Hi there! We wanted to share something with you.
The traditional award ceremony for philanthropy ISKRA was held on Friday, January 28, and we received the ISKRA 2021 philanthropy excellence award for “Contribution at a National level”.
Sounds awesome, right? Well, I hope it does because we are very proud of it.
The aim of this significant award is to recognize organizations and individuals who have selflessly contributed to the common good and the development of civil society in Montenegro.
The annual philanthropy award ISKRA is awarded by the Fund for Active Citizenship (FAKT) with the support of partners, donors, and friends and in cooperation with the European Commission, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Foundation “Ćano Koprivica”.
The award traditionally honors outstanding philanthropic achievements, recognizing and paying tribute to the individuals and organizations whose contributions improve the quality of life, the quality of communities, and the country itself.
Domain.ME has been recognized for its many activities aiming to create and promote STEM education in Montenegro, especially when it comes to younger generations, by receiving the ISKRA award for its “Contribution at a National level”.
“From our first day, we made sure we were there for young people because we wanted to give them the necessary tools, and thus the opportunity to be better than us. Domain.ME will continue to be focused on youth science and education because it is the driving force of this society and one of the things by which we want to continue to be recognized.”Predrag Lesic, CEO of Domain.ME, while receiving the ISKRA award
Over the last 13 years, we invested more than 1,2 million euros into strategically chosen national projects with the goal of introducing the benefits of the digital economy to Montenegrin people and businesses, preparing young people for the future of work, and developing a local startup scene.
Most of the projects have been initiated shortly after Domain.ME was founded, some of them being: FIRST LEGO League (a program of robotics for ages nine to sixteen developed to encourage children’s interest in science and technology, led by the Foundation of Young Inventors of Montenegro), Knowledge Olympiad (a national competition organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics with more than 3,600 participants in the last nine years), Spark.me conference (one of the biggest tech and business conferences in Southeastern Europe, which gathered more than 80 speakers and 3,000 participants from 30 countries since 2013.), and many more.
Over 2021, our projects included: Spark.ME startup adventure (competition in which young people are provided with mentoring and financial support from the prize fund of 60,000 EUR, in order to realize and implement their ideas in practice and contribute to the development of the Montenegrin economy), Domain.ME’s Programming School (a two-semester programming course for middle and high school students organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Montenegro), My Future STEM Profession (a unique socially responsible project whose goal is to give young people the opportunity to visit the experts in fields that are attractive to them and get acquainted with all aspects of the chosen profession in practice before choosing their future profession), EYCA application (a mobile app which enables young people to now enjoy all the benefits of the European Youth Card digitally).
We want to emphasize that we are especially pleased with the successes achieved by the participants of our educational programs, both elementary and high school students – ambassadors of Montenegro to major international program competitions, as well as today’s doctoral students, entrepreneurs, and innovators. Inspired by their stories, the company will continue to strive to support the community as much as possible in order to have as many stories as these in the future.