The winners of the 2018 edition of the Entrepreneur X Award were announced, a business plan competition aimed at fostering and entrepreneurial culture among students and young professionals. The event was organized by Santander Río Universities and entrepreneurs received their award last Friday at the WorkCafé in Santander Rio.
The first prize, endowed with 100 thousand pesos, went to the EBERS project of the National University of Córdoba. Ebers is an innovative intelligent template that has all the necessary elements to prevent amputations in people with diabetes. Inside, it has pressure, temperature and humidity sensors capable of monitoring the status and microclimate of the foot. If an anomaly is detected, the user receives an alert to his cell phone so that it can take the necessary precautions. In addition, the doctor can have access to the data, which will be synchronized on the web.
The second prize, which was awarded 75 thousand pesos, went to CLAPCARS of Torcuato Di Tella University, a car rental platform between individuals. And in third place, with an allocation of 50 thousand pesos, was awarded WIAGRO from the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, a remote monitoring system of silo bags, in order to prevent the deterioration of the grains contained in it.
In the thirteen previous editions, the award was called Young Entrepreneurs. In 2018, it changed its name to Entrepreneur X as it began to form part of the global offer of programs that Santander has available, through the Santander X platform, for the global entrepreneurial ecosystem.
In the last thirteen years, more than 3,000 projects from 70 public and private universities throughout the country have participated in the Award. In previous editions, 51 awards were given to young entrepreneurs, for a total of 1.8 million pesos.
These types of initiatives, which encourage entrepreneurship among university students, are part of one of the strategic lines of action of Santander Río Universities in Argentina, which has more than 87 collaboration agreements with public and private universities in the country.
About Santander Rio
Santander Río is the first private bank in the Argentinian financial system in terms of savings (deposits plus common funds) and credit volume. The bank has 468 branches, more than 3.8 million customers (including more than 260,000 SMEs and 1,300 corporate companies), and is present in 22 provinces in the city of Buenos Aires. Santander Río Universities has more than 86 collaboration agreements with Argentina´s public and private universities.
Banco Santander and Santander Universities
Santander has a firm commitment to Higher Education that materializes through Santander Universities, a unique international initiative that distinguishes it from other financial institutions. Santander is the private company that invests the most in support of Education in the world (Varkey/UNESCO-Fortune 500 Report) and maintains, through Santander Universities and Universia, more than 1,200 collaboration agreements with universities and institutions in 21 countries. Since 2002, the entity has allocated more than 1,600 million euros to initiatives and academic programs.