Social entrepreneurship competitions are platforms that can give a leg up to entrepreneurs with a business idea and the hunger to grow. Of the competitions taking place in the upcoming months, there are some that are internationally renowned, standing out thanks to the prestige they have accrued over the years.
11 Oct 2019
They attend school, help their families, work, take care of their elders… Girls are an active part of society, but most are discriminated against due to their gender, and this inequality puts them at a disadvantage. October 11 has been marked as the International Day of the Girl to remind us all that, to build a better future, it is essential to support the development of girls and young women across the globe.
08 Oct 2019
She dreams big because she’s not afraid to fail; because failure is not part of her equation. She says this with the authority of someone who’s endured a rough childhood and has a role model to look up to. Yamile Salazar is the daughter of a woman who decided to bring her to this world despite hardship, with the only certainty that she would be able to provide for her. And those past efforts are starting to pay off: Yamile’s life undeniably proves that everything is possible, because she’s built a future out of nothing. Today, 90 people, mostly women, work for her and thousands of young women dream to wear some of her “Angels and Princesses” designs, creations of the clothing universe that embodies Yamile’s passion.
07 Oct 2019
The Houston Dynamo and BBVA USA have announced MoodMe as the winner of its annual Launchpad Sweepstakes contest, giving the Houston-area startup $10,000 to enhance its operation.
04 Oct 2019
BBVA, in partnership with South Summit, has launched a request for proposals to solve two major challenges of the financial sector: improving digital onboarding processes and digital banking services for SMEs.
Social entrepreneurship is known for addressing society’s most pressing problems. The migratory crisis is one of them, forcing millions of people to go to countries where they face an uncertain future. Social enterprises are working hard to support them, offer them the opportunities they need and portray a different – unprejudiced – image of refugees.
03 Oct 2019
Vita Inclinata Technologies has been named the winner of BBVA’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Contest in Denver, winning $10,000 towards enhancing their operations. The company is focused on delivering the first agnostic, autonomous suspended load stability system for both earth and space applications.
02 Oct 2019
“You cannot walk the path of innovation alone,” said David Puente, Global Head of Client Solutions at BBVA, during the opening speech of South Summit event in Madrid. Puente also emphasized that BBVA’s commitment to entrepreneurs is one of the key elements of the bank’s strategy to advance its digital transformation.
As sustainable fashion moves closer to the mainstream, it is starting to be recognized as an efficient way of curbing the impact of one of the planet’s most polluting industries. The industry’s social enterprises cool eco-friendly designs are winning the hearts and pockets of consumers.
27 Sep 2019
Group-dynamic games are techniques used to improve coordination levels within a team, as well as to build its members’ problem solving and decision making skills.
26 Sep 2019
25 Sep 2019
Cledara, which is innovating the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) space with a ground-breaking subscription model, has signed on as the first of what is expected to be dozens of new ventures under the program.
20 Sep 2019
34 years old man with a college degree and a master’s. He has spent time working as an employee yet always wanted to create his own business – and he has established more than one startup. This is the profile of a Spanish entrepreneur described in the new study by South Summit, which will hold its next event on October 2nd – October 4th, with BBVA’s support.
19 Sep 2019
More than 750 applicants from in excess of 90 countries applied to the world’s biggest fintech competition this year.
18 Sep 2019
Now that the school year is about to begin, it’s a great time to catch up on the most relevant events for entrepreneurs coming up for the remainder of the year. All these events aim to spread knowledge, catch on the latest developments in the industry, do some networking, and explore new ways to innovate and grow. These are some of the most noteworthy.
13 Sep 2019
BBVA is working with the investment firm Anthemis on a new model to create startups. The focus of their efforts is on developing an ecosystem of talent, ideas and knowledge where new fintech business models can flourish, with the potential to transform the financial industry.
Jim Newell, unlike most of the US population, has had what some may call his fifteen minutes of fame. It came as a drummer in a renowned KISS tribute band Larger Than Life – makeup and costumes and all.
09 Sep 2019
BBVA Momentum, the BBVA program that supports social entrepreneurship, is entering its second half. September kicks-off with new training sessions for the selected social enterprises from participating countries: Colombia, the United States, Mexico, and Turkey. In a short couple of months, the most ambitious round of BBVA Momentum to date – with a record-breaking 169 participating social enterprises – will draw to a close.
05 Sep 2019
‘Design thinking’ is a methodology that develops creativity and promotes innovation to solve problems and meet people’s needs in a viable way. Its influence has reached social enterprises who use it to improve their results and increase their impact.
29 Aug 2019
BBVA USA and Birmingham Legion FC have announced Conserv as the winner of the 2019 Launchpad contest, awarding the tech startup $2,500, among other prizes.
22 Aug 2019
For the fourth consecutive year, the Houston Dynamo and BBVA in the USA rolled out their annual small business contest on August 20, beginning a new chapter in their focus to foster entrepreneurship in the Houston area.
12 Aug 2019
August 12 is International Youth Day, a day designated by the United Nations General Assembly to remember, among other facts, that 24 million young people do not got to school, and one in ten live in zones suffering from armed conflict. Education is the key to ensuring these generations have opportunities in the future.
08 Aug 2019
01 Aug 2019
Small businesses have enough on their plate – two-thirds of small businesses fail within their first ten years of existence – when starting their operations. With everything that needs to be done to ensure a solid business plan, who has time to execute a seemingly trivial social media strategy?
