About

Balkan Green Ideas (BGI) is a program that supports the development of local and sustainable small green ideas in the Balkans. BGI aims to stimulate and encourage innovation for green ideas while engaging local communities to generate green businesses that utilize local resources and community-based markets. By supporting innovative, local sustainable economic development initiatives, Green Ideas aims to substantively contribute to building a peaceful, competitive, resilient and prosperous Balkans.

 

Values

 

Balkan Green Ideas is a regional program that promotes the green entrepreneurship and well-being of local communities in Western Balkan and Greece.


BGI works on the principles of:  

Community development, Sustainability, Environmental responsibility, Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment


National Leads

National organizations/foundations are part of the BGI network and are responsible for national competitions in their countries. 


News

Balkan Green Ideas 2021 Kick-off Meeting

Balkan Green Ideas 2021 Kick-off Meeting

2021-02-19
[Balkan Green Foundation](https://balkangreenideas.org/balkangreenfoundation.org) held the kick-off meeting of the Balkan Green Ideas 2021 edition, gathering our regional partners that cooperate with BGF in the implementation of the program in the Western Balkans and Greece. This year as well, through this program, BGF will aim to promote principles and values of sustainable and green policies in issues related to the economic, social, and political development of the WB societies, and connect grass-roots green activists and CSOs with green sustainable initiatives in WB and Greece. As in previous years, through BGI, many youngsters will have the chance to realize their green business ideas and be prepared to identify potentials within their communities for the creation of green and sustainable initiatives and businesses. Balkan Green Ideas is supported by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.  
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Five Winners Announced at the Regional Competition Balkan Green Ideas 2020

Five Winners Announced at the Regional Competition Balkan Green Ideas 2020

2020-09-07
September 7th, 2020 – The Best Green Ideas for 2020 were awarded by the independent jury at the 9th Annual Regional Competition of the [Balkan Green Ideas (BGI)](https://balkangreenideas.org//?_revision=1195) hosted by [Balkan Green Foundation ](https://www.balkangreenfoundation.org/?beta=1)on September 3rd and 4th. Winners within the Green Concept Ideas: Green School Days from Greece (joint concept of Green Community of Thessaloniki with the support of [Κοινά ipó katoíkisi-Commons in Residency](https://www.facebook.com/CIRproject/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARDPWDnVR3v1OSlQRESqQKfSqssgteE185dtk5rio7xnle-WPL6igjTA0k4KycqWdK_688iRmak3oO6r&fref=tag&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARAdNfLLQp3DBu9yHRkjueFWH8jygbqiwan3jOkdKSUnDR0f2FJM5SH9wuzFHu1aQI9i1a9HMbmcQGpCWTvoSgzw5iW24rfMiyDdO18u5nMH_0jg6IZI-h13KftlR2ah5G1DoRyKztlVWsmGEpDnDN12bjx17cEJjJbnzMslkVj6V1SiayQCd-L58nNUwTgrJ1YIi60oDjR1r-L8Id2B21n5iDLRqDk9gqRKwgp3H6hn0_Qha-ahvgnvjP6mtItnFQ5T3B6YiNKSSBURVsoVOjZ0xq31sJM4HMyHlOndtt1AZ9z72-D8kDoLEhQQ5c2mJQQlTq1rgwye8qTKTzOc5Qc)) presented by Dominiki Vagiati (5.000$ award) [Rinora Handmade](https://www.facebook.com/rinorahandmade) from Albania, presented by Rakip Belishaku (5.000$ award) Winners within the Green Advanced Ideas: [Mediterranean Cleanup](https://www.facebook.com/mediterraneancleanup.enaleia/) from Greece, presented by Lefteris Arapakis (10.000$ award) Wise Additive from North Macedonia, presented by Sofija Daceva (10.000$ award) [City and Me](https://www.cityandme.org/) from Serbia, presented by Branko Krsmanovic (10.000$ award) This year’s competition was in virtual format due to the COVID-19 movement restrictions across the region. National Foundations representatives from Western Balkans and Greece were present online to follow the pitches of green and innovative ideas from 7 countries. For two days, 21 innovative, original and unique green ideas were presented in front of the jury members divided in two LOTs: Green Concept Idea Lot with 10 National Finalists competing for two awards of 5.000$ each and Green Advanced Idea Lot with 11 National Finalists competing for three awards of 10.000$ each. Jurors: Goran Jeras (Croatia), Lucija Marovt (Slovenia), Christina Forster (Austria) and Andras Krolopp (Hungary) had very challenging task of choosing the five winners. For almost a decade, BGI has been supporting the establishment and development of many successful business ideas in the region of Western Balkans and Greece. BGI also continuously explores the role of philanthropy in engaging local communities to generate green business ideas that utilize local resources and revitalize disappearing traditional production chains and community-based markets. Balkan Green Ideas is a project of the Balkan Green Foundation, supported by the [Rockefeller Brothers Fund Western Balkans Program](https://www.rbf.org/programs/western-balkans), and in cooperation with national foundations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. More info about the competition could be found on www.balkangreenideas.org
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Winners from the Region Announced at the 2019 Regional Balkan Green Ideas Competition

Winners from the Region Announced at the 2019 Regional Balkan Green Ideas Competition

2020-04-16
Tirana, 12 July 2019 – [Balkan Green Foundation](https://www.balkangreenfoundation.org/?beta=1) organized the 8th Annual Regional Competition of the Balkan Green Ideas (BGI) competition. This year the competition gathered representatives from countries of the Western Balkans and Greece and provided an opportunity to competitors from 7 countries to present their green and innovative ideas. For two days, 21 innovative, original, and unique green ideas were presented in front of the jury members who had the challenging task of choosing the four winners who were each awarded $10,000. This year’s winners are: Jordanco Lefkov from North Macedonia for growing a new “Bio Smart Rice”, Stamatina Ioanna Moschandreou from Greece for her idea "Community Energy River",  Olga Rajchikj from North Macedonia for the mobile application named "Challenger" and Salko Užičanin from Bosnia and Herzegovina for the unique solar panel "SolHeat Ltd". Over the years, BGI has strongly supported the initiation and development of more than 22 successful business ideas which continue to thrive and strive for incremental growth on the and regional levels. BGI also explores the role of philanthropy in engaging local communities to generate green business ideas that utilize local resources and revitalize disappearing traditional production chains and community-based markets. Balkan Green Ideas is a project of the Balkan Green Foundation, supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Western Balkans Program, and in cooperation with national foundations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.
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Donors

 
 

          Balkan Green Ideas Program

 Balkan Green Academy


Stats

 

43

DEMO DAYS ORGANIZED

132

GREEN FINALISTS SELECTED

25

GREEN IDEA SUPPORTED

7

COUNTRIES IMPACTED 

 


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