Since 2015, when ARNO started administering the national competition, N. Macedonia got its first regional winner (Good Earth Cooperative). In 2016 N. Macedonia won at the Regional competition one more time with the idea of “SPIN” (Marta Mojsova young architect doing upcycling of furniture). In 2017 we got two winners: “Eco Illusions” (Kristian Shopov, magician that uses edutainment) and “Food for Everyone” (platform for sales of last minute food). In 2019 again we came back from the Regional Competition with 2 Awards: “Challenger” – A mobile app that encourages people to collect green steps and receive awards, “Bio Smart Rice” – rice grown on dry soil, production that cuts inputs and environmental risks, run by organic farmers from Kochani.

Each winner received 10,000 $ for the implementation of the green business idea, while the National Administrators are responsible for the process of monitoring and evaluation, and further matching with donors and networks.In total, until 2019, 60 000 $ are invested in the country for the support of the green (social) businesses

The contest works through structured and verified criteria through a process that ensure transparent selection of the winning ideas. Initiative to support green ideas nationally aims to reach out to the most marginalized rural areas and to inspire and encourage more communities, groups and/or individuals that have original and innovative ideas to start small, green businesses.

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