Postbank focuses on supporting social entrepreneurship to mark its 30th anniversary

Postbank focuses on supporting social entrepreneurship to mark its 30th anniversary

The unique project, Universe of Opportunities, will provide BGN 30,000 funding to digital investment, education and environmental protection initiatives

25 May 2021

“Creating a universe of opportunities for 30 years” – with this motto Postbank celebrates its 30-year presence on the Bulgarian market. During that period, the financial institution has actively committed to the processes in the Bulgarian community through its socially responsible and charity activities. On the occasion of the anniversary, the company is once again focusing on public needs by supporting the generation of sustainable models and solutions aimed at reshaping the environment. The dedicated innovative online platform, Universe of Opportunities, is the new, all-digital, large-scale, socially responsible initiative Postbank is launching to mark its 30th anniversary.

The internet platform, which can be found at 30yearspostbank.bg, will collect the attractive ideas of citizens and non-profit organizations operating in the area of social entrepreneurship in favour of the society. Three of the projects with potential in key fields, such as education, digital innovations and environmental protection, will receive up to BGN 10,000 grants each in order to be implemented.

“We believe that the innovative online platform, Universe of Opportunities, has the capacity to significantly boost the positive changes in our society. The pioneers of such changes are people and organizations, which firmly back a cause and have a clear plan how to implement it. Our goal is to find these social entrepreneurs and digital innovators, and offer them our special support for their ideas. In our entire 30-year history, we have been actively and purposefully working on improving education, achieving a greener environment and awareness by using modern tech solutions and digital innovations in and outside our organization. This is why we quite logically selected these three categories. We believe these areas have the best potential to inspire positive changes and open new development opportunities for the entire community. Universe of Opportunities is our largest-scale, innovative and entirely online-based corporate social responsible initiative, which unites the three areas of development we deem important. It aims to attract as many people and organizations as possible. Everyone can apply for funding for their idea and vote in support of a project at their discretion,” Postbank comments.

Universe of Opportunities digital platform can be found at 30yearspostbank.bg and is open for applications until 10 July 2021. The application process for funding in the three categories – Digital Innovations, Education, and Green Projects – can be conducted entirely online. The prize money totals BGN 30,000, as each project could win up to BGN 10,000. The authors of the winning projects must set a deadline for their implementation of up to six months after the date of receiving the funding. Each participant can compete with an indefinite number of projects in the three categories and use all or a portion of Postbank’s financial support.

The winners will be selected in several stages. All of the competing projects will have an equal start while Universe of Opportunities is open for public voting from 10 to 31 July, including. The 10 finalists, who receive most of the votes in each category, will be announced on 1 August. The 30 finalists will be presented on Postbank’s social network profiles and an independent jury will select the best ideas and announce the winners (one project per category) at an official event on 14 September 2021.

The special online platform, Universe of Opportunities, builds on Postbank’s 30-year proactive approach in the fields of education, environmental protection and popularization of innovations among the modern society. The numerous projects and initiatives implemented by the financial institution include the strategic partnership with SoftUni and Finance Academy, the Easy Finances programme, the Finance in Focus podcast, the internal Green Together programme, the Green Outdoor Stories project, the Heroes in Green initiative and many others. Digitalization and the constant introduction of innovations has been a steady trend in the development of Postbank over the years. The bank won two awards from the prestigious international competition, World Finance Digital Banking Awards 2020, as a recognition of its achievements in this area, namely Best Digital Bank and Best Mobile Banking Application for consumers in Bulgaria. Launching Universe of Opportunities on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, Postbank takes another bold step in the working on three areas of interest: opening a public discussion, boosting the visibility of bold ideas and making people part of a change for the better.

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