Leveraging the potential of local innovation – Covenant cities showing the way



The 24 February 2022 from 09:30 until 11:30

Cities play a key role in creating a supportive ecosystem for technology, innovation, learning, and knowledge by bringing together citizens and different partners from universities and research institutes to local businesses and SMEs. In this workshop, we will focus on how Covenant signatories are leveraging on this potential and creating their own innovation ecosystems for the climate and energy transition.

Objectives of the workshop:

  • Translate innovation: what does it mean for cities? 
  • Discuss concrete challenges (how to secure budget for experimentation? How to sustain innovation beyond EU funding? How to include innovation in the city planning?)
  • Show different approaches implemented in cities (How to develop pilot projects with private financing? City/University partnerships: what does science-based inspiration look like? What can innovation look like in different contexts?)

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