21 European cities are finalists in Bloomberg Mayors’ Challenge 21 European cities are finalists in Bloomberg Mayors’ Challenge
Twenty-one European cities have been chosen as finalists in the 2013-2014 Mayors’ Challenge competition to find innovative solutions to city problems. The competition is... 21 European cities are finalists in Bloomberg Mayors’ Challenge

Twenty-one European cities have been chosen as finalists in the 2013-2014 Mayors’ Challenge competition to find innovative solutions to city problems.

The competition is Bloomberg Philanthropies’ first in Europe. The organization, established by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, held a similar competition in the US in 2013. Providence, Rhode Island, won the grand prize and a $5 million award, while $1 million innovation prizes went to Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and Santa Monica.

“Cities face many urgent challenges — from climate change to social isolation to youth unemployment,” Bloomberg said upon announcing this year’s European finalists. “We need city leaders to continually reach for innovative new ways to address urban challenges — and then share what’s working with the world. That’s what the Mayors Challenge is all about.”

In this year’s European competition, one city will be selected to win a €5 million grand prize, with four others to receive awards of €1 million. The awards will go to the top city solutions to some of Europe’s most critical challenges: youth unemployment, aging population, civic engagement, economic development, environment and energy concerns, public health and safety, and making government more efficient.

The European finalists include:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Athens, Greece
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Bologna, Italy
  • Bristol, UK
  • Brno, Czech Republic
  • Cardiff, UK
  • Florence, Italy
  • Gdansk, Poland
  • Kirklees, UK
  • Krakow, Poland
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • London, UK
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Schaerbeek, Belgium
  • Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • York, UK

Representatives from the finalist cities are set to attend a two-day Bloomberg Ideas Camp in Berlin in June. The winning cities are scheduled to be announced this fall.

Shirley Siluk