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Financial Magazine “EMEA Finance“ Awards Raiffeisen Banka the Title “Best Bank in Serbia“

Raiffeisen banka has been awarded the title “Best Bank in Serbia“ for the fourth year in a row at the annual competition “European Banking Awards“, organized by renowned British financial magazine “EMEA Finance“.

Apart from this title, the Raiffeisen Banking Group was awarded a total of 23 awards for all the markets where it operates, including “Best Bank“, “Best Foreign Bank“, as well as “Best Investment Bank“ titles.

 

Awards from globally renowned financial magazines are proof that the quality of our business has been recognized beyond the borders of our market. In 2019, we realized excellent business results and improved our service significantly by introducing some of the most innovative banking technology solutions. This award is especially important because it comes at a moment when not only our economy, but also the whole world is facing an unprecedented challenge, a virus pandemic. This award will give us further motivation and strength to continue investing into the digitalization of our services, so that we continue to be a reliable partner for our clients – entrepreneurs and citizens of Serbia – in these changed circumstances“, Zoran Petrović, CEO of Raiffeisen banka, stated on this occasion. 

 

In the process of choosing the best banks, the magazine’s jury of specialists took the following basic criteria into account: the bank’s market share, growth in the share of certain products in the market, the bank’s profitability, quality and offer innovation, as well as the business strategy quality.

 

“EMEA Finance“ is a British financial magazine which covers the dynamic financial markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa in its expert analyses.  

 

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Raiffeisen banka a.d. Beograd is a member of Raiffeisen Bank International, one of the leading banking groups in CEE. It began its business activities in Serbia in 2001 and is now developing its activities in three segments: retail banking, corporate banking, treasury and investment banking.

For additional information, please contact the Marketing & PR Department of Raiffeisen banka at phone No. 011/2207-306.

For Crédit Agricole Srbija support of domestic economy is priority

Crédit Agricole Serbia has once again confirmed its role as a secure and stable partner by supporting Serbian companies in driving the country’s growth at a time when society as a whole needs it most. The best proof of that is the growth of 18% in the financing of the real economy.

„The cornerstone of our business approach is acting every day in the interest of our customers and society. In line with that, being part of the solid Crédit Agricole Group that operates in 52 countries worldwide with A+ credit rating has allowed us to continue investing in the productivity of our country even in difficult moments such as those experienced. We listened to the needs of domestic companies, were there for them when they needed, invested funds and experience in their development and the best proof of that is a rise of 18% in loans, 52% in deposits and above all, enviable level of customer satisfaction“ said Jelena Pavlović, Head of Corporate Banking at Crédit Agricole Bank.

Generator The Game Changer Final Event

Grand finale of the Generator The Game Changer Final Event will be held on Oct 14, 2020 at 18:00 hrs via Zoom application.

If interested to join the event, please register via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vO-k7K6tQbWYFTXsrARnSg.

Meet The Winners Of The Generator Gamechanger Competition

More than 170 participants applied for the OTP banka’s Generator competition, which supports digital projects that help small and medium enterprises overcome the consequences of the crisis caused by the corona virus, out of which ten semifinalists and subsequently six finalists advanced to the next stage. At the final online event, the jury selected two winners who won one million dinars each for the further development of their projects.

BELGRADE – October 15, 2020 – Generator Gamechanger This year’s OTP banka’s competition supported digital projects – websites, applications and other digital platforms – that help and offer new opportunities to SMEs to overcome the challenges they have faced in the pandemic. From more than 170 entries, the jury selected ten semifinalists who were awarded a media promotion so that as many people and small and medium enterprises as possible could hear about their project. After that, at a large-scale online event, six finalists were selected, out of which the jury chose one winner in each category – new idea and existing solution.

Your Pet World, the winning new idea is an intermediary-type portal that would bring together the two connected groups for the first time in the region. On the one hand, the database would include all service providers in five industries – groomers, sitters, boarding kennels, veterinarians, trainers, and on the other hand dog and cat owners who could choose the most cost-effective and transparent services in a location that suits them best.

 

 

 

 

Zanateria, the winning existing solution, is an online platform that brings together all small domestic producers who cannot enter large distribution chains. On Zanateria platform, clothes, shoes, furniture, household items, natural cosmetics, food, drinks, products for children and babies, for pets, as well as books, comics and music editions of small publishers are sold.

