A Latin woman won Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Daniela Blanco, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NYU, is the Global Champion of the contest.

In the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) event, fifty-two students from all over the world competed for the title of World Champion, where the Venezuelan Daniela Blanco was the winner.

The contest brought together entrepreneurial students who are owners, founders, or principal shareholders of a business. The 52 participants competed first locally to represent their country in the world final.

After two days of competitions, the Ph.D. student Daniela Blanco was crowned Global Champion. Daniela received $ 75,000 worth of promotional credits from Amazon to help her grow her business.

Daniela is a student in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Engineering at NYU Tandon. Also, she is the founder of Sunthetics, a startup with the mission of making the chemical industry more sustainable. Her company developed a method to manufacture nylon with sunlight, dispensing with the use of oil in the process. Sunthetics solar-powered reactor uses 50% less energy than other more conventional methods, which helps reduce carbon emissions by 20%.

The contest is part of an AWS initiative to support the growth of startups among students. Entrepreneurs interested in being part of the program can register from the AWS Activate website.

AWS Activate works with thousands of startups around the globe and is an ally of several incubators and accelerators. Between the most successful startups that have been in the program are Airbnb, Uber, and Vice.