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JUL 13, 2012

IE Business School and Siemens announce winner of Women Entrepreneurs in Europe ‘12

Laura Saralegui is the winner of the Women Entrepreneurs in Europe ’12 competition organized by Siemens España and IE Business School, as announced this morning.

Saralegui, a student at Madrid’s Polytechnic University, has invented a new method of treating water that uses ultrafiltration technology to eliminate waste from cosmetic treatments that have a high pollution potential for water in urban areas. The main advantage of the system includes the fact that it does not use chemical substances in the treatment process, and it is currently undergoing tests conducted by the cosmetic industry.

Laura Saralegui, will receive a 100% scholarship to do IE Business School’s International Management during the 2012-2013 academic year that will enable her to make her business idea a reality.

In addition to the first prize, the judges panel has awarded second and third prizes to Sandra Montes, from Universidad Europea de Madrid, and Chlóe Dasse, from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Douai and Audencia Ecole de Management, respectively. Both received a 50% scholarship to do the same Master program at IE Business School.

Sandra Montes, from Universidad Europea de Madrid presented a system for the recycling and treatment of used tyres that will permit a significant drop in the environmental impact of what are currently highly pollutive processes.

Chlóe Dasse, from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Douai and Audencia Ecole de Management, proposed a rice planting system that is far more efficient than those currently used in the sector, enabled by new technologies to ensure success and keep costs down.

All members of the judges panel underscored the quality of the entries and candidates’ enthusiasm to develop their ideas.  Rosa García, President of Siemens España, noted that “the range of technical content and level of entrepreneurial spirit was extraordinary and something that we have to continue to foster. These women are showing us that the future looks very bright despite the current economic situation.”

The judges were also very pleased to see that all the finalist projects were environment-based. “This shows that our young people are concerned about sustainable development, one of our key areas of work.”

Juan José Güemes,  Executive Vice President of IE Business School, was very happy with the response to the call for entries, and believes that business education will play a pivotal role in the career of these young entrepreneurs.

The overriding objective of Women Entrepreneurs in Europe ’12 is to promote business initiative among young European women with technical degrees and to develop entrepreneurial skills in fields like energy, electronics or engineering.  The idea is based on the belief that scientific cooperation and innovation can serve as a springboard for economic growth in Europe. The conditions for taking part in the competition were that entrants must be women, European residents and have done a technical degree not longer than 5 years ago, or be about the complete one. They must also be highly motivated and show initiative to implement a good business idea related directly to technology.

The judges panel comprised major players from the corporate and academic world, including senior directors from Siemens:

  • Rosa Garcia. Presidente. Siemens SA
  • Maria Cortina. Director of Corporate Communication and Institutional Relations, Siemens SA
  • Eugenio Soria. Director of Human Resources. Siemens SA
  • Jose Javier Conde. Director of Talent Acquisition & Development Southwest Europe. Siemens SA
  • Irene Herranz. Programme Manager, Wayra Europa. (Business accelerator in the Telefónica group)
  • Juan José Güemes. Executive Vice President. IE Business School
  • Patricia Gabaldon. Professor. IE Business School

The judges panel selected the business idea they considered to be the most innovative and with the greatest potential.