Bristol shortlisted for European Capital of Innovation title

Bristol is one of 12 European cities to have been shortlisted for the prestigious title of European Capital of Innovation 2019 by the European Commission.

Leaders from each shortlisted city, which also includes Glasgow and London, will be pitching for the prestigious title in September, which brings €1 million of funding. Five runners up will receive 100,000 Euro.

Bristol has been recognised for its unique One City Approach, outlined in January, which brings together a huge range of public, private, voluntary and third sector partners. All share an aim to make Bristol a fair, healthy and sustainable city. The One City Plan showcases ambitious targets for the future of Bristol decade by decade up to 2050.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “One City is an exciting and innovative approach to shaping and investing in the future of Bristol. The One City Plan is the result of city partners collaborating and co-producing.  It’s already delivering cultural change across leadership, governance and citizen participation.

“We know where we want to be in 2050, but our path to reaching those goals is evolving all the time.   To be shortlisted for a European Capital of Innovation Award is an amazing achievement in itself, but should we be successful in gaining this prize, we’ll be able to make huge strides forward, testing ideas across the whole system which everyone in Bristol will benefit from.”

Winners are expected to be announced by 26 September 2019.