According to the National Institute of Statistics and Data Processing (INEI), the Peruvian Andes has over 8 million inhabitants, which represents 1 out of 4 inhabitants in our country. Nonetheless, this region also has the greatest number of Peruvians living in poverty. On the other side, social innovation is introduced as a tool capable of promoting businesses that can contribute to solve this and other challenges in the region.
In this context, the initiative of ‘PERUMIN Inspires’ was conceived as the first award to exclusively recognize social entrepreneurships with a positive impact in the Peruvian Andes. This contest is organized by the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMP,) the International Potato Center (CIP) and Kunan, and encourages the participation of Innovative Ideas and Active Social Entrepreneurships linked to the areas of the region influenced by the mining industry.
Participants can apply until July 26th by submitting their projects on https://www.perumin.com/perumin34/perumin-inspira
One essential requirement for the application is that they have to comply with at least 1 out of 4 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 2 Zero Hunger, SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being, SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation, and SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Counseling and approach to the industry
PERUMIN Inspires will receive project applications that represent an improvement on the industries’ current value chains and on the diversification of available products on the market. Thus, the three institutions involved will contribute their experience to the recognition and promote the most promising initiatives in order to choose the winners.
Currently, there are examples that evidence how successful initiatives of this kind can be and some of them have been promoted by the International Potato Center. Vodka 14 Inkas, a national product made of native potatoes, is one of them. The CIP collaborated and counseled very closely its production prior to the product’s release to the market. The institution has also provided education on the cultivation and selection of potatoes to create various mass-consumption products, such as potato chips.
Exhibition platforms for the finalists and winners
Finalists will be invited to present their initiatives at PERUMIN, mining convention that will take place in Arequipa from September 16th to September 20th, and the winners in different categories will receive technical support from NESsT and the opportunity to travel to Santiago (Chile) for a workshop with AGORA Partnerships, a United States-based Accelerator.
Also, the International Potato Center (CIP) will grant a special award to the social entrepreneurship that uses native potatoes as part of its business and impact model. The winner will be invited to the world's largest international horticulture event, which has been held in Beijing, China since the beginning of April of this year until October 7th.
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