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Launch of the second MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Award, Mexico

BBVA Innovation Center

03/06/2013 11:28

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The period for submitting entries runs from February 14 to March 18, 2013. The winners will be able to present their innovative projects at EmTech Mexico this May.

If you are a young Mexican innovator or researcher, aged under 35, you can now enter the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Award, Mexico (previously the TR35 Awards). The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), through the Spanish edition of the MIT.

Technology Review, its publication dedicated to emerging technologies, has invited entries to be submitted between February 14 and March 18, 2013.

The purpose of this competition is to unearth and reward young talent with promising projects involving new technology or creative application of existing technology, that will benefit not just the future of the industry in which they work, but also society in general.

The second MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Award, Mexico, sponsored by BBVA Bancomer, demonstrates the commitment of this prestigious publication to the talent in the region. Gerardo Flores Hinojosa, Director General of Commercial Development and Payment Media for BBVA Bancomer, said "this financial group shares a commitment to people, with innovation, leadership and commitment being the three cornerstones to is corporate mission. We have given substantial support to the small and medium-enterprise section, through governmental and business incubator projects; and we have established a permanent advice and finance program for such projects”.

The director of the Spanish edition of the Review, Pedro Moneo, stated “these awards are the best example of talent and innovative ideas in Mexico”. The MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Award, Mexico, covers all areas of technology: software development, transport, biotechnology, energy, nanotechnology, new materials, etc.

Jury and past winners

The distinguished judging panel features Mexican and international experts with recognized expertise in different areas, as demonstrated by their professional profiles. The names of the 10 winners will be announced in the Spanish edition of the MIT Technology Review, and they will present their projects at an awards ceremony at the MIT EmTech Mexico Conference in May.

MIT Technology Review has been recognizing the work of young innovators for over 15 years, and has established itself as an international benchmark for discovering and supporting young talent. This is amply demonstrated by some of the past winners in the United States, who include Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.

The Review launched an international expansion strategy in 2010 to unearth young talent in their home countries. The international awards were held for the first time last years by the Spanish version of the MIT Technology Review, with huge success in regional versions of the awards in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina and Uruguay.

First edition in Mexico 2012

Young winners of TR35 Mexico 2012.
Young winners of TR35 Mexico 2012.

Mexico already has its first generation of Innovators aged under 35. An award ceremony was held on May 17, 2012, to recognize the talent of young entrepreneurs such as Damar López-Arredondo, founder of StelaGenomics; Javier Lozano, who received an award for his advances in the treatment of diabetes through his Sugar Clinics; and Ana Laborde, founder of BioSolutions.

Being recognized as MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 has given a boost to their careers and helped them with their business projects by incorporating them into an international network of leading contacts, winning them support for the promotion and distribution of their work, both nationally and internationally.