The SME EnterPRIZE was awarded for the third time at the Generali Open Kitzbühel. The special “Start-up” prize was awarded for the first time.
Vienna (OTS) – Yesterday, Generali Austria honored the winners of the SME EnterPRIZE sustainability prize in Kitzbühel. The award honors small and medium-sized enterprises that contribute to the positive development of society and the environment with their innovative and sustainable business models, products and services.
The winners are:
Due to the promising applications, Generali Austria decided this year to award a special prize for start-ups for the first time:
In his speech, Gregor Pilgram, CEO of Generali Austria, emphasized the crucial role that small and medium-sized enterprises play in overcoming global challenges such as climate change and social inequality. “The diversity and innovative spirit of the applicants impress us every year. With the Generali SME EnterPRIZE, we give companies that think out-of-the-box a platform to increase their awareness and competitiveness.” so Gregor Pilgram. “We are very pleased that since the start of the SME EnterPRIZE we have been able to build up a dynamic that motivates even more excellent companies to participate every year.”
The winning companies in the main categories each received prize money of 10,000 euros and a one-year membership in the climate education start-up Glacier with access to the Climate Academy. Dorfplatz STAW also receives an invitation to the international SME EnterPRIZE event of the Generali Group in Brussels. The special prize for start-ups is endowed with 3,000 euros. A total of almost 150 Austrian companies applied for the awards.
The decision on the winners was made by a top-class expert jury, which included Hildegard Aichberger, board member of oekostrom AG, Markus Bürger, general secretary of the Austrian Council for Sustainable Development, Kerstin Neumann, professor for corporate sustainability at the University of Innsbruck, Michael Themessl, director the Sustainability Working Group of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, and Andreas Tschas, CEO of Glacier. CEO Gregor Pilgram and Arno Schuchter, Head of Sales and Marketing, were also on the jury as Generali representatives and helped to choose the Austrian winners.
Generali Austria is one of the leading insurance groups in Austria and part of the Generali Group. The Generali Group is one of the largest global insurance groups and asset managers. It was founded in 1831 and is represented in 50 countries with total premium income of 81.5 billion euros in 2022. With more than 82,000 employees who look after 69 million customers, Generali holds a leading position in Europe and is also becoming increasingly important in Asia and Latin America. At the heart of the Generali strategy is the desire to be a lifetime partner for customers, achieved through innovative and personalized solutions, first-class customer experiences and digitized global sales capabilities. Generali has fully integrated sustainability into all strategic decisions to create value for all stakeholders while building a more just and resilient society. Generali Austria is part of the “Germany, Austria and Switzerland” (DACH) business unit that was newly created in 2022. With around 19.6 billion euros in premium income and more than 12 million customers, the new business unit of the Generali Group is one of the leading primary insurance groups in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
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