University Students Stand to Win up to 5,000 EUR for Original Essays

Penta Investments launches already the 6th 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 6th year of Vision 2025, an already well-established competition of essays organised 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. Promoting education, supporting talent and creativity in young people has always been a traditional pillar of our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)," said Jaroslav Haščák, Managing Partner of Penta Investments.

Three categories were announced for this year:

1. CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR 2025. How will the consumer behaviour in Central Europe develop?

2. ROLE OF THE STATE 2025. How will the role of the state in V4 countries change as a result of the financial crisis?

3. PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT 2025. Real property development of the future.

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 2009. The jury will announce the results no later than by the end of September 2009. Additional information, including the Charter of the Competition, is available from www.pentainvestments.com

A total of 309 essays, of which 49 were awarded, enrolled for the five previous years of Vision 2025. During the five years, Penta paid out almost EUR 40,000 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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