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Sometimes we are not sure whether the idea is good enough, what prevents us to say it out loud. But if we do not try it, it will not see the light of day. The competition for the selection of business ideas, that represent Serbia in the best way, and that in the same time contain clear social component, is implemented by Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac, UniCredit Foundation, UniCredit Bank and Smart kolektiv. Total amount for grants is EUR 40,000. The funds are intended to boost social entrepreneurship by encouraging the development of ideas for products or services that can contribute to promoting a positive image of Serbia abroad and increase its export potential.

Within the first phase of the competition ‘Idea for a Better Tomorrow’, which lasted from June 6th till July 17th, social enterprises operating in Serbia submitted over 130 ideas, with strong social mission, for products and services that can represent Serbia abroad. Following this, Jury meeting was held on July 28th during which 15 most perspective social enterprises which comply the most with criteria defined by the competition were short listed. List can be found on www.divac.com/ideja-rezultati.

Representatives of Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac, UniCredit Foundation and UniCredit Bank presented the winners of the competition ‘Idea for a Better Tomorrow’. The goal of the competition was identifying the ideas for products or services which can contribute in the best way to the improvement of Serbia’s image in the region and abroad, and at the same time influence the improvement of country’s export potential. In the period from November 7th until December 26th social companies, small cooperatives, companies employing marginalized and vulnerable groups and individuals, as well as families and individuals, applied with 230 ideas. In basis of the innovative aspect of the these ideas and sustainability of the project, 9 best candidates were chosen which were awarded with grants in the overall amount of EUR 56,000. This project is supported by Serbia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA) and Tourism Organization of Serbia (TOS).

The jury has chosen 7 candidates with the best ideas, three from the category of legal entities and four from the category of individuals/families, while UniCredit Bank employees, who were also involved in the voting process, have chosen one winner from both categories. In the category of legal entities awards went to „Strawberry Energy“ for the production of Strawberry mini SOS device, to „Serbian Film Association“ for the development of data base of movie locations in Serbia, to Studio „Štap&kanap“ for the production of jam made of chili peppers, as well as to Association „Old crafts for a new age“ for the adaptation of souvenir shop in Prijepolje. When talking about individuals and families grants were awarded to Miloš Erceg for Kapris goat cheeses, to Mirjana Luković for organic production of raspberries, to Nikola Ninkov for the production of cold-pressed sunflower and soybean oil, to Slađana Pajović for the foundation of social enterprise for production, promotion and sale of typical Serbian handicrafts, as well as to Slavica Vračarić for the production of healthy food, characteristic for Kremna area. Legal entities were awarded with the overall amount of EUR 34,000, while individuals and families received EUR 22,000.

Project „Idea for a Better Tomorrow“ is organized in several phases, while its expected duration is 10 months. In the first phase, which lasted from November 7th until December 26th, the defined categories applied with their ideas which, according to their opinion, could promote Serbia abroad in the best way. After the expiry of the application period, jury has chosen 39 best ideas from the categories of legal entities and individuals/families. In the second phase, experts worked with 39 selected candidates on the development of business plan. Afterwards, the jury has chosen the winners. In order to ensure successful implementation of the ideas, in the next phase, the monitoring of winning projects will be conducted.

More about competition’s winners learn above.

Winners of first edition

The second edition of the project, which aimed at contributing to the development of social entrepreneurship and existing business in Serbia, was conducted by Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, UniCredit Foundation and UniCredit Bank, in cooperation with Smart Kolektiv and National Tourism Organization of Serbia. For grants, which should provide business improvement and implementation of new ideas, were able to apply social enterprises, companies that earn income producing and selling goods and services that have a social purpose as the main activities, companies that reinvest part of the profits to achieve its social objective, small cooperatives, citizens' associations, limited liability companies, handicraft workshops and others. The jury selected 7 ideas for products and services that can best contribute to improving the image of Serbia in the region and abroad, which are awarded with grants in total amount of EUR 45,000.

During the second phase of the competition, expert committee selected 20 finalists who had the opportunity to collaborate with experts in order to create the best business plans and thus be eligible to receive grants. After preparation and evaluation of business plans, expert committee on the basis of innovation and sustainability of proposed ideas, has chosen six winning projects with the best ideas, while more than 200 employees of our bank chose seventh winner, the Association of Social Cooperatives homemade  "Bosiljak"  which allocated funds for the development of cultural and artistic creativity, promotion of handicrafts which have territorial and ethical forms and creating brand of Cacak region. "Daj-Daj" has received funds for implementation of the new business model that will allow them to create a social cooperative and thus further employ at least three women from socially vulnerable groups. The idea of ​​the "Optimist" is aimed at the economic empowerment of the municipality of Bosilegrad and southern Serbia through the growth of social enterprises that will be involved in production, processing, purchase and sale of fruit and fruit products, vegetables and mushrooms, while the Association for Support to Persons with Developmental Disabilities "Nasa kuca" launched the sweet line and thus improve service of Kitchens on wheels. SZR "Sofi" allocated funds for the improvement and expansion of product range, production of natural creams, while the carpentry shop "Sumarko" used the grant for the purchase of woodworking machines, which increased the volume and efficiency of production of toys for children, reduce the time and cost of production, and thus the price of the final product. At the end, Citizens' Association for the fight against human trafficking and all forms of violence against women "Atina" has received funds for expansion of the entire range of products, improvement of marketing strategy, organization of a large number of sales events, an increase in the paid labor force.

Winners of second edition

Further information in regards to business development of winners you may find bellow:

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