Taking global exposure to local endeavors –
“CEMPRENDE” Receives Mulert Award on Mutual Understanding
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY, MARCH, 2017 - The German Fulbright Alumni Association is proud to announce that this year’s Jürgen Mulert Award on Mutual Understanding is bestowed to the project CEMPRENDE in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Pedro Marcial Cerrato, cofounder and chief activist of CEMPRENDE, will be presented with the Mulert Award for his courage and vision of supporting local entrepreneurs in a challenging environment.
CEMPRENDE is a collaboration and networking community where entrepreneurs find guidance, peer-to-peer support, and courage to innovate. Mr. Cerrato and his fellow activists have established an NGO to offer (pre)incubation and acceleration programs for social and technological ventures. “Our initiative is a paradigm shifter because it offers a collaborative approach that millennials can relate with”, Mr. Cerrato explains. He was a Fulbright scholar at the University of South Carolina between 1993 and 1995.
CEMPRENDE aims to open dialogue with key ecosystem players, like municipal authorities, to improve the regulatory environment faced by new and established micro, small, and medium sized enterprises. “A place where entrepreneurs meet policy makers, mentors, and trainers, who walk their talk and help others prosper”, affirms Mr. Cerrato. Future plans for CEMPRENDE include a fabrication laboratory (fablab) where youngsters and adults can learn how to use technology to create and to invent while having fun.
In 2015, after more than 20 years of living abroad, Mr. Cerrato returned to his home country to use his international experience to foster innovative social and impact entrepreneurship. Vanessa Wergin, president of the German Fulbright Alumni Association, affirms that “CEMPRENDE takes Senator Fulbright’s idea of waging global peace through mutual understanding to a local level and thus stands out as an example for many Fulbrighters around the planet.”
The Jürgen Mulert Memorial Award on Mutual Understanding was established in 2010 in memory of Dr. Jürgen Mulert, scholar, poet, inventor, and Deputy Executive Director of the German-American Fulbright Program. The Mulert Award is given annually to volunteers, artists, professionals, and researchers across disciplines, whose work reflects and advances discourse on peace through mutual understanding. Former Mulert Award recipients include Sherief El-Helaifi, Oksana Buzhdygan, and Jörg Wolf. The Award will be presented on March 18, 2017, at the German Fulbright Alumni Association's annual Winter Ball in Mainz, where Mr. Cerrato will be a guest of honor.
For more information on CEMPRENDE, Community of Entrepreneurs, please visit https://www.facebook.com/cemprendehn/
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