The French city of Nantes has been named European Capital of Innovation 2019.

There are lots of reasons why Nantes deserves the title, including the ‘Great Debates’ held with citizens on topics such as the energy transition. More than 55.000 people were involved in this particular project, which ultimately generated a ‘2018 roadmap with 33 ambitious commitments, monitored by a commission of independent citizens and stakeholders’.

Johanna Rolland, the Mayor of Nantes and President of Nantes Métropole, said: “Innovation ‘by and for all’ is at the heart of our policies. This is why I am honoured to receive the European Capital of Innovation Award 2019. For me, this is recognition of the quality of our citizen dialogue and the dynamism of our metropolitan innovation ecosystem.”

Backed by the European Commission, the award will see Nantes receive €1 million – funded by Horizon 2020 – to accelerate its culture of innovation.