UNAM and Tec de Monterrey create a consortium to advertise entrepreneurship in Mexico

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Through this collaboration, the two study houses also want to support research and technology transfer in the state.

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August 19, 2021 4 min read

This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors can occur because of this process.

Enrique Graue Wiechers, Rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); and David Garza Salazar, Rector and Executive President of Tecnológico de Monterrey, chaired the ceremony for the renewal of the cooperation agreement and the establishment of the UNAM-TEC consortium for research, technology transfer and entrepreneurship to strengthen the country’s scientific and technological ecosystem.

The consortium, which was taken into account in the renewal of the framework cooperation agreement signed by both institutions in May 2016, was created to solve the main social and business challenges. In addition, this alliance generates strategies for investing in the maturation of influential technological developments and their various outlets in communities.

Enrique Graue Wiechers, Rector of UNAM and David Garza Salazar, Rector of Tecnológico de Monterrey / Photo: Courtesy ITESM

Thanks to this new number, these universities will strengthen their links and create a synergy at the highest level between the research teams and the students of the two study houses. This, in turn, will enable the creation of new and better working models and advances in science and technology-related issues for society through collaborative work and the integration of university binomials from the UNAM-TEC communities.

“Let’s stop talking about the triple propeller models – no doubt necessary – let’s put in the jet fuel and turn on the jet drive. Mexico can’t wait to theorize more and that is why we are here with representatives from FEMSA and CEMEX, groups of companies of great importance which, along with all the innovative private initiatives, will be the main catalysts for the success of this project, ”said Rector Enrique Graue Wiechers.

For his part, David Garza Salazar commented that this day marks an important milestone as, through this agreement, it will help move the country towards a knowledge-based economy, an issue that has been talked about for more than a decade, but where not enough progress has been made.

“Renewing our commitment to collaboration and creating this consortium is undoubtedly a step forward that puts our creativity and talent at the service of society. It is our duty to expand our capacities in all areas and to involve more actors from research, education, business and government in order to enable our country to develop positively towards a knowledge economy, ”adds Garza Salazar.

At the event it was highlighted that the 20 million pesos as seed capital from UNAM and Tec de Monterrey will finance the first projects, and the Mexican companies FEMSA and CEMEX were the first to sign letters of intent, two companies to join the consortium.

In this way, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Tecnológico de Monterrey will promote agendas that enable the growth of the research and technological entrepreneurship ecosystem in the country. In addition, thanks to this initiative, the two top ranked universities in Mexico will set a historical precedent so that there will be more and better alliances between science and industry in the future.