Country: Puerto Rico
Company: PRatian LLC
School: MIT-Skoltech Graduate Program
Axel started PRation LLC as a way to create commercial products in the field of astronautics. PRation’s first product, Hydropearl, will be used to reduce water consumption by irrigation systems and provide a fertilizing solution to grow foods for home applications and industrial farming. Axel hopes that Hydropearl will expand across all markets where water consumption by irrigation systems is a critical factor due to high losses or a lack of water.
School: National University of San Marcos
Growing up in Huancavelica, the poorest region in Peru, Fernando wanted to be an agent of change in education technology to improve the education experience for children in low-income areas. Fernando founded Miguri Corp., a company that develops educational technology for emerging economies with hopes to improve STEM education skills. Miguri Corp.’s main activity is manufacturing construction kits for robotics that can be used for pedagogical purposes in schools or as an educational toy in children’s homes. Fernando risked everything, including his job, to invest his time and money into building Miguri Corp., but his constant motivation is remembering the lack of opportunity he had in school and his desire to create a stronger educational system for students in the future.
School: Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
Giselle’s main driving force is to help close the economic inequality gap experienced in Latin America through technology-based entrepreneurship ventures that have a high social and environmental impact. Her most recent venture, GECO, creates 100% biodegradable bioplastic made from orange waste. This product has the potential to be applied in biomedicine, packaging and agriculture as it is an ecological and versatile material that can replace the plastic pollutants derived from petroleum. Giselle hopes to grow GECO’s impact in the future by increasing the industrial production to satisfy a larger customer base.
Country: Dominican Republic
School: Technological Institute of Santo Domingo
Fernely identifies himself as a social entrepreneur and has created his business, WARA, as an opportunity to help those most in need with a product that will make their lives easier. WARA’s main product is an amphibious vehicle that creates more accessibility for anyone with or without a physical disability in their lower extremities to access the beach and sand independently. In future years, Fernely hopes to expand WARA’s business model and offer products in markets outside of the Dominican Republic.
Country: Costa Rica
School: Yale University
Mariano Miranda launched EDaway with the vision of building the first global application to help thousands of students around the world access better educational and college prep opportunities. Starting his business out of his dorm, Miranda worked with low-income students to help them apply to college, with a 100% success rate. Now, EDaway plans to enhance global connectivity in education through the development of digital platforms that assist students applying to college through mentorship and standardized application processes. He attributes much of his success to hard work and the desire to bring opportunities he never had to the youth of today.