Nantes Innovation Forum

In September 2019, Nantes became the European Capital of Innovation, thanks to its active commitment to civic dialogue and the dynamism of its ecosystem in terms of social, inclusive, cultural and digital entrepreneurship.

The COVID-19 crisis has reinforced our conviction that innovation is driven by collective intelligence and that the future must be built by and for citizens. Above all, innovation delivers tangible solutions to various local challenges, which are sometimes unforeseen. Innovation must help us build stronger and more resilient cities.

On 8 and 9 October, Nantes Métropole is inviting its European partners and local stakeholders to come and explore various ideas and possibilities for future models of shared governance and civic innovation.

In the current European debate on the Future of Europe, the Green Deal and the new EU budget, urban voices and experience are essential for building a resilient Europe – join us!

➔ …How can we work more effectively with the wide range of stakeholders involved in innovation and build powerful ecosystems ?
➔ …How can we involve citizens in the decision-making process ?
➔ …How can we innovate public services in times of crisis?

Register here


  • Over to you

    Needs are always changing, so how can a city be sure that it satisfies its residents? With participatory budgeting Lausanne has found the perfect way to keep its finger on the pulse of the people living there.

    5 minutes read
  • The movement for movement

    How do you attract talent, and how do you enable talent? “It’s two branches of the same issue, working at the same time,” explains Marja Nyrhinen, whose job title, ‘City of Tampere coordinator of talent attraction and migration’ really says it all.

    6 minutes read
  • Bankable rivers

    Two decades ago, Wroclaw's river rose up and swallowed the city, killing 55 residents. 162,000 people were evacuated and the city sustained half a billion euros in damages. The city’s response? Embrace the river, develop it, and make it part of urban life.

    6 minutes read
  • Power to the patients

    In the Finnish city of Oulu people don't need to go to the doctor as often as elsewhere. Digital technology helps them to take care of their own health matters.

    5 minutes read
  • Creative meets digital

    Designed as a financial and business support device, Tango&Scan runs an annual open call for collaborative projects with the potential to result in innovative products and services. Recent winning ideas include a balcony with nesting boxes for birds and a serious game that helps children understand their cancer treatments

    1 minute read
  • Innovation from a shipping container

    After phasing out much of its industrial activity, Ljubljana wanted to give new meaning to one of its most iconic buildings, the Rog factory, while preserving the city's industrial tradition. The redesign, RogLab, is a 30m² shipping container between the Ljubljanica river and the Rog factory, intended as a creative hub for education, innovation and production.

    1 minute read