in the city. We can all be very proud of the way we manage to work together,” says Mayor of Aarhus Jacob Bundsgaard.
Aarhus is nominated alongside Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Nice, Paris, Talinn, Tampere, Tel Aviv and Toulouse. The prize will be given at a congress in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 7th. The winner will follow Amsterdam, who have carried the title since 2016.
You can read more about the nomination here.