Traditional SBF Bridge Awards

HIFA Business of Year, Gorenje Innovator of Year, Hastor Foundation Recognized for Social Impact

Presentation of the traditional SBF Bridge Awards in five categories was held at the Sarajevo Business Forum 2017.

Each year, the Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF) incorporates new projects with the purpose of improving the regional business environment and supporting new ideas, successful companies and individuals. This year, SBF 2017 will once again acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond in their respected fields.

The Sarajevo Business Bridge Awards recognize those who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in business while contributing to their community through an established social impact.

The New Business of the Year Award was given to the HUB 387, while the Business of the Year Award went to the HIFA Group Company.

In the Inventor of the Year category, the award was presented to Gorenje Group Company from Slovenia, while the Youth Employer of the Year is M San Group from Croatia.

The Hastor Foundation from Bosnia and Herzegovina received the Social Impact Award.

Izudin Ahmetlić, owner of Hifa Group said that he is proud to be acknowledged as a company not only in Bosnia but also in the region

  • This award is motivation for us to continue on the road of success. We think that this belongs to all out employees – Ahmetlić said. Managing Director of the Foundation Seid Fijuljanin said that this award meant a lot to them because it showed that their work was noticed and recognized.

During its 12 years of work, the Foundation has provided scholarships for thousands of students who are now employed. Presently, it is supporting 1,714 scholarship beneficiaries from more than 110 municipalities in BiH.

"This award is an instrument of recognition of everything we have done so far and we would like for it to become an instrument for recognizing the potential of everything that can be done in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is necessary to provide substantial help to young people and their families during their education in order for them to achieve the desired level of expertise in the field in which they want to educate themselves. We will continue to make efforts to develop initiatives and take actions and we invite all of those who wish to support our work to do so, so that we can jointly create a new positive impact on our society and, eventually, on the whole of BiH”, said Fiuljanin.

The Hastor Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit organization that was established in 2006 and, since then, it has undertaken to support and empower children and young people in their efforts to become self-aware leaders in their communities. Basic idea and goal of the Hastor Foundation is to provide an opportunity for young people to utilize their successful education and volunteering to participate in the development of local communities and their own resources.