The Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM) held its third annual Young Social Entrepreneurs Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Established through a collaborative effort by the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, Universidad Europea de Madrid and the International Youth Foundation, UEM Young Social Entrepreneurs Awards is a YouthActionNet® program that seeks to identify, recognize and support accomplished social entrepreneurs, ages 18–29, throughout Spain. Ten Spanish youths were honored at the event this year, which was held at The Hub, a meeting and work space for social innovators in downtown Madrid.
Nieves Herrero, a prominent Spanish journalist and UEM graduate and professor, was master of ceremonies. Miguel Carmelo, president of the Universidad Europea de Madrid and of Laureate International Universities for the Mediterranean Region, spoke about the program’s importance for UEM and the other Laureate institutions where it operates—Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey), Universidad del Valle de México, and Universidade Anhembi Morumbi (Brazil).
Inés Cuatrecasas, a founding partner of a clothing and accessory firm that creates and exports clothes made in Rwanda, received the Special Jury Award. In her remarks, Cuatrecasas said the training and awards program gave her a sense of belonging to a larger movement of youth-led social change.
For more information on UEM's Young Social Entrepreneurs Awards, visit www.premios.uem.es. For more information on Social Responsibility at Laureate, visit www.laureate.net/SocialResponsibility.