Applications open for the “Sarajevo Business Bridge Awards 2017” – Sarajevo Business Forum acknowledges excellence for Entrepreneurship Development in the region

The leading investment conference in Southeast Europe, The Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF), will award companies and individuals who, through their work, innovative ideas, and youth employment, contributed to the development of entrepreneurship and investments in the region. Winners will be awarded on the 22nd of May during the prestigious “Sarajevo Business Bridge Awards.”

Awards are being planned in six categories including; New Business of the Year, Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Employer of the Year, Social impact Award, and Innovator of the Year.

Awards will be presented in the presence of international and regional political and business leaders during the formal ceremony held in Bosnian Parliament during the first day of the Forum.

"The Sarajevo Business Forum, as a leading economic platform in the region, aims to build a better business environment in the region. Our main goal is the development of entrepreneurship. Only through networking, market development, and youth employment can we produce positive changes in our society,” said Amer Bukvic, CEO of BBI Bank. He also noted that applications for the Bridge Awards are open to regional companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding results in business and whose work has had a positive impact on society.

Through this recognition and acknowledgement, the Sarajevo Business Forum supports local companies and individuals, especially those who have created new businesses and those who have put emphasis on youth employment.

"These companies are generators of progress and stability in our region. Through these awards we wish to honor these “knights” and promote them in front of a global audience. We would also like to acknowledge the fact that through hard work, innovation, and perseverance, even in the Balkans it is possible to succeed. This is our way of inspiring local entrepreneurs and hopefully encouraging them to develop and implement their professional ambitions,” said Amer Bukvic.

Traditionally, Bosna Bank International in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB) organizes the Sarajevo Business Forum. Patronage of the 8th annual SBF conference is the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Council of Ministers, local governments, the BiH Foreign Trade Chamber, the Chambers of Commerce of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Srpska, as well as many other companies in BiH.

Last year was the first year these prestigious awards were given to outstanding companies and individuals from the region. The award for Social Impact was given to Pero Gudelj, owner of the retail chain FIS Vitez BiH. Infobip Sarajevo won the award for Youth Employment while innovator of the year was given to Dejan Sumak from Slovenia. New Business of the Year was given to Zitopeka d.o.o from Banja Luka while Business of the Year was given to KLAS d.d from Sarajevo. Finally, Entrepreneur of the Year was won by Gazmend Haxhia from Albania.

The jury for the Sarajevo Business Bridge Awards 2017 will consist of affluent businessmen and political leaders including Stjepan Mesic, former President of Croatia, Danilo Turk, former President of Slovenia, Nijaz Hastor, owner of ASA Prevent Group, Murat Yulek, professor at the Faculty of Economy in Istanbul, Danica Purg, founder and President of IEDC-Bled School of Management from Slovenia and Amer Bukvic, CEO of BBI.

Registration and applications for the Sarajevo Business Bridge Awards can be found on our website at