The award is now in its tenth year and recognises entrepreneurs and students that develop high-impact proposals and projects regarding sustainable development, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. This award offers funding, specialised workshops, and networking moments.
Martha Herrera, corporate social responsibility director at building materials giant CEMEX and director for the CEMEX-Tecnologico de Monterrey Center for Sustainable Communities, commented: “This year, we celebrate ten years of the CEMEX-Tec Award, and we are also ten years away from achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Through this award, we continue to recognise and collaborate with agents of change who are also working towards the same goals of the 2030 Agenda."
The CEMEX-Tec Award is divided into four categories with global scope: Transforming Communities, aimed at undergraduate and graduate students with proposals for the sustainable transformation of a community; Social Entrepreneurs, aimed at entrepreneurs with projects that solve a social problems and encourage a systemic change, with the potential of becoming a social business; Communitarian Entrepreneurship, aimed at organisations, foundations, cooperatives or civil associations with productive projects of social transformation, and; Collaborative Action, aimed at organizations with social impact projects implemented through multisectoral partnerships.
To participate, the teams should sign up and upload their projects on the web page of the CEMEX-Tec Center (www.cdcs.com.mx), indicating the appropriate category for their proposals. The deadline to submit projects is May 31, 2020.
For the 2020 call, the CEMEX-Tec Award organisers say they have sought to generate alliances with the most important actors in the ecosystem of entrepreneurship and social innovation in Mexico and the world. Ashoka, MassChallenge, MakeSense, Unreasonable Mexico, ImpactHub and Disruptivo TV, Socialab, New Ventures and Unboxed, are some of the allies with whom the Award is joining efforts to generate greater impact.
During its nine-year history, the CEMEX-Tec Award has featured more than 7,500 people and 3,765 projects from 74 countries, of which 65 winning projects have been Mexican and 63 international. These projects have benefited more than 22,500 people in Mexico and the world.