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If there is talent, you just need to support it! An architecture student who makes high-quality handmade electric guitars, a psychologist who designs board games aimed at teaching Braille language for the blind and sign language for the hearing impaired, and a researcher who uses ostrich bone waste To alleviate health problems such as ectopic pregnancies, they were winners of the High Impact Entrepreneurship Contest 2021, convened by the Incubator of Technological Companies of the Center for the Management of Innovation and Technology (Cegint) of ITESO .

The three selected projects will receive, in addition to a scholarship to start them up in the ITESO Technological Business Incubator, economic prizes of 200 thousand pesos for the first place, 100 thousand for the second and 50 thousand for the third.

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The search for the best sound

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Multi-instrumentalist musician since he was six years old and passionate about jazz, Yeremi Dennis González has always been in search of playing and creating art with his own instruments. That personal inquiry led him two years ago to buy tools to design and manufacture his own electric guitars, a project that began as a home workshop and progressed to a business idea, Dennis Guitars, with which he won first place in the Contest. High Impact Entrepreneurship 2021.

“I didn’t expect it (to win) and I don’t believe it yet, but the process helped me a lot for the development of my company. If it weren’t for the competition, issues such as the monetization scheme, market study, unit cost and other topics, I would not have developed them, “said the fifth-semester student of ITESO’s Bachelor of Architecture.

The sanitary confinement by Covid-19 affected the income of many musicians due to the cancellation of massive concerts. However, Dennis allowed him to deepen the craftsmanship of his guitars, using cheaply available woods such as swamp ash and Honduran mahogany to design the body of the instrument, and Pacific maple and tzalam for the arms.

Dennis electric guitars are in the process of having their own distinctive sound that sets them apart from others on the market. To do this, it develops pickups with different designs and neodymium magnets that allow a more powerful sound. In addition, the finishing process does not use shellac, so that “the resonance is more natural and there is no interference between the sound waves,” he explains.

Board game to be inclusive

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Monica, an adult over 63, lost her vision due to glaucoma and needed help to start a new life learning to communicate through the Braille system. Sofía Morgenroth , a graduate of ITESO’s Bachelor of Psychology, helped her acquire this language by adapting some plastic cubes to facilitate the process. This material also allowed Monica to learn Braille independently, since the studies only allowed Sofia to see it once a week.

This seed sown two years ago in a Professional Application Project (PAP) germinated in Idélu , the first brand in Mexico to create psychoeducational board games that promote inclusion through the learning of Braille and sign language for people with hearing disabilities. The success of the idea was reflected in the second place obtained in the High Impact Entrepreneurship Contest.

“It has been an exciting process to create my own work and products to help patients and more people build bridges and interact with people with disabilities, and break paradigms, stereotypes and negative limitations against them,” sums up Morgenroth, second place winner of the High Impact Entrepreneurship Contest 2021