Winners from the Region Announced at the 2019 Regional Philanthropy for Green Ideas Competition
Tirana, 12 July 2019 – The Balkan Green Foundation organized the 8th Annual Regional
Competition of the Philanthropy for Green Ideas (PGI) 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
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, PGI 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. PGI 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.
Philanthropy for Green Ideas is a project of the Balkan Green Foundation, supported by the
Rockefeller Brothers Fund's Western Balkans Program, and in cooperation with national
foundations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia