Social Impact Award Croatia: Praiseworthy Projects Gain Recognition

Lauren Simmonds

As Lucija Spiljak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 1st of October, 2019, the ACT Group’s director Teo Petričević stated that ”individuals who build a value framework with a strong, proactive message create great social change,” at the Zagreb Innovation Centre (Zicer) at the Zagreb Fair (Velesajam), where the winners of the Social Impact Award Croatia awards were announced.

The aim of the program is to encourage students and young people between the ages of 14 and 30 to be part of the development of social entrepreneurship in the world through the realisation of their own entrepreneurial ideas, which will aim to solve social and environmental problems. A jury of social entrepreneurs, faculty lecturers, business advisers and program partners awarded three teams.

The jury handed out awards to Invisible Zagreb’s projects – which the first educational tour in the Republic of Croatia led by former and current homeless people, Clear Coast – a mobile application for locating, reporting and forwarding information on illegal dumping sites and landfills to the competent waste management and marine and coastal pollution services, and Service4you, where people explore their skills and satisfy their various needs.

Finaktivci also won votes from the audience, and this is a project aimed primarily at educating pre-schoolers about finances and teaching them how to use their money more wisely. In addition to the cash prizes, the winners of the competition were awarded free participation in the SIA2019 international conference in Kiev, Ukraine, as well as priceless mentoring support.

“We want to give young people a sense of social entrepreneurship and teach them how to start a business and turn their mistakes into something good. We have provided them with mentors who have guided 158 young people through five workshops this year in Zagreb, Osijek and Split.

If you have a good idea, get started with it, you can count on our support,” said Renata Glad, National Coordinator of SIA Croatia. The Social Impact Award program is otherwise implemented in more than twenty countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, and involves more than 8,000 students and young people annually.

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