Promo Event: Green Ideas 2024+additional opportunities for Green Social Businesses image

Promo Event: Green Ideas 2024+additional opportunities for Green Social Businesses

🎉 Celebrating 10 years of #GreenIdeas organized by ARNO! To mark this milestone and welcome the arrival of spring, we’re excited to announce the launch of this year’s #greenideas competition!

📌On March 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Europe House Skopje, ARNO is organizing an event to open this year’s competition for green ideas. The language of the event is Macedonian.
✔️ Registration is open to everyone (no age or regional restrictions). For logistical purposes (such as arranging chairs and preparing snacks and coffee), registration is necessary. To register, simply fill out this form by March 18 (23:59). Selected participants will receive a confirmation email by March 19, 2024.

The main purpose of the event and why we invite you? Let’s delve into the topic of a green social economy: idea holders – we want to encourage you to apply (you will receive application guidelines and workshop announcements); participants will get to hear interesting stories and meet our green businesses; we’ll also be sharing announcements about additional grant opportunities from another ARNO project. Plus, come join us for a chance to win some awesome eco-gifts – including a designer eco-hat, hair scrunchies made from textile scraps, and Borenki (we’re giving away gifts to celebrate our 10th anniversary).

Agenda of the event:
▪️ Introduction: What is #GreenIdeas? Introduction to green social economy, presentation of the competition
👒 Success story: Meet Mirjana Josifoska and learn about her journey to becoming a regional winner
🗂️ How to apply: Presentation of the application form, announcement of workshops with trainer Irina Tosheva (national winner of Green Ideas 2021)
🇪🇺 Other sources of support: Announcement of grants from the EICEE project
🎁 Quiz and prizes (including designer hat, hair scrunchies, Borenki)
🌲 Drawing with Borenki: Supporting the initiative to restore wild-fire areas, Union of Scouts of Macedonia
👥 Informal socializing: Q&A and networking

For those new to our programs and approaches, here’s a brief description:
🌱 Green Ideas is an annual competition supporting the development of small, local, green business ideas. Apart from North Macedonia, the competition is also held in Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Greece. Every year, three representatives from each country compete in a regional competition. The four regional winners receive $10,000 or $5,000 each for the realization of their idea in their country. ARNO has administered the competition at the national level for 10 consecutive years and is proud to have regional winners annually. More information is available at
♻️ The project “EICEE – Ecosystem for Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy in the Western Balkans” is supported by the European Union through the EU Call for Civil Society and Media Program in the Western Balkans and Turkey for 2021-2023 (IPA III). The general goal of this project is to strengthen the capacities and engagement of civil society organizations in the development of policies and practices that lead to a green and digital transition in the Western Balkans region. More information about the project can be found here:
💚 We look forward to seeing you there!

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