4th consecutive year of the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Awards at UEM
In a ceremony held at the Hub in Madrid, Universidad Europea de Madrid delivered the 4th Youth Social Entrepreneur Awards. Through these awards UEM recognizes the initiatives of young social entrepreneurs, between 18 and 29 years old, who are leading social or environmental projects that are having a positive impact on local communities.
The ceremony was led by journalist Nieves Herrero and was attended by Miguel Carmelo, President of UEM and the Mediterranean Region of Laureate International Universities, and some of those responsible for evaluating and selecting the winning projects like Joel Adriance, Program Manager at the International Youth Foundation and Inés Cuatrecasas, who won the Special Jury Prize at the last Youth Social Entrepreneurship Awards for her project 'Mille Collines'. As highlighted by Miguel Carmelo, "at UEM we are aware that encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit and innovative ideas is vital to bring value to our society and contribute to its progress. Therefore, each year we grant Youth Social Entrepreneur Awards, which recognize the work of ten projects with a social or environmental impact in our country and we are convinced that represent a positive change in local communities. "
As in previous years, the Special Jury Prize was announced during the event. This time it was given to Conchita Galdón for the 'Global Bridge' project (‘Puentes Globales’). With her victory, Conchita will represent Spain in the YouthActionNet® Global Fellowship Program, an annual event where young social entrepreneurs have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other youth leaders from around the world.
This project was selected among the ten other projects, which in turn are part of a carefully chosen selection from the hundreds of projects submitted for consideration since the opening of the competition this year. The selection of the ten best candidates, who have gone through several rounds, has been based on several variables including leadership skills, the degree of project development, sustainability and the results obtained from project.