University of Cambridge to evaluate Spanish entrepreneurs

The University of Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) is delighted to announce that it has been invited to join a newly created Evaluation Commission for the national Spanish entrepreneur competition - EmprendedorXXI Awards.

Now in its eighth year, this prestigious competition was set up by “la Caixa” bank, through its venture capital division Caixa Capital Risc, in collaboration with the Spanish Government as part of a drive to foster entrepreneurship and promote the creation of new businesses in the country. Entrepreneurs can win cash prizes amounting to €400,000 as well as training internships and networking in some of the most important innovation centres worldwide: Cambridge (United Kingdom), Tel Aviv (Israel), Silicon Valley and New York (United States). The winning entrepreneurs are selected from their related regions on the basis of the innovativeness and growth potential of their enterprise ideas. To date, the EmprendedorXXI Awards have recognised and rewarded 175 business projects from more than 3,000 participating companies.

The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) has been involved in the competition for seven years as winners are offered places on our Ignite programme each summer as part of a package of prizes and incentives. Ignite is an annual, open programme for aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to trial and prepare technology innovations for the commercial environment. Participants benefit from tailored support from mentors and experts, the global perspective of an international cohort and immersion in the sophisticated Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Yupar Myint, Ignite Programme Director, said, “It is a great honour to represent the University and be even more closely involved with the EmprendedorXXI Awards. More than 130Spanish individuals have already participated in our Ignite programme with great success. Our alumni include Eduard Diviu, founder of Sagetis Biotech; Raul Lopez Martin, founder of Prebia Feed Extracts SL; David Sanchez-Hernandez, founder of EMITE; Jordi Ber, founder of Habitissimo; Jesus Juarez, founder of Symborg; Emilio Cuerva Gonzalez, founder of Skylife Engineering; Andres Escudero, founder of D2D; Ricardo Jara Acevedo, founder of Immunostep biotechnology; and Govert Dijkstra, founder of Forest Chemical Group.”

The Commission is comprised of representatives from Caixa Capital Risc, CfEL/University of Cambridge and the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. The Centre will be involved in the selection of six to eight regional companies for the state phase of the competition, gathering feedback and views from mentors and panellists to develop a shortlist. It is planned that up to twenty places on Ignite 2014 are to be sponsored by EmprendedorXXI.

Applications are currently open for the 2014 Ignite programme running from 6th to 11th July in Cambridge. If you have any questions about Ignite, please contact the team by email at or visit the web page at

Contact: Katharine Price, Marketing & Communications Manager, CfEL
Tel: 01223 766900

About the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL)

The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) at Cambridge Judge Business School aims to spread the spirit of enterprise to both the University of Cambridge community and to wider national and international audiences through the creation and delivery of a range of educational activities that inspire and build skills in the practise of Entrepreneurship. One of CfEL's key teaching values is that the best people to teach entrepreneurs are entrepreneurs. This philosophy has led to the Centre collaborating with a network of over 300 experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and other practitioners to provide relevant, credible and practical training.

The Centre has developed an enviable track record in the field of entrepreneurship education with a number of flagship programmes designed to provide skills for students, graduates, researchers and aspiring entrepreneurs from different backgrounds and at different stages of the entrepreneurial journey. These programmes are Enterprise Tuesday, ETECH Projects, Ignite, Enterprisers and the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship.

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About EmprendedorXXI Award

The EmprendedorXXI Awards are an initiative promoted and organised by “la Caixa” via Caixa Capital Risc, co-awarded by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism through ENISA, whose objective is to identify, award and support innovative and recently created companies with the greatest potential for growth in Spain.

In these seven editions…

  • More than 3,100 applications have been received
  • More than 180 companies have been awarded and supported
  • We have more than 120 organising and collaborating partners

Moreover, this initiative aims to create a powerful entrepreneurial ecosystem that integrates the various agents and partners: entrepreneurs, companies, venture capital firms, universities, innovation centres, incubators and accelerators, business associations, public bodies, etc.


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