Would you like to take part in the 15th edition of the Explorer initiative and take your entrepreneurship to the next level?

The call is now open so be sure to submit your entry. 

Most entrepreneurs use their project to steer a path in life. In each edition, “Explorer – Young People with Solutions” helps to get more than 1,000 projects off the ground.

As a further show of our commitment to entrepreneurship, we have just launched the 15th edition of Explorer, an event promoted by Santander Universities and coordinated by the Santander Entrepreneurship International Centre – CISE. Entries can now be submitted via the Santander X platform. In the previous edition, EXPLORER received 1,000 ideas, with women accounting for 43.1% of the entries, exceeding the average of previous editions (around 30%). 

Santander’s continuing support for university entrepreneurship has been relentless since day one: more than 8,000 projects from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Mexico and Portugal have received support over the past 11 years. In addition, this latest edition will feature recent additions from the United Kingdom and Uruguay.

Thus, online training and international expansion remain very much a winning combination in a model that is constantly evolving without ever losing sight of its objectives: the selected employees work on their projects – more than 1,000 in each edition – for 12 weeks and do some major networking with a global community of entrepreneurs. By relying on collaborative learning and using learning-by-doing techniques, the entrepreneurs connect with their future, get ready to earn the financial independence they desire and internalise the skills and tools needed to transform their idea into a viable solution. One that also addresses some of the problems targeted by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations for 2030.

In addition, the teams pursuing the most outstanding projects will be able to enjoy an Explorer Trip, a week of immersion alongside hundreds of fellow entrepreneurs at a renowned European innovation hub. But this is not what is most on the minds of programme participants, who say that the most important thing is being able to turn their ideas into a reality. And that comes straight from the horse’s mouth. 

Ellas Artes: empowerment for women in creative industries

Grecia Pérez (Mexico, National Autonomous University of Mexico), director and founder of Ellas Artes, had many plans to help achieve the empowerment of women in the creative industries. Explorer allowed her to focus her project: Grecia plotted out a strategy and identified those points that could be the most valuable for users of her platform. The community created via the programme and the learning system are the embodiments of an idea that makes a genuine contribution to gender equality.

Before Explorer came along, I never thought it would be possible for an online programme to transform and motivate me. It turned out it was possible. Explorer is a truly unique programme, as it treats young people as agents of change

Grecia Pérez, director and founder of Ellas Artes

Testimonial by Grecia Pérez, director and founder of Ellas Artes, following her Explorer experience.

Soluçao Carioca, the perfect beach chair

A lightweight, foldable beach chair with space to store everything you need for a day by the sea: that is the project of Guilherme Balthar (Brazil, Explorer Brazil), who not only saw his time at Explorer as an opportunity to put his idea into practice, but also explains how this experience has changed his life.

I’ve been able to learn a lot [...] and to try things out. It has also been a period of huge growth and personal development for me, all provided by Explorer

Guilherme Balthar, creator of Soluçao Carioca

Testimonial by Guiherme Balthar, creator of Soluçao Carioca, following his Explorer experience.

Tu embrióloga (Your embryologist), breaking taboos on assisted reproduction

The brainchild of Sara Lucas (Spain, Cantabria Space), offering consultancy, part of which is free, Tuembriologa.com was created to provide information on a relatively unknown subject. The biology graduate, with a master’s degree in assisted human reproduction, realized that there are many taboos and very little information on the medical processes involved in undergoing these treatments. To help those going through them, Sara decided to offer support and personalized guidance.

I received an email and decided to sign up for this programme, for which I am extremely grateful, because [...] it allowed me to monetize my idea

Sara Lucas, creator of Tu embrióloga

Testimonial by Sara Lucas, creator of Tu embrióloga.

Banco Santander and its support for higher education

Banco Santander, leader in responsible banking, is strongly committed to progress and inclusive and sustainable growth. For more than 25 years, it has been relying on Santander Universities to deliver on its pioneering and consolidated pledge to education, entrepreneurship and employment, which distinguishes it from other financial institutions in the world. Since the launch of Santander Universities, the bank has deployed more than €2.1illion and has supported more than 790,000 students, professionals and entrepreneurial projects through agreements with nearly 1,000 universities and institutions across 15 countries.

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