Five Winners Announced at the Regional Competition BGI 2020

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) hosted by Balkan Green Foundation on September 3rd and 4th.

Winners within the Green Concept Ideas:

  1. Green School Days from Greece (joint concept of Green Community of Thessaloniki with the support of Κοινά ipó katoíkisi-Commons in Residency) presented by Dominiki Vagiati (5.000$ award)
  2. Rinora Handmade from Albania, presented by Rakip Belishaku (5.000$ award)

Winners within the Green Advanced Ideas:

  1. Mediterranean Cleanup from Greece, presented by Lefteris Arapakis (10.000$ award)
  2. Wise Additive from North Macedonia, presented by Sofija Daceva (10.000$ award)
  3. City and Me 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, 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