Amsterdam: European Capital of Innovation 2016

Thanks to a bid by Waag Society, Pakhuis de Zwijger and the Municipality of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam’s holistic vision of innovation has not gone unnoticed. The city, home to Pakhuis de Zwijger, De Ceuvel and now FabCity, was awarded the title of European Capital of Innovation 2016, related to four areas of urban life: governance, economics, social inclusion, and quality of life.

A panel of independent experts chose Amsterdam out of a close competition between eight more contenders. It was selected for “embracing a bottom-up approach based on smart growth, startups, livability and digital social innovation.” Amsterdam’s € 950 000 first prize will be used to scale up and expand the city’s efforts on innovation.


Involved city makers
Egbert Fransen
Director Pakhuis de Zwijger
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