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Students from CETYS Tijuana won in the Prototype Category at the Santander Award for Business Innovation 2019.

Christian Íñiguez Figueroa, a graduate from the Renewable Energy Engineering (IER) program, and Fernando Cortez Chávez, a student of Electronic Cybernetics Engineering (ICE), both from CETYS University have positioned Baja California by placing first in the Santander Award for Business Innovation 2019 contest, with their RS-WC

A total of 2,643 teams of engineers from public and private universities competed in this event. The project secured first place in the Prototype category, which includes a prize of 500 thousand pesos and exposure to prototype improvement programs at Top 100 universities in Asia, Chile, and the United States.

Twenty finalists presented a pitch before a jury composed of 30 entrepreneurship specialists, as well as representatives of business incubators and entrepreneurship from departments from the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions in the country. The RS-WC project (Renewable and Sustainable WC) is a renewable and sustainable 4-stage shower-toilet mechanism for saving and optimal use of water, as well as for power generation and storage. This system takes advantage of the water flow to generate electricity and is treated after passing through the shower drain before being stored. This treated water is used later for sanitary discharges.

“It’s a great satisfaction for our team after all the hard work that started a year ago. We had the opportunity to participate in Tijuana Verde and at the Tge Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge, where although we were finalists, we failed to win. This is why this award is a great motivator and a recognition of our effort, surely the beginning of great opportunities for RS-WC” said Fernando Cortez, a Cybernetics Engineering student.

“This is a privilege that will help us to further developing our prototype. Now we will be able to invest more to produce a more robust version of our model. It is highly rewarding to see the first positive outcomes of our effort and dedication. This contest solidifies our objectives, and hopefully, we will get more funding for our prototype and will see our dream come true: To solve an important problem for society” said Christian Íñiguez, who represented the CETYS’ student team at the awards ceremony.

During the awards ceremony, the President of the Santander’s Mexico Council, Marcos Martínez Gavica, highlighted the importance of encouraging young people as a source of
innovation. Martínez reaffirmed the Bank’s commitment towards higher education for the benefit of university students from all over the country, as demonstrated by working
agreements with more than 800 public and private universities. On behalf of the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Luisa María Alcalde Luján, head of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS), recognized Santander for supporting the entrepreneurial skills of the new generations of young innovators and contributing to
establishing the basis for a stronger business ecosystem in Mexico.

The Santander Award for Business Innovation is an initiative of Banco Santander backed by the National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education (ANUIES), as well as the Higher Education Institutions that work hand in hand with Santander Universities and Universia, programs that highlight the bank’s social responsibility program.

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