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The UC3M promotes innovation amongst its students with the Emprende Awards 2019


Through its Social Council, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has announced the winning projects of their 2019 Emprende Awards. The objective of these awards is to promote the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University and they are awarded for Undergraduate Dissertations (TFG, its Spanish acronym) and Master’s Dissertations (TFM, its Spanish acronym) undertaken by its students. Additionally, in this new edition, the link between the projects and the Sustainable Development Objectives will be borne in mind and the interdisciplinary character thereof will be positively valued.

By means of this initiative, which has the collaboration of the Entrepreneur’s Club, the UC3M’s Social Council awards 20,000 Euros for each prize category, destined exclusively to finance entrepreneurship related training activities. The winners will also receive specialised mentoring for the development of their entrepreneurial initiative on behalf of the University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation support Service (SEI, its Spanish acronym).

TFM Emprende Awards 2019

The TFM Emprende Awards distinguish the Master’s Dissertations undertaken during the academic year 2018/19 by university master’s students at the UC3M, that constitute business ideas that stand out for their excellence and viability.

The first TFM Emprende Award, provided with 12,000 Euros, went to “Barrelotopia”, a business proposition by Ana Otero, from the Master’s course in Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing at the UC3M, the objective of which is to develop and commercialise sustainable cosmetic products linked to a lifestyle involved with the environment. 

The second prize, supplied with 8,000 Euros, was received by the entrepreneurial initiative “Reliby” developed by Jorge Carlos Frías, a student of the Master’s course in Informatics Engineering, which uses augmented reality so that the end clients can try glasses on virtually and thereby reduce online returns. The objective is for brands to produce a lower demand, promoting new ways of sustainable consumption and production.

TFG Emprende Awards 2019

The TFG Emprende Awards distinguish students that have undertaken innovative undergraduate dissertations that have received an outstanding mark in the UC3M’s TFG-EMPRENDE programme during the academic year 2018/19.

The first TFG Emprende Award, supplied with 15,000 Euros, was given to the BeSolidary! project, a business proposition created by the students Paula Pascual (Sociology) and Carlos Olivares (Computer Science Engineering and Business Administration), the objective of which is to promote supportive action amongst citizens. To do so, they have created a computer application and implemented an algorithm of automatic learning which analyses different profiles of people that undertake supportive actions and recommend personalised content to them.

The second prize, supplied with 5,000 Euros, was awarded to MOOD, a platform presented by Paula García, a student of Film, Television and Media Studies, which aims to connect the collective group of professional musicians with the catering sector with the goal of increasing the options of live music in the venues and to improve the customer experience. This project intends to develop an innovative solution based on sensory marketing.

For more information:
UC3M Social Council Emprende Awards website