More than 800 university startups from six countries have been candidates to participate in this international award of Banco Santander, in which only the 36 best ones have been selected.
KronoSafe, Agriicola and Deploy Tech are the winners of the Launch category. Háblalo, MEDU and Darwin are the winners of the Accelerate category. They are linked to the medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural and civil engineering sectors.
Their award includes prizes totalling €60,000, training in entrepreneurship and, in the case of Accelerate category winners, access to the global entrepreneurship community Santander X 100, which brings together the most outstanding startups and scaleups with the greatest potential in Santander X.
Madrid, 10th February 2022.
Banco Santander has announced the 6 winners of the , an international university entrepreneurship competition developed by Santander Universities with the aim of promoting innovation in universities.
More than 800 university startups participating in the local Santander X awards from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Mexico and the United Kingdom were candidates for this international award. Only the 36 most innovative startups have been able to compete for this award representing their countries and universities.
The award, which amounts to €60,000 in cash, is divided into two categories: Launch, for entrepreneurial projects in the preparation phase of their go-to-market strategy, 20,000 euros (10,000 for the first prize and 5,000 for the second and third prizes). And the other category; Accelerate, for high-impact technology start-ups in their acceleration and sustainable growth phases, 40,000 euros: 20,000 euros for first place and 10,000 euros for second and third place.
In the Launch Category, the first prize of €10,000 goes to Spanish project KronoSafe, from Miguel Hernández University (Elche, Valencia, Spain), an initiative that seeks to increase the safety and efficacy of Temporary Stimulation, avoiding unnecessary ICU admissions. The second prize goes to Mexican project Agriicola, from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, for their system that employs management, satellite monitoring and artificial intelligence to reduce disease and the environmental footprint caused by agriculture. The third prize goes to the United Kingdom's Deploy Tech, from Imperial College London, a project featuring a water tank designed to increase access to water in hard-to-reach places. The second and third prizes are valued at €10,000 each.
Paul Mendieta, CEO of the UK's Deploy project, says: "As we go through university we become more aware of the challenges and issues that the world has to face. That's why programmes like the Santander X Global Challenge are critical, because they are giving not only support but visibility to how students see those challenges and how they are going to address them".
In addition, the three winners selected will receive a scholarship to attend a training programme tailored to the startup phase, in order to get their businesses ready for market entry.
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