Iskraemeco’s Green Penguin project was awarded first prize in the category of supporting the sustainable transition at the European Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony at the European Commission’s Annual Meeting for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Portorož on Tuesday, 16. Nov 2021.
The Green Penguin is a digital solution for cities based on the capture and analysis of energy consumption data that encourages schools, school children and other residents to personally help reduce their carbon footprint and develop new habits.
The European Entrepreneurship Promotion Award recognizes the most successful promoters of entrepreneurship in Europe, showcase best business practices, raise awareness of the added value of entrepreneurship and encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.
This year, six competition categories were opened: Promoting Entrepreneurship, Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills, Improving the Business Environment and Supporting Digital Transformation, Promoting Business Internationalization, Supporting Sustainable Change, and Responsible and Open Entrepreneurship. This year, more than 450 projects in 28 EU countries applied for the national competitions, from which the European Commission selected the finalists for each category.
In the category “Supporting Sustainable Transition”, Iskraemeco won the European Entrepreneurship Award with its “Green Penguin” project. The Green Penguin has a positive impact on the environment and society by combining smart technologies and gamification to promote environmental and digital literacy, starting with the younger generations and gradually expanding to all age groups, businesses and urban infrastructure. The project is particularly interesting because it encourages people to personally contribute to reducing their carbon footprint and develop new habits.
Mojca Markizeti, the project’s brainchild, sees the award as an important recognition that opens up new opportunities for conversations and collaboration with European cities. “We are pleased that the positive impact of our idea and innovation Green Penguin has also convinced the expert jury of the European Commission. At Iskraemeco, we are aware that only with a combination of technological and social innovation can we achieve green and digital transformation and set climate targets. At the same time, the award is an additional motivation and confirmation for our team, which is working hard to bring the Green Penguin to European cities. “