These are the winning projects from the first Fundación MAPFRE Awards for Social Innovation

Mjn Neuroserveis, Comunidad 4uno and Scoobic won the award in order to take their projects one step further

These are the winning projects from the first Fundación MAPFRE Awards for Social Innovation These are the winning projects from the first Fundación MAPFRE Awards for Social Innovation play

Only those with big questions, big concerns and big dreams can come up with big ideas. These are the big ideas that can improve our world” declared Helena Diez Fuentes, the master of ceremonies for the first edition of our awards ceremony.

Three projects have been named as the champions of this race in which Social Innovation has been the ultimate protagonist. The ability of these projects to transform and improve the lives of those around them has not been the only factor up for consideration. The judging panel, comprising directors, stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem and social investors, evaluated the innovative potential and the social impact, the scalability and viability of the projects, as well as the abilities and experience of the team. Because viability is one of the key ways to change the world.

This ceremony, held in the Fundación Giner de los Ríos auditorium in Madrid, highlighted the high quality of the finalist projects thanks to their innovative contributions to solving certain social problems that require groundbreaking solutions. In order to reach the final, all of these projets have had to compete with around 500 projects and win their respective regional semifinals, held in Sao Paolo (for the Brazil Region) Mexico City (for the rest of Latin America) and in Madrid for the European projects. The 9 startup finalists have demonstrated their transformative potential, their important social impact and their commitment to improving the world in the areas of health, mobility and insurance as a risk-protection industry.

The three projects chosen fulfilled the expectations of these awards many times over. In the words of Conchita Galdón, director of Social Innovation at IE, " the three winners are perfect examples of the society we want to help to build with these awards, a society in which technology and innovation are at the service of those who need it most”.

The awards, given out by Ana Lima, Secretary of State for Social Services, and Antonio Huertas, Chairman of Fundación MAPFRE, went to the following projects.

Scoobic (Spain)

Scoobic (Spain) Scoobic (Spain)

Category: Mobility and road safety

“This vehicle is the missing link between a motorcycle and a van. And not only that, it also saves lives”

Mjn Neuroserveis (Spain)

Mjn Neuroserveis (Spain) Mjn Neuroserveis (Spain)

Category: Improvements in health and digital technology (e-Health)

“With this project we will remove fear from the lives of people with epilepsy”

Comunidad 4uno (Mexico)

Comunidad 4uno (Mexico) Comunidad 4uno (Mexico)

Category: Innovation in insurance

“Financial inclusion is essential for getting people out of poverty”

The winners in each category have received aprize of 30,000 euros in order to give their projects the boost they need.

The remaining finalists have received a diploma given to them by Conchita Galdón, director of Social Innovation at IE and Mercedes Sanz, Director of the Fundación MAPFRE Awards for Social Innovation.

The ceremony was brought to a close by Ana Lima and thus ends the first edition of the Fundación MAPFRE Awards for Social Innovation. In the words of the Secretary of State for Social Services, these awards are of such a high value given that “it is time for dialogue and the search for collaborative solutions”.

And it is also the right moment to focus on the second edition of these awards. In the words of Antonio Huertas: “Today we have met the three winners but behind this there have been 500 innovative projects committed to society. These awards have found a way to promote talent together with a commitment to society.  The success of this call strengthens our commitment to launching a second edition of these awards focusing on social causes in the following weeks”.