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UNCuyo awarded leading companies, organizations and academics

The UNCuyo Foundation recognized companies with the “Gustavo Kent” distinction for their innovation and creativity processes.
Business and Enterprises
La UNCUYO premió a empresas, organizaciones y universitarios destacados
30 December, 2019

As is traditional, the Foundation of the National University of Cuyo (FUNC) presented the “Gustavo Kent“awards . To recognize the innovation, creativity, transfer and entrepreneurial impulse of companies and organizations, sustainable products or services, organizations, teachers and researchers, and university students.

This year, the UNCuyo Technology Linkage Unit (UVT) distinguished local initiatives in five categories. Small and large companies, government and civil society organizations, teachers and researchers, student entrepreneurs, and sustainable constructions.

In this context, the rector, Daniel Pizzi, highlighted the initiative to recognize the innovation processes carried out by the economic sectors and provincial NGOs. At the same time, he described as satisfactory the response in the calls from companies and organizations.

In addition, the UNCuyo incumbent highlighted sectors that innovate and work in knowledge creation and those that are linked to production. And in that sense he said: “I challenge them to be an example where we have to go with integration, work, transparency, with how impeccable we are in our relationships, so that together we build a better province and be an example at the national level where we want to go”.

He also commented that for the first time the award is being held outside the scope of UNCuyo. A decision that can be concretized thanks to the support and willingness of Mendoza companies, who understand that these awards seek to “promote innovation from the University”, said the President.

Finally, Smud explained that the nearly 70 applications for the call were evaluated by more than 20 jurors outside the FUNC. Most of them recognized journalists from the Mendoza media.

The award

Companies and organizations Mendoza received a distinction for their trajectory in creative and/or technological innovation. Among the large companies, the first prize went to La Agrícola. The second, for ICSA, Technology, Innovation and Service. The third was received by Energe, Renewable Energy. In addition, a special mention was given to Artrans SA, Transformers . While within small companies the first prize went to EGG SA, the second prize was to Mecanalisis, Vibration Engineering, and the third prize to De Blasi, Agroindustrial Machinery.


Government agencies and non-profit civil society organizations received awards for the transfer in innovation of their processes and tasks. In this category the first place was in the hands of the Municipality of Godoy Cruz, the second for the team of the program Nacer of the Social Work of Public Employees of Mendoza, OSEP, and the third for FONBEC, the Student Scholarship Fund. A special mention was also given to the Sí Mmás Foundation.

Therelationship between teachers and researchers with the society was alsorecognized. Here the winners were: Mario del Pópolo, in the first place, who also received an incentive of 35,000 pesos, Sandra Furfuro, in second, and Federico Berli, in third place.

In the fourth category, which recognized the entrepreneurial capacity of UNCuyo students — who participated in the Emprende U Contest — the first prize went to Pampa Hidroponica, a

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