The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an annual list of the top innovators driving global, regional and industry agendas to improve the state of their communities. The 2015 list of 31 entrepreneurs includes Endeavor Entrepreneurs Javier Okhuysen and Carlos Orellana, co-founders of salaUno, and Gonzalo Muñoz, co-founder of TriCiclos. This honor demonstrates the impact of Endeavor Entrepreneurs in the social sector and the increasing global recognition of entrepreneurs working to transform under-served communities.
Javier Okhuysen and Carlos Orellana founded the Mexico-based salaUno to help prevent avoidable blindness in Mexico through its private vision centers and clinics. Taking advantage of economies of scale, innovative surgical techniques, and a vertically-integrated supply chain, salaUno provides high quality, low-cost cataract surgery and eye care services to low-income Mexicans. Within a year of launching, salaUno successfully opened a clinic in Mexico City and completed more than 2,100 cataract surgeries. Selected into the network in 2012, the entrepreneurs have received a range of mentoring and advisory services through Endeavor, enabling them to grow the business on a national scale.
By providing Clean Points (CPs) – recycling stations where individuals can deposit recyclable consumer materials – and managing waste management logistics efficiently, Chile’s TriCiclos is one of the most reputable post-consumer recycling companies in the region and one of the few capable of tracking and monetizing compliance. CPs – 40-foot metal containers capable of receiving, processing and compacting up to 25 different types of materials – are placed in companies’ parking lots or municipal areas. They are forty times cheaper and 20% more efficient than other recycling platforms in Chile because of the sophisticated pre-processor unit. Notably, TriCiclos is the only company in Latin America that is classified as a “B-Corp” and can certify that over 90% of materials put into its social clean points will actually be recycled. Since his selection in 2014, co-founder and CEO Gonzalo Muñoz has received local mentoring services to help him develop and refine his business model.
Other Endeavor Entrepreneurs who have been honored by the Foundation in past years include Javier Lozano of Mexico’s Clinicas del Azucar, Patrick Struebi of Mexico’s Fairtrasa, Mois Cherem of Mexico’s ENOVA, Felipe Vergara of Colombia’s Lumni, and Bedriye Hülya of Turkey’s B-Fit. View the full list of 2015 Awardees by clicking here.