Award Winners
2021: Carlos Peralta Quintero
Project: Unidad Educativa Ernesto Peralta Q., A.C

Currently the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Grupo IUSA, Ernesto Peralta began his early career in 1968 as a machine tools apprentice in a mechanical workshop. Eight years later he designed, developed and implemented the Computerized Express Sales System at IUSA.

In 1989 he created and launched the company IUSACELL, and five years later he listed the firm on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Mexican Stock Exchange.

Born on December 6, 1951, in Mexico City, he currently serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tigres de Quintana Roo, a professional baseball team founded by his father, Alejo Peralta y Díaz Ceballos (R.I.P.)

2020: Clara Lau
Project: Liver health campaign.

The youngest of four sister, Clara Lau was born in the bosom of a Jewish family on July 19, 1953, in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

In 1986, she founded non-profit Center for Maternal and Child Research of the GEN Group in Tláhuac, a delegation of Mexico City, whose objective is to contribute to the prevention of birth defects by improving perinatal and maternity health care in our country.

In 1992, Clara, in her words, “embarked on the adventure” of launching her own laboratory devoted to offering high-quality clinical analyses. The laboratory known as Biomédica de Referencia is installed in small rented house on Montes Urales Street # 786 in Lomas de Chapultepec.

In 2008, the Institute for the Promotion of Total Quality (IFCT) of the Economy Secretariat appointed Clara Lau, ambassador of the Mexico Competitivity Movement for Small and Medium Enterprises, and as of 2011, Lau has sat on its Institute’s Technical Council. This distinction was granted in recognition of her successful career in the dissemination and exercise of the National Model of Total Quality.

In October, 2010, while serving on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Liver Health, (FundHepa), she received an award recognizing her commitment to the prevention of liver disease in our country.

2021: Gabriela Leon
Project: Eviter

INDUSTRIAL BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEER trained in UAM, Co-founder and General Director of Gresmex S.A de C.V. and Inmolecule International UK.

• At the forefront of research and development of a new nanotechnological active ingredient in the Nbelyax world

• Guest researcher at the Biological and Health Sciences Division of UAM-Iztapalapa from 2020 to date.

PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS: 100+ patents and 7 trademarks registered in 60+ countries worldwide.


• Member of the Standardization Committee in the field of nanotechnology since 2010.

• Member of the DWEN Network: Dell Women Entrepreneur. Turkey 2013, Austin, Tx., 2014.

• Member since November, 2013, of the High-Level Dialogue for Regulatory Cooperation (DEAN) between Mexico and the United States.

• Special guest to private meeting with IMF Director Dr. Christine Lagarde.

• International, July, 2014.

• Member of the WE Connect International Network, October, 2014.

• Member of the SEP STEM Mentoring Network since 2017.

2020: Mark Achar
Project: “I am incorruptible” campaign

Mexican businessman and general director of the digital site VisitMexico, Achar served as general manager of PPG-Comex and vice president of Architectural Coatings.

2021: Genaro Hurtado
Project: Mexico Can

I am happily married to my wonderful, loving and supportive wife of 22 years. We have three wonderful children; and (what can I say?) I’m a serial entrepreneur.

I am an entrepreneur, focused on talent, technology and education.

Brivé (technology of talent company)

In 2000, while studying for an MBA,  I founded Brivé, a company with SAAS Software.

Brivé specializes in Human Resources solutions and staff talent development using AI technology.

This approach helps our clients optimal their business potential by identifying talent they need for their enterprises.  Brivé operates in Latin America and provides services to more than 6,000 companies.

Me gusta (education)

In the educational field, I am a shareholder of, a K-12 school with a new educational model that allows children to learn by doing. The school currently has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, and was awarded the “National Education Award” in 2018.

Angel Investors

I am also part of a venture capital fund (Angel Ventures) focused on supporting the growth of technology-based companies in Latin America. Since 2011, we have invested in 19 companies, two of which have become unicorns.

Mexico Puede

The pandemic challenged the world.

When the pandemic started, I clearly remember it was at Easter time in 2020.

I was wondering how I could put my talent and experience to work to help small and medium-sized businesses face coming challenges.

So, I created Mexico Puede, a free digital program for all companies and entrepreneurs.

México Puede has benefited more than 458,000 people, broadcasting more than 300 events and, most importantly, helped many business get through of the pandemic intact.

2020: Jonatan Hernández Díaz
Project: Dertek

A graduate of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Jonatan Hernández Díaz is an Industrial Chemical Engineer. He holds certification as an Entrepreneurial Engineer from both the National Polytechnical Institute and the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon.

He was a member of the IPN academic excellence program and recipient of a TELMEX foundation high performance scholarship. He helped develop a sustainable biofuel production model, which has been awarded an international patent, and national and international awards. He began his biofuels research six years ago while working at DuPont and Pemex. Today he is a founding partner of Ricinomex, a biofuels company that exploits castor bean (ricinus communis), while producing employment opportunities in rural Mexico.

