European Capital of Innovation 2020 competition: Cluj makes it to the final round

Cluj-Napoca, in western Romania, made it to the final round of the European Capital of Innovation 2020 competition, according to

Funded by the EU’s research and innovation program Horizon 2020, the competition recognizes the European cities that develop innovation ecosystems to address public challenges and improve people’s lives.

Twelve cities from nine countries are in the final stage of the contest. Cluj-Napoca is in the final round alongside Espoo (Finland), Ghent (Belgium), Groningen (The Netherlands), Helsingborg (Sweden), Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), Leuven (Belgium), Linz (Austria), Milano (Italy), Reykjavik (Iceland), Valencia (Spain), and Vienna (Austria).

A jury of independent experts selected the 12 finalists by analyzing how cities use innovative solutions to respond to societal challenges, how they use such practices in the urban development process, and how they engage broad local communities in decision-making.

The winner city will receive the title of European Capital of Innovation 2020 and EUR 1 million “to support its innovation activities and to enhance its capacity to connect individuals, public sector, academia, and businesses to deliver societal benefits for its communities.” Five runners-up will get EUR 100,000 each.




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