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European Cities are among the most innovative in the world and 155 have applied to the competition.

The 2013–2014 Mayors Challenge is an ideas competition for European cities—a chance to win funding for a bold new solution to a major urban challenge. It exists to bring powerful new ideas to life—not only to help your own city, but to encourage others to adopt creative approaches as well.

Winning the prize will require an ambitious vision and bold experimentation. Applications have been submitted and the selection committee is excited to read this array of bold and creative ideas.

Four key reasons to enter

  • 1. Win flexible funds

    One city will win a grand prize of €5 million to put their plan into action. Four other cities will win €1 million each.


  • 2. Join the innovators' network

    Become part of an international network of creative cities. Tackle problems together, learn from best practices, and share your own.

  • 3. Sharpen your idea

    This is about a process of innovation rather than filling out paperwork. The Mayors Challenge is designed to help you hone your idea every step of the way.

  • 4. Take home the title

    The winning cities will be celebrated as innovation leaders across Europe and around the world.

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Last year’s Mayors Challenge took place in the United States.

The five winning ideas highlight the complex yet common challenges many cities face. The ideas were shaped and strengthened through collaboration with experts, peers, and events like Ideas Camp.

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Grand Prize
Providence, RI

  • Chicago, IL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Houston, TX
  • Santa Monica, CA
The winners' award, designed by renowned artist Olafur Eliasson.

"What inspires me about the Mayors Challenge is that while it honors what has been achieved in the past, it focuses on how to fuel a better tomorrow. For me, the award is about showing confidence in the future of cities."
—Olafur Eliasson

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