Which city will follow in the footsteps of Paris and be crowned the 2018 European Capital of Innovation?

The French capital picked up the accolade, also called iCapital, last year for its culture of innovation, including a strong startup ecosystem – with Paris home to the world’s biggest startup campus.

“With the European Capital of Innovation 2018, we want to reward the cities that are growing and nurturing their local innovation ecosystems; that are inviting citizens to participate and co-create how their city is governed; that are attracting talent, resources, funding for business; and that are role models for other cities, and for the rest of the world,” said Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission.

The European Commission’s iCapital award gives €1 million to the winner to build on their innovation infrastructure, with five runners-up receiving €100 000.

Cities with a minimum population of 100,000, that are EU Member States or linked to Horizon 2020 can apply until 21 June 2018.