Lisbon and Linköping win the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2023

European Capital of Innovation: Lisbon Shines Bright

Lisbon, Portugal, emerged as the winner in the European Capital of Innovation category, securing its position as a hub of inclusive innovation ecosystems. The city has demonstrated an exceptional ability to connect citizens with academia, businesses, and the public sector, translating innovation into tangible improvements in societal well-being.

Andreia Fernandes, Country Manager of EIT InnoEnergy Portugal said: “Empowering Portugal’s energy transition is not just a mission; it’s our legacy in the making. With Lisboa being recognised as the European Capital for Innovation, we stand poised at the forefront of sustainable energy innovation. It’s the reason EIT InnoEnergy chose Lisboa to host last year’s The Business Booster, its flagship event that brings together 150 cutting edge sustainable energy start-ups in the spirit of collaborative innovation.”.

European Rising Innovative City: Linköping’s Innovation Soars

In the European Rising Innovative City category, the Swedish city of Linköping claimed the top spot, showcasing its prowess in fostering innovation that significantly contributes to societal progress. Linköping’s commitment to connecting various stakeholders has propelled it to the forefront of rising innovative cities in Europe.

A Decade of iCapital Excellence

Initiated in 2014, the European Capital of Innovation Awards (iCapital), supported by the European Innovation Council (EIC) under Horizon Europe, celebrates its ninth edition. The accolade recognizes cities that foster inclusive innovation ecosystems, bringing together academia, businesses, and the public sector to drive impactful societal improvements.

Past iCapital winners include Barcelona (2014), Amsterdam (2016), Paris (2017), Athens (2018), Nantes (2019), Leuven (2020), Dortmund (2021), and Aix-Marseille Provence Metropole (2022). Rising Innovative City category winners from previous years include Vantaa (2021) and Haarlem (2022).

As one of the five EIC Prizes granted under Horizon Europe, iCapital is open to cities from all EU member states and countries associated with Horizon Europe. The selection process involves rigorous assessments by high-level juries of independent experts, ensuring that the accolade reflects true excellence in inclusive innovation. Managed by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency, the iCapital Prize remains a cornerstone in the EU’s commitment to advancing research and innovation across the continent.