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

Roadmap of Green Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Western Balkans 2022

Roadmap of Green Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Western Balkans 2022

2022-08-23
Green Entrepreneurship Roadmap of Western Balkans has been designed to provide a concrete overview of the existing ecosystems and map the relevant stakeholders in the countries who are fostering the development of green entrepreneurship in the Western Balkans.  This publication is part of the Balkan Green Academy 2.0 project funded by the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a  project of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Click [here](https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wV3nQ8KKy7FdQ9uzxRCkEUrxoyd5bRMA/view) to read the full publication on ‘Roadmap of Green Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in the Western Balkans’. 
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WINNERS OF THE JUBILAR TENTH EDITION OF THE BALKAN GREEN IDEAS ARE ANNOUNCED

WINNERS OF THE JUBILAR TENTH EDITION OF THE BALKAN GREEN IDEAS ARE ANNOUNCED

2022-08-22
Today we have concluded the 10th jubilee edition of the Balkan Green Ideas Regional Competition. This year's edition was organized in Belgrade, Serbia, by Balkan Green Foundation in close cooperation with our national foundations from each of the participating countries. Five awards were presented to the winning teams in a ceremony held on 28 October 2021. Out of 21 presentations, the winners were selected by an independent jury, consisting of Andras Krolopp, Marina Queins, and Teo Petricevic. Based on the teams' presentations and documents provided by teams prior to the competition as in previous editions of the event, teams competed in one of two categories of the Balkan Green Ideas. In the Green Concept Ideas Lot category, winners could secure an award of $5.000. In the Green Advanced Ideas Lot category, the awarded price amounted to $10.000. Winners of the 10th jubilee edition of the Balkan Green Ideas Regional Competition, under the category Green Concept Ideas Lot (award of $5.000) are: 1. O-Krug from North Macedonia 2. NewPen from Serbia 3. Permeti's Yummy Treasures from Albania Winners of the 10th jubilee edition of the Balkan Green Ideas Regional Competition, under the category of the Green Advanced Ideas Lot (award of $10.000) are: 1. Paleovraha from Greece 2. The Botanic Project from Kosovo The 21 innovative, green ideas from six countries of the Western Balkans and Greece were presented for two days. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's competition was organized in a hybrid format. While a majority of the teams presented their ideas and businesses in person in Belgrade, some of the teams participated online via Zoom. The event concluded with the selection of the five ideas that resonated best with the jury, based on, amongst others, their ambition to create positive impacts on the environment and their community through their entrepreneurship. This year's edition was a special one, as next to giving all participants the opportunity to present their green innovations, it also marks the tenth year of organizing Balkan Green Ideas, formerly known as Philanthropy for Green Ideas. For a full decade, Balkan Green Ideas has been supporting the establishment and further development of many successful entrepreneurship ideas in the region of Western Balkans and Greece. We continuously explore the role of philanthropy in engaging local communities to generate green entrepreneurship ideas that utilize local resources and revitalize disappearing traditional production chains and community-based markets. Balkan Green Ideas has been a leader in the region of Western Balkans and Greece to incentivize communities to work together and create a better future for everyone living in this region and beyond. Balkan Green Ideas is a project of the Balkan Green Foundation, organized annually and supported institutionally by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Western Balkans Program, and this year's edition has been co-supported by Erasmus+, Balkan Trust for Democracy, and USAID. Balkan Green Ideas is organized closely in cooperation with our amazing partners: Partners Albania for Change and Development from Albania, Mozaik Foundation from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Green Ideas Greece (A partnership between HumanRights360 and HIGGS) from Greece, LENS from Kosovo, Fund for Active Citizenship - fAKT from Montenegro, ARNO from North Macedonia and Trag Foundation from Serbia. 
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Roadmap of Green Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Western Balkans

Roadmap of Green Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Western Balkans

2022-08-22
Green Entrepreneurship Roadmap of Western Balkans has been designed to provide a concrete overview of the existing ecosystems and map the relevant stakeholders in the countries who are fostering the development of green entrepreneurship in the Western Balkans This publication is part of the Balkan Green Academy 1.0 project funded by the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Click [here](https://www.balkangreenfoundation.org/uploads/files/2021/April/14/Roadmap_of_Green_Entrepreneurship_Ecosystem_in_the_Western_Balkans1618391520.pdf) to read the full publication on ‘Roadmap of Green Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in the Western Balkans’.
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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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