Because of the celebrations for Independence Day on Thursday, all participants were allowed to start an hour later on the next and final day of GESS. Until lunch the teams worked hard on their final presentations. Some asked for final feedback from the coaches, others were already rehearsing their presentations. Slowly but surely everyone was getting nervous and excited.
Pizza was served for lunch and the teams took a short break from finalizing their presentations and practicing. At around 3.30 pm all participants were asked to get ready for the final pitches. We cleaned up the venue, in which we worked for the last seven days, and walked to the great conference room of campus Santa Fe.
The juges including Daniel Moska Arreola, the director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship Eugenio Garza Lagüera at Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Jennifer Mann from SAP. They had 5 min after the presentations for questions.
After listening to seven presentations and asking some tough questions the judges headed to an isolated room and discussed for quite some time. In the meanwhile the GESS Mexico City participants got a little bit emotional. Everyone said what he or she gained from participating in this summer school. The Mexican participants thanked everyone and everyone thanked them for their hospitality and their kindness.
Finally the winners of GESS Mexico City were pronounced: “re-work”. The team of Diego, Judith, Sarah, Tariq, and Ana-Marija developed a concept to train refugees who are waiting for a work permit. SMEs, in particular micro business who lack resources to employ more people, cooperate with re-work to offer trained refugees an internship or other work that does not require comprehensive qualification.
The winner team was awarded with an invitation to INC MTY, the biggest entrepreneurship and innovation festival in Central America in November 2016. Afterwards a reception was held for the participants and the guest serving delicious Mexican food and sangria.
Congrats to the winning team and to all other teams who successfully completed the first GESS in Mexico City 2016.