The European Commission has awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation prize of €1 million to Paris. The money will be used to scale-up and expand the French capital’s innovation efforts. Tallinn and Tel Aviv were runners-up.
Brussels cites Paris’ building of over 100,000 square metres of incubators, and the fact that now hosts now the world's largest start-up campus in the shape of Station F.
In addition, there’s the Reinventing Paris initiative, launched in 2014 to help develop innovative urban projects uniting architects, city planners, real estate developers, artists, start-ups, designers, landscape architects and civil society associations. Currently, the initiative is acting as a platform for Paris’ underground spaces, with the likes of transport outfits RATP and SNCF, along with Renault, aiming to promote urban renewal via subterranean projects.
Tallinn was cited for its scheme to act as a testing ground for potential breakthrough technologies, with the city fostering the use of self-driving cars, parcel delivery robots and ride-sharing. Tel Aviv has set up a Smart City Urban Lab to link innovative start-ups with leading technology companies in order to facilitate innovations for solving urban challenges.
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