Alumnus' 'Pepewates' wins him entrepreneurship award

Newly minted Tecnológico de Monterrey Saltillo Campus alumnus José Antonio López won second place at the Entrepreneur Student Award with his natural snack company, started in his kitchen and now available nationwide. In the ceremony held at the Mexican Stock Exchange, Tec alumni Moisés Medina and Scott Munguía also shined with, respectively, a third place showing and a first place in the Social Responsibility Category.

The EXATEC José Antonio López shares that "Pepewates" austere started in the kitchen of his house and has positioned itself in the market, with over 850 outlets nationwide.

Mar 10, 2015


"I bought a sack of peanuts and began selling them at a campus football game. I sold 100 cups that day," is how José Antonio López recalls kicking off his business called "Pepewates", which he created when still an Industrial and Systems Engineering student at the Tecnológico de Monterrey's Saltillo Campus.

Today, Mr. López is one of Mexico's most awarded entrepreneurs in Mexico, having won second place February 16 at the 5th Entrepreneur Student Awards held at the Mexican Stock Exchange. A total of 680 college students from all over the country were vying for the awards.

In addition to the Mx 75,000 prize money and trophy he received, Mr. López remarked on the feeling he experienced during the award ceremony. "I was thrilled to be representing my company and my team". He also noted the support he has had from his alma mater, the Tecnológico de Monterrey and from Saltillo Campus Director Angelberto Guardado, who always "cheered me on in every project".

The company that had its humble origins in his kitchen has gained a foothold on the market, and its products are now available at over 850 sales points. Mr. López' next challenge is to conquer the domestic market and then expand internationally.

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