Today, vice-major Kathmann congratulated the major of Nantes for winning the iCapital Award. However, she is super proud of Rotterdam to be runner-up. “Rotterdam is one of the leading cities of Europe when it comes to innovation. This is not only important for our city, but also for the Netherlands as a boost for innovation region. We have won this price with our make-it-happen mentality together with our citizens, entrepreneurs, knowledge institutions and other organizations.” Why is innovation so important for your city? “In Rotterdam, it is not just about innovating, it is about the impact. Moreover, it is about improving the city and the life of our citizens, now and in the future. ”
This is an annual monetary prize that the European Commission awards to the European city that is the most capable of demonstrating its capacity to improve the lives of its citizens through innovation. In particular, this prize is awarded to cities that contribute to open and dynamic innovation eco systems, involve their citizens in the management and decision process, and use innovation to improve the resilience and sustainability of their cities.