Mexico’s emerging entrepreneurs who leverage the power of technology to solve urgent social challenges will now have the opportunity to apply for a new, yearlong fellowship through a partnership between the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, the International Youth Foundation (IYF), and Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC).

The newly-launched program, Premio UNITEC a La Innovación Tecnológica Para El Desarrollo Social (UNITEC Prize for Technological Innovation for Social Development), will provide three outstanding entrepreneurs between ages 18 and 29 with advanced leadership training, networking, and advocacy opportunities. The Premio UNITEC Fellows will also receive financial support for their projects, in addition to guidance from UNITEC’s business incubator.

The UNITEC-México program is the newest member of IYF’s YouthActionNet® global network of 16 national and regional youth leadership institutes. Since its establishment in 2001, YouthActionNet has to date created one of the world’s largest networks of young social entrepreneurs. The Premio UNITEC Fellows will join other emerging social entrepreneurs at YouthActionNet’s current Mexican partner, Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM), participating in a range of training and peer-to-peer learning activities. Premio UVM has identified and supported 105 exemplary young leaders across Mexico.

“More and more youth around the globe are pioneering technological innovations to address a range of issues from disease prevention to citizen empowerment,” said IYF President and CEO Bill Reese. “We look forward with great anticipation to the selection of the first Premio UNITEC Fellows, and are pleased to be working in partnership with Laureate to expand the YouthActionNet model to more of its university campuses around the globe.”

“This fellowship will be an important step in helping build Mexico’s base of social entrepreneurs,” said Steven Gray, Laureate Education Inc.’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Public Affairs. “When young people are given the space and resources to tap into their dreams, our society prospers.”

Applications are being accepted for Premio UNITEC through December 12, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.unitec.mx/premio/. The inaugural Premio UNITEC Fellows will join a global network of more than 880 YouthActionNet Fellows.

Laureate has committed to the Clinton Global Initiative to expand YouthActionNet to 14 Laureate campuses by 2014. With the arrival Premio UNITEC, Laureate will have expanded YouthActionNet to 10 campuses in Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, Spain, and Turkey.