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Innowave Varna – European youth capital 2017
In 2017 Varna was selected for European Youth Capital1 and was the first Bulgarian city to win this prize. All events pass under the Varna Innowave logo – for the social innovations that are in focus this year. In itself, this prize does not bring financial gain to the city, but it shows that somebody appreciates what is happening in the youth community and the immense efforts of non-governmental organizations to change both the environment of life and the mentality of young people.
The prize is awarded to a European city for a period of one year. This is an initiative of the European Youth Forum launched in 2009. So far, the European Capitals of Youth were: Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2009), Turin, Italy (2010), Antwerp, Belgium (2011), Braga, Portugal (2012), Maribor, Slovenia (2013), Thessaloniki, Greece (2014), Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2015) and Gandja, Azerbaijan (2016).
The main objective of the Varna – European Youth Capital initiative is to make the city a center of attraction for business and young people. The idea is to enable young people to improve the city environment by developing their own projects in different spheres2: entrepreneurship, urban environment, culture, new technologies and their applications, etc.
The InnoCenter key direction delivers logistic for hosting of events for Bulgarian and international organizations and institutions. Within the framework of the InnoCenter key direction Call for Proposals 7 projects in total have been approved3.