The business portal eKapija has opened the award contest for the investment of the year award Aurea 2018, which has been organized since 2009. The companies which initiated or realized innovative/original, socially useful and financially sustainable projects in the calendar year 2018 may apply until March 1, 2019.
The amount of funds invested is not the deciding factor. Instead, projects are ranked based on the originality of the innovation implemented, the significance to the environment, as well as the potential to be successful in the market. All industries are treated equally, as well as all kinds of projects, and the implementation of new processes/technologies, development or implementation of original software, offering a new product or coming up with a new approach to the market are all equally valid.
The new feature this year is that the winner will get the Aurea digital stamp, which it can use in its promotional campaigns and its business materials.
Zdravko Loncar, Managing Director of eKapija, says that constant changes and innovations are the key to being successful in business and that the values that this award promotes are essential to the long-term sustainable development of the Serbian economy.
– In the global competition, economies such as ours, which are small and insufficiently technologically developed, do not have much of a chance and must constantly compete by reducing the price of labor force. The only way out of this loop is for us to present creative and innovative solutions in the market. There are many young companies, usually consisting of young and enthusiastic entrepreneurs who are fighting to present their innovative products in the market, and they find any kind of help, especially media help, extremely important. I am proud that eKapija, together with its partners, is achieving this with the Aurea project. Innovation must be promoted and stimulated as much as possible, and we are contributing to this as a business portal with our Aurea award.
Interested companies may apply by themselves by filling out the form at www.aurea.rs. Following the analysis of the sent applications, the shortlisted projects will be presented on www.ekapija.com and www.aurea.rs, and the winner will be selected by an expert jury, whereas one online vote will be given by the readers of eKapija and visitors of aurea.rs. In addition to the main award, two special acknowledgments – innovation and social usefulness – will be handed out as well.
The eKapija business portal organizes the Aurea awards as part of its orientation towards corporate responsibility, without any financial interest, and with the aim of promoting and supporting projects important for a sustainable development of the Serbian economy.
For more information, visit www.aurea.rs.