Member of the IPN academic excellence program

• TELMEX Foundation High Performance Scholar

• Development a patented process for the production of biodiesel. Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI)

• Active member of the Mexican Bioenergy Network

• Received 3rd. place in the 2011 Technological Innovation Awards of the Institute of Science and Technology of Mexico City – IPN

• 1st place in the Santander Award for Business Innovation

• 1st place in Babson College Summer Course Rocket Pitch competition

• 3rd place in the 3rd Entrepreneur Day contest

• Presentation of bioenergy topics in PEMEX

• Finalist in the contest “From idea to action” organized by the Ibero-American Network of Business Incubators (Red Emprendia)

• 1st place in the Mexico 2013 CleanTech Challenge

• Awarded funding form the Government of Mexico City to develop biofuel process pilot plant.

• 1st place in the Ibero-American High Impact Award 2014

• National Entrepreneur Award 2016

2021: Alexis Ortega / Marco Sandoval
Project: ION Ag +
2020: Ing. José Emiliano Iturriaga Tovar
Proyect: Rutopía

Passionate about travel and nature, Emiliano holds an engineering degree from Monterrey Institute of Technology with specialization in the field of sustainable development and social innovation. He has participated in social development and environmental management programs in Kenya, Uganda, Colombia, Morocco and Italy.  He is a member of the International Development Innovation Network of MIT and is co-founder and CEO of Rutopia, a sustainable tourism social enterprise boasting six international awards, including the Hult Prize, the world’s most prestigious social entrepreneurship prize, awarded by former US President Bill Clinton at the United Nations. Rutopia was also recognized by UNWTO as one of the two best rural tourism start-ups in the world. In 2022, the company received the World Summit Award for most innovative approach to conservation of nature and culture.

Today, Rutopia generates more than $150K USD per month for its hosts and suppliers throughout Mexico, and last year the company enjoyed growth of 13% per month.

2021: Francesco Piazzesi
Project: Échale

Francesco Piazzesi grew up in Mexico where he learned his deep passion for building communities for the poorest of the poor through homeownership.

Piazzesi founded Adobe Home Aid in 1985, a nonprofit that teaches communities how to make durable building materials from 90% natural soil. After writing his doctoral thesis titled “Microfinance Mortgages for Sustainable Housing”; he came to understand that community building and homeownership require additional components, such as social capital, financial education, and credit instruments. In 1997, Piazzesi transformed the non-profit Adobe Home Aid into a social business called Échale a Tu Casa, which has since benefitted 180,000 families. The program has received the Katerva World Housing Award and acknowledgments from the Clinton Global Initiative and the Schwab Foundation.   Piazzesi has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2010.

2020: Ing. Iván Trillo
Project: DOW
2021: Renata Raya / Juan Sotres
Project: Tricycle

Renata Raya majored in Communication at the Universidad Iberoamericana and specialized in advertising with a semester at LCC London College of Communications. She began her career writing ad copy at HAVAS Vale, a traditional advertising agency, where she worked on accounts as diverse as Audiand Reckitt Benckiser (Lysol, Sico, Vanish), writing commercials for both TV and radio. She was creative grouper at Likeable Media in Mexico, an agency specialized in content for social networks and digital marketing campaigns, heading up accounts such as Samsung and Bayer. Becoming thoroughly familiarized with the world of digital advertising, she decided her future was there, leading her in 2015 to co-found Triciclo, an agency specialized in e-commerce and digital marketing. The company has worked with a wide variety of startups and major Mexican brands, and the platform hosts more than 400 online stores.

Juan Sotres studied Electronic Engineering at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) and holds master’s degree in Digital Marketing from the FUNDESEM Business School in Spain.  He served as CEO of Likeable Media Mexico; a New York-based agency specialized in Digital Marketing. He is co-founder of Triciclo, a digital agency specialized in e-commerce, and the Shopify platform, which currently hosts 600 online stores that generate sales of 1,500+ million pesos. He was named one of the 30 promising entrepreneurs by Forbes in 2020 and won the innovation award conferred by Israel-Latin American Network (ILAN).

2020: Mercedes Castañeda
Project: Reinserta

Co-founder of Reinserta, A.C., Mercedes Reseinserta holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Universidad Iberoamericana, with specialized studies in the field of Child and Adolescent Psycho-Trauma at several national and international institutions.

She worked in the Attorney General’s Office and in the Social Prosecutor’s Office for Attention to Victims of Crime, specializing in matters of NNyA crime victims.

She is the Winner of the Best Social Project at the Nobel Prize Summit in Mérida

2021: Benjamín Laniado
Project: CADENA A.C.

Secretary General of CADENA mundial. Philosopher, activist, altruist and tireless entrepreneur. He is a professor and founder of the Master Degree Program in Leadership for International Humanitarian Action at UH. As an advocate for humanitarian aid, he has received numerous awards and honors from governments, international agencies and countries around the world. He is a promoter of UNDRR as part of the “Resilient Cities in Mexico” campaign and Trusted Member of the Start Network in London. He was also served on the Mexican Delegation to the Summit in Sendai, Japan (2015), as well as to the Humanitarian Aid Summit in Istanbul (2016). Over the past 15 years he has implemented his knowledge and led numerous humanitarian aid missions to victims of natural disasters and conflicts around the world.