UNAB Students Recognized as Best Innovative Social Entrepreneurs in the Americas

Álvaro Carrasco and Robinson Salinas, alumni from Universidad Andrés Bello, represented Chile in the Talent in Innovation Competition of the Americas, which took place in Paraguay. They were the only Chileans participating in the competition, which included more than two thousand projects from 24 countries. 

With their anti-bullying platform, Youvo, Carrasco and Salinas were recognized as the best innovative social entrepreneurs in the Americas. The selection committee included senior leaders from the OAS, PepsiCo and other international firms.

The award ceremony was hosted by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza; the Minister of International Affairs, Eladio Loizaga; the founder and president of the Board of the Young Americas Business trust, Roy Thomasson; and Javier Whittingslow, representing PepsiCo beverages.

The coordinator of entrepreneurship and innovation from Universidad Andrés Bello, Nicolás Contreras, said, “we are proud to have contributed to this achievement, seeing how this project was born and now can contribute to our society.”

After receiving the award, the Youvo team is scheduled to visit Washington D.C. as guests of the OAS to deliver a speech to the Education Commission. They will also conduct a series of visits throughout Latin America.

There are two sub-categories in the talent and innovation category: social innovation and economic innovation. This category evaluates business and social projects that show creativity and new ideas in their proposal or strategy.

Youvo provides schools with a direct channel to communicate in real time with their students. The primary goal of the channel is to provide a way for the entire community to connect with their school. It allows students to report poor behavior through smartphones, tablets and the internet. All communications on the channel are fully confidential and the hope is that this will help reduce school bullying.