Amsterdam has a long history of collaboration and innovation. The city’s business and social ecosystems are defined by a set of shared principles: diversity, openness, pragmatism and agility. As a result, the Amsterdam Area is able to quickly translate innovative solutions into practice.
In 2016, Amsterdam was crowned European Capital of Innovation in the annual iCapital competition, organized by the European Commission. A panel of independent experts judged the nine finalist cities based on four key areas of urban living impacted by innovation: governance, economics, social inclusion, and quality of life. Facing tough competition, Amsterdam came out on top and was praised for its healthy start-up climate and sharing economy resulting from a bottom-up approach based on smart growth, startups, liveability and digital social innovation.
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said:
“Amsterdam fully deserves to be our European Capital of Innovation for its holistic vision of innovation in and for the city. But the competition was very tough and the outstanding achievements of the all nine shortlisted cities are an inspiration to others. They are shining examples of how cities can put innovation to work to improve the way people live and businesses work.”
As the birthplace of THNK, our roots are deep in Amsterdam. THNK was founded as a joint initiative by business and creative sectors, and in cooperation with the Dutch Prime Minister and the Dutch Innovation Platform. Recognizing our home as the European Capital of Innovation is an honor and and inspiration to continue breaking new ground.
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