September 27th, 2019
The CEMEX-Tec Award announced the winners of its 9th edition, which received around 1,500 entries from 67 countries, doubling the number of projects registered from the previous year. On this occasion, 33 projects by entrepreneurs and innovators seeking to generate high impact in their communities around the world were awarded.
The CEMEX-Tec Award was launched globally in 2018, and in addition to the categories of Transforming Communities and Social Entrepreneurs, two new ones were presented this year: Community Entrepreneurship and Collaborative Action.
There were two first places in the Transforming Communities category, one from Mexico and one from Argentina, which received USD $25,000 each for implementation; while in the Social Entrepreneurs category, 15 projects received training and the first three received USD $10,000 as seed capital. Likewise, for the Community Entrepreneurship category, the best 10 projects were recognized, of which three received USD $10,000 as seed capital; and finally, in the Collaborative Action category, 3 Mexican and 3 international teams were selected, who received training and recognition in the award ceremony.
It should be noted that all finalist teams were announced in the digital book of the call and the winners traveled to the city of Monterrey, Mexico, to participate in the Experience Week, where they received specialized training, activities outside the classroom to learn more about the local ecosystem, a pitch night, mentoring and networking spaces with allies such as: Ashoka, MassChallenge, MakeSense, Unreasonable Mexico, Impact HUB, Cirklo, Unboxed, Disruptivo TV and Sirolli Institute.
The 2019 CEMEX-Tec Award received projects from a total of 67 countries, with Mexico standing out with 672 projects from 87 universities. In addition, 101 universities from 67 countries were registered, with Colombia and the Dominican Republic being the countries with the highest number of entries. For the first time, projects were received from countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Congo, Croatia, Cuba, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Greece, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Morocco, and Mozambique.
"We are very proud that since its creation in 2011, the CEMEX-Tec Award has reiterated its global commitment to building a better future by promoting proposals and projects with a high impact on sustainable development through innovation and social entrepreneurship, positively impacting more than 22,500 people," said Martha Herrera, Corporate Director of Social Responsibility for CEMEX and the CEMEX-Tec Center for Sustainable Community Development.
"David Garza, rector of Tecnológico de Monterrey University, said, "Congratulations to all the participants for inspiring us with their actions. Our recognition of CEMEX's commitment to sustainability."
The award ceremony for the 9th edition of the Prize was held at ForoMty, a citizens' summit that has become a meeting and collaboration space for community transformation in Monterrey, Mexico.
Among the novelties for the 2020 edition, the CEMEX-Tec Center for Sustainable Community Development and the Award will strengthen the CEMEX-TEC community through its network of strategic allies, as well as through its web platform, to continue supporting high-impact projects that promote not only the economic growth and social commitment of communities, but also the preservation of natural resources around the world.