Financial Awareness Video Contest
Students from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, after winning the 2015 Financial Awareness Video Contest. Pictured from left to right: Javier Silva, Associate Director, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Julio A. Garcia Rosado, Wensi P. Natera, Brandon C. González, Gabriel S. Rivera Vázquez and Zoimé Alvarez, Executive Vice President, Puerto Rico Bankers Association. (Edwin Ramo)

The Financial Awareness Video Contest seeks to promote knowledge of economics, finance and business by challenging teams of college and university students in Puerto Rico to produce 30-second videos aimed at educating other young adults on a select topic.

2015 Contest Puts the Spotlight on Small Business

The 2015 competition, sponsored by the Puerto Rico Bankers Association and Federal Reserve Bank of New York, focused on small business. Students were tasked with creating a video that covered one or more of the following topics: how to start a small business; how to finance a small business; and how to export. Twenty-nine videos by 99 students from 14 universities across Puerto Rico were submitted and evaluated by a panel of experts.

The winning video was produced by students from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. The video, titled “No Abandones tus Ideas,” or “Do Not Abandon Your Ideas,” provides tips on how to start and finance a small business. The video will air in select movie theaters in Puerto Rico later this year.

As part of their prize, the winning team will receive career advice and a trip to New York to learn about the Federal Reserve and visit the New York Fed's Museum and Learning Center.

For more information or questions about the Financial Awareness Video Contest in Puerto Rico, contact Associate Director of Community Engagement Javier Silva.

Winning Videos
First Place: "No Abandones tus Ideas"
Wensi Pierre Natera, Brandon Cruz González & Gabriel S. Rivera Vázquez
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras
Second Place: "Imagina tus Doggy Burgers"
Milton Vélez, José Ducos García & Jann Jerez Rivera
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
Third Place: "Tu Banco el Crédito te Dará"
Juan Tomás López, Juan Antonio Rivera & Yeselike Mari Rivera
Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Aguadilla
People's Choice Award: "Manifiesta el Empresario en Tí"
Nashmia M. Samrah Miranda, Raúl A. Samrah Miranda & Dayanne Meléndez Rosario
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras