• Proposals were received from 67 countries.
• The category of Social Entrepreneurs received more than 750 entries.
• More than 200 universities from all over the world participate.
The CEMEX-Tec Award was launched globally last year, and in addition to the categories of Transforming Communities and Social Entrepreneurs , this time two new categories were launched: Community Entrepreneurship and Collaborative Action. The category of Social Entrepreneurs was the one that received the highest number of registrations, having 757 projects; followed by the category Transforming Communities with 335; Community Entrepreneurship with 291 and Collaborative Action with 110 projects.
This year, projects from all states of Mexico were registered, with a total of 672 from 87 universities. In addition, 101 universities from 67 countries registered for the award, with Colombia and the Dominican Republic being the countries with the largest number of enrollments. For its part, there was a large participation of European countries, such as Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, among others.
Although the CEMEX-TEC Award is focused on recognizing projects of high social impact, the environment was the most recurrent theme of the projects received, followed by economic development, education and social development. It should be noted that all the postulated projects are linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals; the most mentioned are objective 8 "Decent Work and Economic Growth", 10 "Reduction of Inequalities", 11 "Sustainable Cities and Communities", 3 "Health and Wellbeing" and 12 "Responsible Production and Consumption".
For the 2019 edition, the winning projects will not only receive training and seed capital, but will also participate in the CEMEX Tec Experience Week Award that will take place from September 23 to 27 in Monterrey, Mexico; where they will receive specialized training, activities outside the classroom to learn more about the local ecosystem, a pitch night, mentoring and relationship spaces with allies such as: Ashoka, MassChallenge, MakeSense, Unreasonable Mexico, Impact HUB and Sirillo Institute.
"It is very satisfying to see that the global call gives us the opportunity to promote and connect social innovation in more than 67 countries under the precept of shared value. For us it is essential to contribute in the efforts to face the great global challenges always starting from a local perspective, because every business needs a prosperous environment to grow and develop ", said Martha Herrera, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility of CEMEX and Director of the Center CEMEX-Tecnológico de Monterrey for Sustainable Development.
The CEMEX-Tec Award reiterates its global commitment to building a better future, by promoting and promoting proposals and high-impact projects in the field of sustainable development through innovation and social entrepreneurship.
Notes to Editors:
CEMEX is a global manufacturer of building materials and the biggest Mexican investor in the UK, with 3,000 people employed across 450 sites nationwide. In this country, we are a leading provider of aggregates, cement, ready-mixed concrete and rail sleepers with annual sales of around £1 billion.
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