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Prizes include trips to Chile and China!

Lima, June 20th, 2019.- The applications of the First Award focused exclusively on Social Entrepreneurs with a positive impact on Peruvian Andes, Perumin Inspira, are opened! The Institute of Mining Engineers of Peru (IIMP), the International Potato Center (CIP) and Kunan, Peruvian Social Entrepreneurship Platform, have come together to strengthen the role of the Extractive Industry as a strengthening player of social enterprises in the rural areas of the country, and start building the first database of social enterprises with an impact on high Andean areas. The objective? Start linking them with the Extractive Industry for the search for alliances focused on meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Award has two categories: 1) Innovative Ideas and 2) Active Social Entrepreneurships. To apply, your initiative or prototype must contribute to at least one of the following four United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 2 Zero Hunger, SDG 3 Health and Wellness, SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation, and SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth.

The Technical Evaluation Committee, formed by representatives of the United Nations, Ministries, Incubators and Researchers of different specialties, will select 5 finalists per category, who will be invited to the Mining Convention in Arequipa during the month of September. They will go through a process of preparation for the final presentation before a jury and participants of PERUMIN.

The winners of the different categories will receive technical support from NESsT, and the opportunity to travel to Santiago de Chile for a workshop with AGORA Partnerships, Accelerator based in the United States. In addition, the International Potato Center will give a special award to social entrepreneurship that uses native potatoes as part of its business model and impact. The winner will be invited to the world's largest international horticulture event, which has been held in Beijing, China since the beginning of May 2019!

We invite all entrepreneurs who are building a Sustainable Andes to apply at For more information contact


*About the Institute of Mining Engineers, the International Potato Center and Kunan:

The Institute of Mining Engineers of Peru - IIMP is a private non-profit association founded in 1943, whose objective is to articulate efforts with private and public organizations to contribute to the generation of spaces for dialogue where actions are proposed that allow long-awaited sustainable development of the country.

The International Potato Center (CIP) was founded in 1971 as a development research agency focused on potato, sweet potato and Andean roots and tubers. It offers innovative scientific solutions to improve access to nutritious and affordable food, promote sustainable and inclusive growth of businesses and employment, and boost climate resilience of root and tuber processed food systems.

Kunan is the boosting platform for the ecosystem of social and environmental entrepreneurship in Peru, and the social and environmental entrepreneurship unit of Peru 2021. It has a network of more than 150 social and environmental enterprises known as the Kunan Network and maintains four axes of action focused on the revitalization and strengthening of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem, including four editions of the annual “Kunan Challenge” award.

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