1. When does the programme start?

The training and monitoring activities will take place from March 2 to May 24, 2020.


2. When can I enroll?

Entries for Explorer 2020 will be open from January 13 to January 31. We strongly advise you to pre-register to find out when the call opens. You can do it here: https://en.explorerbyx.org/apply/

3. How do I find out if I have been selected?

The names of the selected applicants will be published on this website in February 2020. You will also receive an email and will be contacted by your Explorer Space.


4. What kind of idea can I apply with?

The SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are the 17 goals adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

What are the SDGs?

They are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.


These are the 17 goals:


  • End of Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Climate Action
  • Life Below Water
  • Life on Land
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Partnerships for the Goals


You can read more here (https://blog.explorerbyx.org/2020/01/apuntate-explorer-lab-soluciones-emprendedoras-ods/) and here (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/)

5. Eligibility criteria

Explorer participants must be creative, restless youths between 18 and 31 years old. They must be available to attend all activities at their Explorer Space and cannot have an established company. Furthermore, they will be able to follow the training itinerary in English.

In the selection process, applicants who have not participated in previous editions of the Explorer programme will be given preference over those who have. Under no circumstances will any previously awarded candidate of the programme be selected to participate.

6. Selection criteria

The selected projects will be those that obtain the highest scoring in the following aspects:


Regarding the candidates:


  • Entrepreneurial profile
  • Candidate’s background
  • Ability to communicate the idea put forward, both orally and in writing


Regarding the ideas:


  • Innovative component
  • Creativity
  • Business opportunity
  • Potential to become a financially sustainable business
  • Potential to solve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)


7. Schedule of activities

The majority of the programme will be digital. All face-to-face activities at each Explorer Space in Europe will take place in the afternoon. The in-person sessions in America may take place in the morning too.

8. Are Explorer activities in-person activities? Where do they take place?

The majority of the programme is digital, and the in-person activities will take place at either the chosen Explorer Space or at the location your coordinator indicates. The programme currently has Explorer Spaces in Spain, Argentina, Portugal, México and Chile. Every year we have new additions.  https://explorerbyx.org/spaces/

9. Dedication involved

You should expect to dedicate around 8-10 hours/week to Explorer Lab, considering both the digital itinerary and the in-person activities.

10. Can two or more people apply with the same project?

Yes, we accept applications from either one individual or a team. Each team must have a maximum of 5 members.


Note: participating as a team will not exempt each member from abiding by their individual responsibilities: registration, attendance, active participation and deliveries (outputs).

11. Intellectual property of the ideas put forward

Participants are the “executors” and “owners” of their own ideas.


At CISE (Santander International Entrepreneurship Centre) we are committed to the strictest confidentiality regarding both the presented ideas and the candidates, regardless of whether they are finally selected to participate in the programme or not.


However, selected ideas may be spread at some point along the programme in order to promote their market launch and give more visibility to the participating projects.

12. What is the Collaborator’s role?

The Collaborator is an external member of your team who will be able to attend the training sessions taking place at your Explorer Space –as long as there is seating capacity, always at the discretion of the Space Coordinator- but who will not be considered “Explorer participant”, i.e. having no right to other privileges of the programme such as prizes, etc.


Explorer participants who have an external collaborator in their teams must inform them about the fact that they too need to sign the legal documents of the programme accepting confidentiality, data protection policy and authorizing their image rights consent.

13. What is the Mentor of the project’s role?

If you access the programme, your idea/project will get customised advice in every-two-week sessions with a mentor. This mentor will help you develop your skills based on his/her experience and will guide you through the development of your project.