Santander X Global Award

The best university entrepreneurship.

International competition where the participating teams are supported by Banco Santander & partners to help university entrepreneurs along the early stages of their entrepreneurial journey.

We want you to be part of their adventure

Participants

Who are the participants?

University entrepreneurs from 5 participating countries compete in 2 categories to become one of the 100 participants that will be supported with world-class resources.

5 countries

  • Argentina

    Argentina

  • Brazil

    Brazil

  • Chile

    Chile

  • Spain

    Spain

  • Mexico

    Mexico

2 categories

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    Startup

    New early stage emerging ventures.

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    Scaleup

    High-impact projects looking to accelerate their growth.

Process

How do we choose the winners?

We support talented university entrepreneurs to successfully boost their ideas

  • 500candidate teams

    round completed

    Nominated by the top entrepreneurship programs in their countries.

    Candidates
  • 100participating teams

    round completed

    Pitch to a jury of leading experts in innovation, investment and entrepreneurship to make it to the top 11 finalist.

    Go to TOP 100 TEAMS
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      Mentoring

      Entrepreneurs/Participants will receive specialized training, support and personalized advice from experts in innovation and entrepreneurship.

      • Mentoring + Startups matchmaking
      • Mentoring sessions
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      Exposure

      The top 100 startups will be published through Santander X media partners giving entrepreneurs international exposure.

  • 11finalists

    8th of October
    online event

    The top 11 teams will be invited to present their solutions in front of a jury of investment and entrepreneurship global leaders with an audience of angel investors, VCs, mentors, and other successful entrepreneurs that will enrich their network.

  • 2winners

    8th of October
    online event

    All the participating teams will get global exposure, meet potential clients, be mentored by professionals and other. The winning teams will also receive the following cash prizes:

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      USD 50,000

      for the winning Startup

    • Scaleup Icon

      USD 150,000

      for winning Scaleup

THE JURY

Current Jury Members

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Katherine Mendez

Senior Principal & Managing Director, MASS Design Group

Timothy George

Principal, A&G Management Consulting

Christine Reese

Founding Director, Ernst & Young

Abbie Long

Creative Director and Founding Partner, Sapient

Gerald Howell

Founder & Director, Faber Futures

More than a prize

It's not just a competition, it's a life-changing experience

Media Roadshow

Meet potencial clients

Fundraising roadshow with investors

Concierge from Banco Santander

Mentoring and training programs

Honorable mentions

USD +200,000 in prizes

TOP EXPERTS

The Interviews

Interview

Dustin Stevenson

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Interview

Mille Woods

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Interview

Scott Snyder

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Interview

Ola Singleton

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Interview

Michelle Obama

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Top Experts

Do you want to help us boost the best university entrepreneurs?

More than 200 top organizations are already part of our global community of university entrepreneurs. You can be part of our local jury, mentor our 100 finalists or evaluate the next potential unicorns.

Join us!
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    Evaluators

    Select the top 100 projects on the Santander X platform.

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    Mentors

    Advise entrepreneurs by giving them sessions to support them with their startups and to help them prepare the best pitch possible.

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    Local jury

    Decide the top 11 finalists from the participating teams.

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About Santander X

What is Santander X?

Santander X is the global university entrepreneurship community of Banco Santander

The promotion and support of university entrepreneurship has been one of the main objectives of support for young people for Banco Santander for many years, as a key factor to contribute to the development of society and the progress of people and businesses. A collaborative network in which we give international visibility to entrepreneurship projects of university students from all over the world in an open and completely digital environment.

The objective of Santander X is to support university entrepreneurs throughout the early stages of their entrepreneurial journey connecting them to world-class resources.

Banco Santander is the only European bank in the 2018 'Change the World' ranking of businesses that are helping to make the world a better place (Fortune magazine). Our firm commitment to higher education also distinguished us as the company that invests the most in education worldwide (Varkey Report/UNESCO/Fortune 500) and we´ve allocated more than EUR 1,700 million to academic initiatives since 2002.