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Dublin and Malaga are sharing the runner-up title within the seventh annual European Capital of Innovation awards.

Dublin has been chosen as joint runner-up at this yr’s European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) Awards, which have been held in Brussels yesterday night (24 November).

The Irish capital and Malaga will each obtain €100,000 in prize cash. The winners have been introduced on the primary day of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Summit 2021.

Now of their seventh yr, the EU’s iCapital awards have fun Europe’s most progressive cities. Dublin was one among 4 finalists in its class, which additionally included high winners Dortmund, together with Malaga and third-placed Vilnius.

Introducing Dublin to the viewers on the EIC Summit, Mariya Gabriel, European commissioner for innovation, analysis, tradition, training and youth, name-checked CoderDojo, Dogpatch Labs, Smart Dublin and tech-for-good training initiative Academy of the Near Future.

She stated the “rapid increase of Dublin’s innovation network” was “exceptional” due to collaboration between tutorial networks, companies, NGOs and residents.

Representing Dublin, Deputy Lord Mayor and Dublin City councillor Joe Costello agreed that the Irish capital’s place within the closing was “a story of collaboration”.

After the ceremony, Costello instructed SiliconRepublic.com that coming joint second was “certainly an achievement” contemplating this was the primary yr the town entered. He paid tribute to the “Trojan work” his colleagues and the group on Dublin City Council put into constructing Dublin’s case.

Their work concerned bringing collectively Dublin’s analysis centres, universities, residents and state our bodies. Costello, who’s a Labour councillor for Dublin City, stated he and his colleagues had a twin function to make sure the town gives providers in addition to “having a vision and a future to improve the city”.

When requested in regards to the ongoing controversy surrounding the Dublin housing market, significantly for college students and other people on decrease incomes, Costello stated he was optimistic in regards to the future. “I’ve been about 30 years in politics now, and we’ve at all times complained. We’ve at all times [been] giving out.

“I wouldn’t be in politics if I wasn’t positive,” he added. “I also believe a lot of bad things have been done and a lot of damage has been done. There’s no doubt about that. But I believe very strongly that we should be positive and that we can only look forward to improving the city and making it a better place to live in.”

Costello confused the necessity for all our bodies “to continue to work in a collaborative fashion” to attain that purpose.

Finnish metropolis Vantaa scooped the highest prize for European Rising Innovative City. This yr’s occasion was the primary to characteristic this extra class aimed toward rising innovator cities with smaller populations than these in the primary class.

Vantaa will obtain €500,000 in prize cash, whereas essential winner Dortmund will get €1m. Last yr’s iCapital winner was Leuven, and previous winners embrace Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, Athens and Nantes.

Women innovators

iCapital is without doubt one of the 4 EIC prizes granted beneath the EU’s Horizon Europe analysis and improvement programme.

The 2021 EIC Summit is to conclude right now (25 November) when the winners of the EU Prize for Women Innovators can be introduced. Seven of the 13 girls entrepreneurs nominated are Irish.

Nova Leah’s Anita Finnegan, Beats Medical’s Ciara Clancy, Votechnik’s Lisa O’ Donoghue, SoapBox Labs’ Patricia Scanlon and HidraMed’s Suzanne Moloney are all competing for the primary award. There can be three winners with prizes of €100,000 every.

There are additionally two Irish girls in rivalry for the EU Rising Innovator award. They are sisters Ailbhe and Izzy Keane of Izzy Wheels, a enterprise that designs and sells wheel covers for wheelchairs.

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