Penta announces 8th year of Vision 2025 essay competition

Penta Foundation launches new year of VISION 2025 Essay Competition. Students of Czech, Slovak and Polish institutions of higher education may compete for attractive prize money - up to EUR 5,000 - in the 8th year of Vision 2025, an already well-established competition of essays organized by Penta.

The competition strives to motivate students to think about the development and changes of selected areas in the future. The essay tourney does not recognize the students' academic performance - it merits creativity, originality, researching and processing information and the consistency of content.

"Student essays are an important source of ideas and inspiration for us which we use in our business. Last year for the first time Czech and Slovak students were joined by their Polish counterparts and they were very successful. We hope this year it will not be an exception," said Jaroslav Haščák, Managing Partner of Penta Investments.

Three categories were announced for this year:

1. Banking 2025

What do you, as the client, currently miss about banking services? How should banking services and products progress in 2025? What should the contact between bank and client look like?

2. Healthcare system 2025

Why is there a lack of money in the healthcare system? Where can we see the biggest scope for making the healthcare system more efficient? Will the healthcare system in 2025 function more efficiently?

3. Public vs. private interest

Will of the people vs. developer and infrastructure projects. Who should deal with the conflict between the private interest of investors and the interest of the affected public (cities, municipalities, communities, citizens) and how?

The jury is composed of representatives of Penta Investments. The authors of the best works will be recognized as follows:

Winner: EUR 5,000
1st runner-up: EUR 3,000
2nd runner-up: EUR 1,000

The deadline for submission of works has been set for 31 August 2011. The jury will announce the results no later than by the end of September 2011. Additional information, including the Charter of the Competition, is available from www.pentainvestments.com in the Social Responsibility section, and also on www.facebook.com/Vision2025.

A total of more than 490 essays, of which 60 were awarded, enrolled for the seven previous years of Vision 2025. During the years, Penta paid out almost EUR 67,000 in prizes.

About Penta

Penta is a Central European investment group established in 1994. It operates mainly in healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, retail, media and real estate development. Its portfolio companies provide jobs to more than 41,000 people and reported assets of EUR 9 billion in 2017. Penta operates in more than 10 European countries and has offices in Prague, Bratislava and Warsaw.

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