Dublin nominated for 2021 European Capital of Innovation awards

Dublin has been shortlisted as a semi-finalist amongst seven others, for the 2021 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) awards.

The awards are for the cities across Europe that best promote and foster innovation.

The top prize carries a reward of €1million followed by €100,000 for two runner-ups.

According to Dublin City Council, “the 2021 edition recognises cities that contribute to developing local ‘innovation ecosystems’ for the benefit of innovators and the wellbeing of their citizens.”

Dublin City Council’s application for the awards focused on a number of innovative initiatives happening across the city including Smart Dublin’s Smart District programmes, Universities and Research Centres, start-up hubs and innovative procurement approaches including Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research.

“In particular, Dublin’s application highlighted the wealth of innovation stakeholders working in partnership with the City Council’s smart city programme including; University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, Insight Research Centre, Connect Research Centre, Enable Research Centre, the Digital Hub, Dogpatch Labs, Dublin Port and Smart Dublin,” it said.

Dublin City Council Chief Executive, Owen Keegan was delighted that Dublin has been shortlisted for the iCapital 2021 Awards as he feels this is a a testament to the wealth of highly innovative initiatives, companies, research and people working towards the betterment of Dublin city.

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