Bristol has been shortlisted for the prestigious title of European Capital of Innovation 2019 by the European Commission.
Twelve cities across Europe have been shortlisted for the iCapital Awards, including Bristol, London and Glasgow in the UK. Leaders from each city will be pitching for the prestigious title in September, which brings 1m Euro of funding. Five runners up will receive 100,000 Euro.
Bristol has been recognised for its unique One City Approach which brings together a huge range of public, private, voluntary and third sector partners. All share an aim to make Bristol a fair, healthy and sustainable city. In January 2019, Mayor Marvin Rees published the One City Plan which sets out ambitious targets for the future of Bristol decade by decade up to 2050.
Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “One City is an exciting and innovative approach to shaping and investing in the future of Bristol. The One City Plan is the result of city partners collaborating and co-producing. It’s already delivering cultural change across leadership, governance and citizen participation.
“We know where we want to be in 2050, but our path to reaching those goals is evolving all the time. To be shortlisted for a European Capital of Innovation Award is an amazing achievement in itself, but should we be successful in gaining this prize, we’ll be able to make huge strides forward, testing ideas across the whole system which everyone in Bristol will benefit from.”
The European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) Awards is an annual cash prize awarded to the European city that is best able to demonstrate its ability to harness innovation to improve the lives of its citizens. Cities are chosen according to how they:
- Contribute to open and dynamic innovation ecosystems.
- Involve citizens in governance and decision-making.
- Use innovation to improve the resiliency and sustainability of their cities.
Winners are expected to be announced by 26 September 2019.
More about the Bristol One City Approach can be found on www.bristolonecity.com
More about the European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) Awards can be found on https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/funding/funding-opportunities/prizes/icapital_en