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Brazil has also chosen the three projects which are going to take part in the grand final
Brazil continues to demonstrate its vast potential in social innovation. All the projects that took part in the semi-finals held in Sao Paulo on 13 June are a perfect example of how entrepreneurship combined with technology at our fingertips can bring about solutions to improve the lives of the people around us.
After receiving mentoring sessions to help prepare their presentations, each of the nine finalists put all of their effort into convincing the judging panel in a very short space of time of the transformative potential of their project and their team's ability to implement the initiative.
The judging panel, comprised of experts in social entrepreneurship and renowned professionals from Fundación MAPFRE and IE, the promoters of this initiative, chose the following projects:
- Neurobots, a finalist in the Health Improvement and digital technology (e-Health) category, has developed an exoskeleton for people with reduced mobility in their upper limbs due to a stroke. This exoskeleton is connected to the person's paralyzed hand and uses brain sensors to help significantly improve their mobility.
- The purpose of Manejebem, a finalist in the Insurance Innovation category is to achieve sustainable rural development. In order to do so they have created a Social Network in which small-scale farmers, generally family groups, can receive remote technical assistance from agriculturalists, biologists and agricultural technicians and can share their experiences with other farmers.
- The Carona a pé project, a finalist in the sustainable mobility and road safety category, is striving to transform the way in which we interact with the city around us. In order to raise awareness in children, their families and the educational community, they are proposing that children walk to school. With this goal in mind, they put children in contact with other children who live nearby and involve parents and schools so that they can accompany the children on their route.
The Brazil finalists and those from the rest of Latin America are now preparing for the grand final and will receive coaching sessions. We will see them all again in October in Madrid where they will be competing to be chosen as winners.
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