The Scottish city is one of nine making a case to be European Capital of Innovation 2016. Three cash prizes will be awarded to the best city initiatives creating the right environment to innovate, with the winner collecting €950,000 (£722,000).

The finalists were chosen by a high-level jury of independent experts from 36 applications. Other cities on the list of 9 include Paris, Berlin, Milan, Amsterdam and Oxford.

Backed by Deputy First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney MSP, Glasgow’s bid was shortlisted for its ‘replicable innovation model based on partnerships across industry, science and communities.’

Leader of Glasgow City Council, Frank McAveety said, “This is welcome recognition for Glasgow, illustrating how highly we are regarded in this field. The cities we will be considered against for the title of European Capital of Innovation are world-class cities, reflecting the strides Glasgow has made to deliver social and economic benefit for our residents and businesses through innovation.”

Professor Tracey Howe, Deputy Chair of Glasgow City of Science worked in partnership with Glasgow City Council to prepare Glasgow’s bid and is supporting the final presentation to judges to be considered the European Capital of Innovation in Brussels today (25th January 2016). The winner will be announced in April.



Glasgow City Council

The European Capital of Innovation Award – iCapital