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||Some 180 European cities
hope to win five million euros
London, 7 December 2013: More than 180 cities from 29 European countries are vying for the 5-million-euro prize promised by Bloomberg Philanthropies for a bold idea that would improve city life for years to come. Modelled on a successful inaugural competition in the United States, Bloomberg’s Mayors Challenge will award €5 million for the grand prize winner and €1 million for four additional cities that come up with the best and most transferable ideas. "The response to the competition has been extremely enthusiastic all across Europe,” said Michael Bloomberg, philanthropist and outgoing Mayor of New York City.
Mayor Bloomberg, who is believed to be worth of $31 billion and is the seventh-richest person in the US and the 13th-wealthiest in the world, believes that the need for public sector innovation had never been greater.
The participating cities come from 29 countries and represent over 82 million Europeans. Cities both large and small are represented in the Mayors Challenge and 22 European capital cities are taking part. The participation rate has already matched that of the inaugural Mayors Challenge in the US.
The competition invites leaders of European cities with 100,000 residents or more to submit their city’s boldest idea. The idea must address a serious problem, improve customer service for residents, create significant government efficiencies and/or increase engagement with the public. Approximately 600 cities across Europe are eligible to apply. Participating mayors must submit their ideas by 31 January 2014.
In the spring, 20 finalists will be announced. In May, teams from each of those cities will attend Bloomberg Ideas Camp, a two-day gathering where top policy, programme and innovation experts will help cities strengthen and stretch their ideas to ensure the greatest impact. Coming out of camp, finalists will receive individualised coaching to prepare their ideas for final submission. Finalists will submit revised applications by mid-summer and the five winners will be announced in the autumn.
Cities participating in the Mayors Challenge:
Belgium: Antwerp, Bruges, Charleroi, Ghent, Liège, Schaerbeek
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Banja Luka
Bulgaria: Burgas, Plovdiv, Ruse, Sofia, Stara Zagora, Varna: Croatia: Rijeka: Cyprus: Limassol
Czech Republic: Brno, Prague
Denmark: Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Odense
Finland: Helsinki, Tampere
France: Amiens, Boulogne-Billancourt, Brest, Caen, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nantes, Paris, Rennes, Saint-Etienne, Toulouse
Germany: Berlin, Chemnitz, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden: Erlangen, Gelsenkirchen, Halle, Heidelberg, Kiel, Leipzig, Mannheim, Würzburg
Greece: Athens, Ioannina, Larissa, Thessaloniki
Italy: Ancona, Bologna, Catania, Ferrara, Florence, Genova, Latina, Messina, Milano, Novara, Palermo, Prato, Roma, Sassari, Siracusa, Torino, Venice, Verona
Lithuania: Kaunas, Vilnius
Netherlands: Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Dordrecht, Enschede, Maastricht, Rotterdam, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Hague, Utrecht
Poland: Bydgoszcz, Dabrowa Górnicza, Gdansk, Gdynia, Gliwice, Koszalin, Krakow, Lodz, Torun, Warsaw, Wroclaw
Portugal: Braga, Cascais, Coimbra, Leiria, Lisbon, Odivelas, Sintra, Vila Nova de Gaia
Romania: Baia Mare, Botosani, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara
Serbia: Kraljevo, Leskovac, Nis, Novi Pazar
Slovakia: Bratislava, Kosice:
Spain: Alicante, Barakaldo, Barcelona, Bilbao, Burgos, Cadiz, Cartagena, Córdoba, Elche, Granada, León, Lleida, Madrid, Málaga, Mataró, Móstoles, Murcia, Oviedo, Palma de Mallorca, Parla: Sabadell, San Sebastian, Santander, Seville, Torrejón de Ardoz, Valencia, Valladolid, VitoriaGasteiz, Zaragoza
Sweden: Helsingborg, Stockholm, Umea
Turkey: Ankara, Iskenderun, Kayseri, Lüleburgaz
UK: Aberdeen City, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Doncaster, Dundee, Glasgow, Kingston upon Hull, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Salford, Sheffield, Stoke on Trent, Tameside, Wolverhampton, York
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