The European Commission has awarded the European Capital of Innovation (“iCapital”) prize to Barcelona (Spain) “for introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens”. With strong competition from Grenoble in France and Groningen in The Netherlands, this March the European Commission, via its panel of independent experts, finally named Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, Europe’s most innovative city.
Barcelona was announced as the winner at the closing ceremony of the Innovation Convention 2014, Europe’s premier innovation event. The iCapital prize of €500,000 will be used to increase and expand Barcelona’s innovation programmes.
Read the press release from European Commission.