Selected semi-finalists and finalists were also awarded by the partners of the competition. Vojvodjanska banka awarded the ReportNest project the MasterCard payment card with the available amount of RSD 200,000 ready to be used, as well as a virtual visit to the OTP Lab, the head office of the OTP Group for Innovation in Budapest, where the awarded team will have the opportunity to get acquainted with OTP Lab programs, present their project and thus potentially cooperate with OTP Group. ICT HUB, the centre for technology entrepreneurship and innovation, awarded the Bizplaner project the free use of coworking space for the entire team for six months, membership in the eHub platform and access to all educational content and maps for the next Corporate Innovation Conference. The TeleGroup company also awarded Zanateria and Your Pet World projects a 50% discount on the consulting service of researching the needs of customers and defining inputs for further development of solutions to the finalists. The Belgrade Open School and the Eneca organization awarded the prize to the Dr Agro, Your Pet World and Stari Zanati projects, which won mentoring and consulting in the field of strategic planning, finance and sources of financing and marketing and sales.

Since the grand finale of the Generator event was organized online for the first time due to the epidemiological situation, OTP banka donated the money intended for the cocktail reception to Cafe Bar 16, which employs young people from the drop in shelter Svratište and provides them with social inclusion.

Please find more information on the Generator website.

About the Generator project:

In order to strengthen the competitiveness of Serbian entrepreneurship, the Generator project was carefully designed and launched in 2017, and it brings together the initiatives and activities that encourage innovative entrepreneurial ventures. In the same year, Generator supported 40 entrepreneurial innovations through financial support, promotion and mentoring. The winner received one million dinars, and almost 800 innovators submitted their ideas. In the following year, 2018, the best student entrepreneurial innovations were awarded, and last year Generator 2.0 was intended for the digital transformation of small and medium enterprises. At the end of 2019, within the Generator project, OTP banka launched the Good Deed Generator initiative, which supports social entrepreneurship.

Together. We move things forward.

#otpbankasrbija #generator2020 #podrška #SME #digitalizacija #inovacije

Metropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Belgrade is Open Again!

Experience the stunning Metropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in the very center of the city. With its park surroundings, exceptional accommodation and impeccable service, Metropol Palace offers you an unforgettable Belgrade experience. This striking hotel first opened in 1957, welcoming throughout its existence the city’s elite, culturally influential people and foreign guests.

Apart from the luxurious accommodation, guests can indulge in a sumptuous dinner, enjoy a drink at noon or a nightcap at the Red Parallel Lounge.

You can host an event or meeting at one of many event halls and ballrooms.

As gem of modern Belgrade, hotel features 236 beautifully designed rooms and suites, unique restaurant with park view, and oasis of tranquility and elegance, a 25m long pool.

Link for more info is below.

 

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Raiffeisen Banka and NF Innova Receive Prestigious “Finovate” Award for “iKeš” Loan

The first true online cash loan in Serbia, “iKeš”, is the winner of the “Best Consumer Lending Platform” award in the international selection of “Finovate Awards”. Raiffeisen banka’s loan product, created in cooperation with company NF Innova, is the first banking solution from Serbia to win an award in this competition of the best global digital and technology innovations.

“This prestigious award confirmed that ‘iKeš’ really is a revolutionary loan product, not just in our local banking market”, stated Petar Jovanović, Deputy Chairman of the Managing Board of Raiffeisen banka, on this occasion. “When we introduced this online loan last year, we were pioneers not just in Serbia and this region, but also in the whole Raiffeisen Group, and this award is proof that, as far as innovations are concerned, we can compete internationally as well”.

“iKeš” is a loan entirely processed and disbursed online and available to all citizens, even to those who are not clients of Raiffeisen banka. At the outset of the Covid-19 virus outbreak, such manner of obtaining a loan gained in significance since it enables the client fast and easy access to financial means without any physical contact. In the course of the preceding months, the bank has been registering a growth of approved “iKeš” loans, as well as a high level of customer satisfaction.

Constant improvements of digital services and introducing state-of-the-art technologies are the main features of the long-term partnership between Raiffeisen banka and company NF Innova.

“It was through our long-standing partnership that Raiffeisen banka positioned itself as an innovator in the market as concerns digital services and by using the NF Innova digital banking platform, the bank has the opportunity to continue innovating internationally and this award proves it”, stated Vasa Šegrt, General Manager of NF Innova. ’’We will continue to improve digital services offered by Raiffeisen banka in our further mutual cooperation“.

“Finovate Awards” gathers global banks, fintech companies, business accelerators and individuals, who compete in 25 different categories. The jury deciding on the winners is made up of leading experts from various industries, managers of large companies, media analytics, founders of fintech companies, etc. This year, they had the tough task of choosing the best in different categories among a record number of solutions submitted.

