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Danobatgroup recognizes emerging talent in digital transformation at the TFG-TFM Mondragon Awards

Danobatgroup recognizes emerging talent in digital transformation at the TFG-TFM Mondragon Awards
  • Firmly committed to nurturing the potential of young innovators, Danobatgroup lends its support to the TFG-TFM Mondragon Awards that seek to acknowledge innovative and sustainable contributions addressing the industry challenges of today.
  • In the Digital Transformation category, where 80 projects were evaluated, Andres Mazkiaran, President of Danobatgroup, bestowed the award upon Asier Mandiola Arrizabalaga and Miren Lur Barquín Torre.


Talent development stands as a cornerstone of Danobatgroup´s strategic vision. Engaging with emerging talents throughout their educational journey characterises the distinctive culture of this leading industrial group in machine tools and advanced manufacturing. This philosophy not only addresses the immediate needs of the industrial landscape but also projects Danobatgroup´s commitment toward a future marked by continual transformation.

In this pursuit, the group has elevated its dedication to fostering emerging talent by sponsoring the TFG-TFM Mondragon 2023 Awards, an event promoted by the Mondragon Corporation. This marks the second edition of the initiative, open to students from any university who have completed their final degree or master´s project during the academic year 2022-2023. These awards aim to recognise work making innovative and sustainable contributions to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Danobatgroup specifically sponsored the "Digital Transformation Award," acknowledging the two most outstanding proposals for accelerating digital transformation and enhancing industry competitiveness.

During the award ceremony that took place this morning in the Kursaal Auditorium in Donostia, Andres Mazkiaran, President of Danobatgroup, presented the first prize to Asier Mandiola Arrizabalaga, student of the Industrial Electronic Engineering degree at the Higher Polytechnic School of Mondragón for its innovative project, which includes a cash prize of 2,500 euro.

The second prize, with a cash prize of 1,250 euro, was awarded to  Miren Lur Barquín Torre, student of the master on Mathematical Modelling and Computation in the Technical University of Denmark.


80 papers submitted

The jury evaluated a total of 80 papers in the Digital Transformation category, covering topics like artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics.

The group, a benchmark in advanced manufacturing, is particularly sensitive to everything associated with digitalization. “At Danobatgroup, digital transformation is one of our main lines of work. This, alongside developing new technologies optimising our clients´ production processes, enables us to generate new business opportunities that require the incorporation of new professional profiles", explained the Director of Social Management.

In addition to Danobatgroup´s sponsored award, the Awards featured four other categories: the MONDRAGON Award for people-based transformation, won by Eneko Unanue and Mikel Cortés, and Estíbaliz Arbizu Martín, the Fagor Taldea Award for energy-climate transformation, awarded to Ander Azpitarte Aretxabaleta and Pablo Gila Herranz, and the Orbea Award for healthy and sustainable mobility, in recognition of the work presented by Mikel Garcia Arruabarrena and Haritz Markaida Velasco, and finally the Laboral Kutxa Award for financial transformation impacting society, given to Mario Sanz Guerrero and Guillermo Villate Castillo. A total of 253 projects from 37 different universities were entered in this year´s competition, divided into the five categories.

This initiative was part of the Employment Fair and Social Economy Congress (FESLAN), organised by the Basque Government and Lanbide, held in the Kursaal Auditorium yesterday and today, where Danobatgroup actively participated with its own stand, offering different talks to present first-hand a detailed view of its activity.

Danobatgroup´s commitment to the TFG-TFM Mondragon Awards complements its involvement in other initiatives that promote STEM studies among young individuals through collaborations with institutions such as the Ada Byron or Gladys Awards.