We talked with part of the jury that participated in the election of the winners of Emprende el Viaje, and some of the winners of the call, who shared their impressions about the final phase of this call for social innovation.
After a day of evaluation, where 13 finalist projects presented their initiatives to the jury of Emprende el Viaje, seven teams were selected to be part supported by the Fundación Colunga Innovators Fund, an organization that will give them up to 25 million pesos to implement their initiatives .
Verónica Monroy, Social Worker and graduate of Master in Social Ethics and Human Development, dThe community component of the winning initiatives was identified, which he defined as "projects with a relevant community orientation, where the people to whom the initiative is destined, are finally transformed into protagonists of the solution".
Matías Rojas, Director of Operations of Socialab, commented how difficult it was to choose between so many projects with potential, "especially because each initiative, each undertaking, is born of the passion, of the restlessness of some people to change the reality that they or others live" . The evaluator concluded that "all the initiatives have a giant development space to be able to generate social impact".
On the other hand, Inti Nuñez, Manager of Entrepreneurship CORFO, stressed that "to get together and see the quality of the foundations, the ideas we have to resolve social issues, is encouraging, my congratulations to the teams and Colunga."
"For Colunga Foundation, the priority was travel, having been able to deliver tools and learnings to innovators, and that a community between them was created. We feel that they are all winners and we hope that they continue participating in the Colunga Network, "he said. Esperanza Cueto, President of the Foundation.
The jury was also made up of Juan José Cueto (Colunga Foundation); Teresa Matus (University of Chile); Ana María Raad (Fundación Chile); Arturo Celedón (América Solidaria Internacional); Cesar Mariñez (University of Chile) and Maricarmen Torres (Corfo)
"We learned so many things that since our project has improved, and now with the fund will be incredible, we are very grateful. The beneficiaries of this project are the children of Cerro Merced de Valparaíso this fund goes for them, to make them happier, Macarena highlights the project Merced Playroom of the V Region.
"We are very satisfied with this whole process, which has meant fixing the project, seeing allies and creating something better. It is a feeling of great joy and satisfaction to have this support, to be able to make this proposal to our children in Arica and Parinacota. " Tanya highlighted the project Because I fell in love with you: Patrimonial Learning for Andean children and adults of Arica.
"We leave very happy and also very grateful for the space that Colunga gave us, a space where not only the project changed but also we as social entrepreneurs," said Amanda of the initiative.There is no Project " of the Metropolitan Region.
The other winners were Free School "Children's Society" of the MRI; Abyssal Art for people with disabilities of the V Region; Promoting a cultural change from the classroom of the MRI and Deal done neighbor: Domestic Pegas of the RM
Recall that the Call for the Social Investment Fund of Colunga, Undertake Travel, had 229 proposals submitted to the web platform, of which 30 were selected that participated in the 6 days of intensive learning workshops, during the months of October and November of 2016.
After the workshops, and after a process of mentoring and selection, there were 13 initiatives that had the opportunity to present their proposals to the final evaluation table, which was composed by a jury, which had the difficult task of choosing the 7 winning projects, which will be supported by the Colunga Foundation in the implementation of its initiatives during 2017.
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