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Raiffeisen banka a.d. Beograd is a member of Raiffeisen Bank International, one of the largest banking groups in Central and Eastern Europe. It began its business activities in Serbia in 2001 and is now developing its activities in three segments: retail banking, corporate banking and treasury and investment banking. For additional information, please contact the Marketing & PR Department of Raiffeisen banka, phone No. 011/2207-306 or e-mail: marketing@raiffeisenbank.rs.

NF Innova company, member of New Frontier Group, is one of the largest digital banking vendors in Europe. It offers its unique product ‘iBanking’ to visionary financial institutions and guarantees flawless user experience on all digital channels.

For additional information, please contact the Sales & Marketing Department of the company at e-mail: sales@nfinnova.com.

Raiffeisen banka Brings Apple Pay to Visa Cardholders

Belgrade, June 30, 2020 — Raiffeisen banka today brings its customers Apple Pay, a safer, more secure and private way to pay that helps customers avoid handing their payment card to someone else, touching physical buttons or exchanging cash — and uses the power of iPhone to protect every transaction. Customers simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a payment terminal to make a contactless payment. Every Apple Pay purchase is secure because it is authenticated with Face ID, Touch ID, or device passcode, as well as a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Apple Pay is accepted in grocery stores, pharmacies, taxis, restaurants, coffee shops, retail stores, and many more places. Customers can also use Apple Pay on iPhone, iPad, and Mac to make faster and more convenient purchases in apps or on the web in Safari without having to create accounts or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. Apple Pay makes it easier to pay for food and grocery deliveries, online shopping, transportation, and parking, among other things. Apple Pay can also be used to make payments in apps on Apple Watch.

Security and privacy are at the core of Apple Pay. When customers use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted, and securely stored in the Secure Element, an industry-standard, certified chip designed to store the payment information safely on the device. Apple Pay is easy to set up. On iPhone, simply open the Wallet app, tap +, and follow the steps to add Raiffeisen banka’s credit or debit cards. Once a customer adds a card to iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac, they can start using Apple Pay on that device right away. Customers will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by Raiffeisen banka’s Visa cards.

For more information on Apple Pay, visit: https://www.raiffeisenbank.rs/digitalne-usluge/apple-pay/

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Raiffeisen banka a.d. Beograd is a member of Raiffeisen Bank International, one of the leading banking groups in CEE. It began its business activities in Serbia in 2001 and is now developing its activities in three segments: retail banking, corporate banking, treasury and investment banking.

For additional information, please contact the Marketing & PR Department of Raiffeisen banka at phone No. 011/2207-306.

Safety for Our Clients, Our People and Our Communities is One of Our Core Values

KLEEMANN Liftovi stands by its community during the COVID-19 pandemic and has donated 1.000.000 RSD to the Military Medical Centers in Belgrade. This is part of our group strategy worldwide, including the recent donation in Greece of 21 ICU beds to Greek hospitals. KLEEMANN Liftovi wishes to honor the Military Center and its brave medical staff, and support their tireless daily struggle to protect public health in Belgrade. We are stronger, united. #StaySafe

On the occasion of the donation, the General Manager of KLEEMANN Liftovi said: “All of us at KLEEMANN Group believe in supporting the communities in which we operate especially at a time of crisis. As the only company producing lifts in the country we wish to stress that we are committed to Serbia and its people. We are grateful to people of the Serbian health authorities and in particular the Military Medical Centers in Belgrade who are fighting daily on our behalf to keep us safe. This donation is a token of our appreciation.”

SEMIFINALISTS OF THE GENERATOR COMPETITION HAVE BEEN SELECTED

More than 170 participants applied for the OTP banka’s Generator competition, which supports digital projects that help small and medium enterprises overcome the consequences of the crisis caused by the corona virus, out of which ten semifinalists advanced to the next phase. The total prize fund that awaits the winners is two million dinars.

BELGRADE – September 15, 2020 – OTP banka’s Generator Gamechanger competition supports digital projects – websites, applications and other digital platforms – which help and offer new opportunities to small and medium enterprises. More than 170 participants applied for this year’s competition, held for the fourth year in a row, and ten semifinalists advanced to the next stage – those who help companies better present their services and products, provide new sales channels, exchange experiences and ideas or offer other ways of support that companies can use to successfully overcome the consequences of the crisis.

