The second edition of the Olivia Prize is starting!

Olivia Prize 2021 – the call for applications for the second edition of our competition is now open! Submit your company or project by 28 February.

The Olivia Prize will be awarded in three categories:

  • Olivia Business – for an economic or business project carried out by a team of Residents.
  • Olivia Pro Bono – for a social project, carried out individually or in a team by the Residents.
  • Olivia Eco – for an ecological project, carried out individually or as a team by the Residents.

In addition, the Olivia Impact special award will be granted for the initiative assessed as the most impactful on the environment, within one of three categories. Projects completed or started in 2021 are eligible for the Olivia Prize 2021 awards.

Who can be nominated for the Olivia Prize?

Any person who works at the Olivia Centre, a company from Olivia and an initiative carried out individually or in groups can be nominated for the Olivia Prize. The age, position, or industry of the nominees doesn’t matter.

Who can apply for the award?

Anyone can submit an entry for the award. It is not necessary to be a Resident of Olivia Centre.

The aim of the Olivia Prize competition is to distinguish the most important implementations and initiatives of Olivia companies. Last year, the jury considered as many as 46 applications. The following were awarded: p-beep – for an innovative communication system in difficult working conditions; EPAM Systems – for the grassroots initiative of employees who, as volunteers, made and delivered personal safety equipment, including face shields, made using 3D printing technology, to Pomeranian hospitals. The main prize went to the Polish company VTS Group. The company’s flagship product, air handling units and air conditioning units, was appreciated. They find recipients all over the world, and their quality is evidenced by the fact that as many as 17 countries decided to use them in their pavilions during the EXPO 2020 exhibition in Dubai, which is coming to an end.

“Last year, we were very impressed by how many important and useful projects were implemented by our Residents in 2020. – says Bogusław Wieczorek from Olivia Business Centre. – Among the applications were activities in the field of ecology, animal protection, support for charitable organizations. They definitely dominated last year’s edition of the Olivia Prize. However, special recognition should be given to business projects, which were often carried out in spite of the difficult, dynamically changing situation on global markets. The thematic scope and scale of the projects submitted after such an exhausting 2020 make us look forward to the summary of the initiatives from 2021 with optimism and impatience. Importantly, the jury is composed of representatives of Olivia companies, so each award is particularly valuable, and the recognition from the business community often comes before the material dimension. –Adds.

This year, we are introducing an additional Olivia Eco category, which will be awarded in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact. UNGC was founded in 2000 and is now the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 12,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories in more than 160 countries.

Already last year, a significant part of the applications concerned social and ecological projects that our Residents implemented in 2020. We very much hope that the cooperation with UNGC as a partner of the award will additionally contribute to the promotion of such activities. At the same time, we are very pleased that such a significant institution is willing to engage in the project we are organizing to distinguish the valuable initiatives of our Residents. – sums up Bogusław Wieczorek.

Applications are accepted until February 28, 2022, and the results will be announced in mid-March.

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