Hamburg is among the winners of the European Capital of Innovation Award (I-Capital Award) presented Tuesday (November 6, 2018) during the International Web Summit in Lisbon. Athens came first and won EUR 1 million in prize money while the remaining finalists – Aarhus, Leuven, Toulouse, Umea and Hamburg received EUR 100,000 each. Dr. Torsten Sevecke, State Councillor in the Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation, accepted the award with Dr. Rolf Strittmatter, Chairman of the Management Board of Hamburg Marketing GmbH, from Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.
Improvement through innovation
Commenting on the win, Sevecke said: “This is an outstanding recognition of our work. It shows that we are on the right track to actively shape the growth of our city through innovation and successfully combine it with an improvement in economic strength, quality of life and climate friendliness.”
Since 2014, the prize has been awarded annually to the European city that best uses technical innovations to improve its citizens’ lives. Hamburg applied for the first time this year and came among the six leading, most innovative cities in northern Europe. A total of 27 cities had entered the competition.
Future-orientated, innovative city
“Together with the winner, Athens, in the top six, we are one of the leading innovation cities in northern Europe,” said Dr. Rolf Strittmatter, Chairman of the Management Board of Hamburg Marketing GmbH. “I-Capital’s application to rank in the top six boosts our position and profile in Hamburg as a responsible and future-orientated city of innovation. Under the theme Future Hamburg, we are showing that innovative, sustainable solutions for local and global challenges are emerging in Hamburg.”