30 Jul 2019
The number of finalists in this year’s edition of BBVA Momentum, BBVA’s social entrepreneurship support program, has grown exponentially to 169 enterprises from Colombia, United States, Mexico and Turkey. All these enterprises compose a mosaic that perfectly reflects the social and environmental concerns of global society.
16 Jul 2019
BBVA USA is taking its small business-focused initiative to the Rocky Mountains, announcing today the beginning of its Entrepreneurial Opportunity Contest in the Denver area.
- Contest: The initiative with The Business Journals was first held in four markets in the first part of the year.
- Criteria: Businesses with innovative services, products, or business model submit their entry for a chance to be selected as finalists and pitch to a panel of judges.
- Prize: The winning business will be awarded $10,000 and an opportunity to compete for $50,000 at the final event in Phoenix against previous winners in other markets.
01 Jul 2019
There are just a few days left for those designing the future of banking to get their applications in for the 2019 edition of the world´s biggest fintech competition.
17 Jun 2019
BBVA has selected 19 social entrepreneurs from across the U.S. to participate in its BBVA Momentum accelerator program, designed to help participants enhance their operations to impact the lives of more people.
BBVA Momentum, BBVA’s social entrepreneurship support program, announced the final list of companies that will participate in the 2019 program. The enthusiasm and ambition to surpass previous years’ numbers prevailed during the selection phase, as the final participant numbers attest.
12 Jun 2019
In collaboration with Impact Hub Istanbul, the 10 social entrepreneurs will participate in online and classroom-based learning that will contribute to their business growth plans, and strategic mentoring-support and networking activities that include other entrepreneurs, customers and investors.
07 Jun 2019
03 Jun 2019
Almost a year ago, BBVA USA launched the ground-breaking BBVA Compass RealTime ARP™ and BBVA Compass RealTime Positive Pay™ products – digital solutions that would change the landscape of U.S. treasury management.
28 May 2019
23 May 2019
Artist Lita Cabellut, an Air Force commander, a player of the national rugby team, a gas fitter and businesswoman, a science degree undergraduate and a truck driver and entrepreneur served by BBVA Microfinance Foundation have shared how, from their own experiences, an opportunity can change people’s lives. The Queen has chaired the roundtable, where the current Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, BBVA group executive chairman Carlos Torres Vila and BBVAMF CEO Javier M. Flores have also participated.
16 May 2019
14 May 2019
The two Spanish companies have met with a selected group of Europe’s most promising startups and scaleups at an event promoted by the European Innovation Council (EIC) of the European Commission. 18 disruptive top-class innovators from 13 countries, including Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway were able to explain their proposals to the Open Innovation teams of both companies
09 May 2019
Entrepreneurship held an important place in BBVA’s 2016-2018 Community Investment Plan. The Group’s programs especially target entrepreneurs who are in vulnerable circumstances and those whose projects will have a positive impact on society or the environment.
08 May 2019
07 May 2019
Last week, BBVA Compass announced its annual Small Business Month, which includes special offers for small business clients, seminars and contests designed to help entrepreneurs elevate their operations.
01 May 2019
BBVA Compass is kicking off its annual Small Business Month, its own expanded version of National Small Business Week.
25 Apr 2019
BBVA Group Executive Chairman Carlos Torres Vila was responsible for welcoming participants to the 87th edition of the Endeavor’s ‘International Selection Panel’, which is currently taking place in Madrid. Entrepreneurs have a really important role: they can drive the society creating wealth and jobs, increasing competitiveness and fostering better use of resources,” said Torres Vila.
17 Apr 2019
Garanti Bank once again hosted women entrepreneurs from a range of different sectors for a meeting in Samsun. Organized in collaboration with the Women’s Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGİDER), the purpose of the 2019 Women Entrepreneurs Meeting is to help open new markets and provide women entrepreneurs the knowledge they need to further develop their businesses. The meeting in Samsun was the first of a series of similar events planned for cities around the country.
12 Apr 2019
BBVA Group executive chairman outlined the importance of the shared ecosystem to building the future of financial services at the Propel Venture Partners annual summit, an event for fintech CEOs celebrated this week in San Francisco, California.
11 Apr 2019
BBVA Momentum 2019 is the first social entrepreneurship program run by a financial institution in Turkey. Those interested in participating can apply from April 8th through May 6th.
25 Mar 2019
Two young friends on a surfing trip to Bali, shocked by the heaps of plastic they found washed up on the beach, returned to the United States with an entrepreneurial vision to clean the ocean. Their company, 4Ocean, promises to remove one pound of trash from oceans and coastlines with the sale of every one of its $20 bracelets, which are made from recycled plastic and glass bottles. In roughly two years, the venture, which now employs more than 150 people around the planet, reports that it has recovered over 4 million pounds of trash.
18 Mar 2019
Garanti Bank has launched a new series of training seminars for entrepreneurs. The Garanti Partners Meetup series supports Turkey’s ecosystem of entrepreneurs by providing master classes on relevant topics.
13 Mar 2019
According to the World Economic Forum, 65 percent of children who enroll in primary school today will have jobs that don’t currently exist. This is why on January 25, twenty large corporations announced their commitment to team up through 2022 with the goal of helping young people develop the skills that will make them more employable. BBVA is among the companies that have signed up to this cause, committing to reach 500,000 young people with its various training programs. The initiative is the Global Alliance for YOUth. Lidia del Pozo, BBVA’s Director of Community Investment Programs, delves into some of the key aspects of this initiative.
07 Mar 2019