The competition was open to all individuals, informal teams, entrepreneurs and companies that have a new idea that needs support to come to life or an existing solution that needs to be improved. In both categories – a new idea and an existing solution – five semifinalists were selected, who were presented on the Generator website and who are expected to be promoted by the media in order for as many people, potential users of their services, to hear about their project. The semifinalists come from various industries and have applied their knowledge and experience in areas such as fashion, agronomy, business planning, fitness and sports, pets, domestic premium products, crafts, organization of virtual fairs…

In the next phase, six finalists will be selected, three in each category, who will compete for the main prize. At the presentations, the finalists will present their solutions, after which the jury will announce two winners who will win a prize of one million dinars. The semifinalists will also receive special awards from the partners of the competition – Vojvodjanska banka, ICT hub center for the development of technological entrepreneurship and innovation, TeleGroup, Belgrade Open School and the ENECA association.

Through this type of indirect support, OTP banka, together with its partners, continues to contribute to bolstering innovations and domestic entrepreneurship.

Meet the semifinalists of the competition on the Generator website.

About the Generator project:

In order to strengthen the competitiveness of Serbian entrepreneurship, the Generator project was carefully designed and launched in 2017, and it brings together the initiatives and activities that encourage innovative entrepreneurial ventures. In the same year, Generator supported 40 entrepreneurial innovations through financial support, promotion and mentoring. The winner received one million dinars, and almost 800 innovators submitted their ideas. In the following year, 2018, the best student entrepreneurial innovations were awarded, and last year Generator 2.0 was intended for the digital transformation of small and medium enterprises. At the end of 2019, within the Generator project, OTP banka launched the Good Deed Generator initiative, which supports social entrepreneurship.

Together. We move things forward.

#otpbankasrbija #generator2020 #podrška #SME #digitalizacija #inovacije

TWO MILLION DINAR PRIZE FUND FOR DIGITAL PROJECTS

Aware of the challenges we are all facing due to the crisis caused by Covid-19, OTP Bank has launched the 4th Generator contest, with a total prize fund of RSD 2 million, aiming to support the digital projects that can help SMEs survive the crisis period and its aftermath.

BELGRADE – June 12, 2020 – Aware of what challenges small and medium-business in our country faced due to the crisis caused by Covid-19, OTP Bank started the 4th Generator contest, and this year the contest will bear the title Gamechanger. This year’s contest focuses on supporting digital projects – websites, apps and other digital platforms – that help and offer new possibilities to SMEs. For example, to better present their services and products and achieve additional visibility, or to secure new sales channels, to provide a space where satisfied clients can rate and recommend their products and services, exchange experiences and ideas, or to offer some other ways which will be of use to SMEs in successfully overcoming the consequences of the crisis.

Through this type of indirect support, the bank wants to contribute to overcoming the economic consequences of the pandemic and help a large number of small and medium-sized market players, by launching or improving digital platforms which can be of crucial assistance for their business to survive the crisis period and its aftermath.

The contest is open to all individuals, informal teams, entrepreneurs and companies who have a new idea that needs support to materialise or an already existing solution that needs improvement, and applications are open until July 1. The bank will award two RSD 1 million prizes in both categories – New Idea and Existing Solution.

Based on submitted applications, a jury will shortlist 10 semi-finalists, who will receive video material, as well as media promotion and promotion via bank’s channels, so as many people as possible can hear about their solution. Then, six finalists will be selected, who will compete for the main prize. During presentations, finalists will showcase their solutions, after which the jury will declare two winners, who will each win the RSD 1 million prize. Semi-finalists will receive special awards by partners of the contest – Vojvođanska banka and ICT Hub centre for technology entrepreneurship and innovation.

Criteria of the Generator Gamechanger contest, application and additional information can be found at the website www.generator.rs.

Together with its partners, OTP Bank continues to support the strengthening of innovation and domestic entrepreneurship.

About the Generator project:

In order to strengthen the competitiveness of Serbian entrepreneurship, the Generator project was carefully devised and then launched in 2017, gathering all initiatives and activities that foster innovative entrepreneurial endeavours under one umbrella. In the same year, Generator supported 40 entrepreneurial innovations through financial support, promotion and mentorship. The winner received RSD 1 million, and nearly 800 innovators submitted their ideas. The following year, 2018, the rewards went to best entrepreneurial innovations by students, and last year, Generator 2.0 was intended for digital transformation of SMEs. In late 2019, as part of the Generator, OTP Bank launched the Generator of Good Deeds initiative, which supports social entrepreneurship.

You can find more information at www.generator.rs.

#otpbankasrbija #generator2020 #podrška #SME #digitalizacija #inovacije

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