X TIC Americas Finalist Announcement

Washington D.C., United States, March 6, 2015— The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) in cooperation with the Organization of American States (OAS), is pleased to announce the finalists of the tenth edition of the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas) and the Eco-Challenge 2015.

YABT recognizes and appreciates the financial, institutional, and human support provided by its partners and sponsors. We thank our sponsors for their unconditional support: PepsiCo Latin American Beverages, World Bank, the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development of the OAS, Central America Bottling Corporation, Postobón, and the Government of Panama.

We CONGRATULATE each and every young entrepreneur who participated in this process and completed the application. We encourage all participants to continue working with YABT as your partner to make your idea become a real business. YABT is keen to always share with you further opportunities that will help you develop your business ideas and projects. Those who have completed successfully all the requirements will receive a follow up report developed by our evaluation committee.

Finally, we would like to emphasize the admirable work done by all judges and international experts during the entire evaluation process.

We congratulate the 32 teams from 17 countries for being chosen as finalists after a competitive selection process that involved 2,734 teams from the OAS Member States. All selected teams will compete in the finals on April 7-9 in Panama City. TIC Americas is a component of the IV Young Americas Forum, an official activity within the framework of the VII Summit of the Americas "Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas".

Please find TIC Americas Finalists below, listed in alphabetical order and according to their categories:

Finalists:

Economic Innovation*

  • Agrocentral - Jamaica
  • Cenus Hinds - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Cibus - Costa Rica
  • Criptext - Panama
  • FIRSTJOB.ME - Chile
  • Injury Care Utility - Trinidad and Tobago
  • NextPhenom - The Bahamas
  • Teachlr - Venezuela

Social Innovation*

  • GrowSmartt - Trinidad and Tobago
  • Laboratoria - Peru
  • MedRegis - Barbados
  • PlataformaSaude - Brazil

The Americas Cultural Entrepreneurship Award

  • Articulet - Jamaica
  • Mayan Pitz - Guatemala

Eco Challenge 2015

  • allGreenup - Chile
  • Coco-química - Guatemala
  • Cocumo - Venezuela
  • Consciente Efeito Estufa - Brazil
  • Eco-Carbón - Venezuela
  • ECO-tamina - Colombia
  • ECOnstrucción - Argentina
  • EVA - Cleaning Water - Brazil
  • Jajotopapy Acuaponic - Paraguay
  • KAPOKARA - Ecuador
  • Life Out Of Plastic - L.O.O.P. - Peru
  • WAPOSAT - Peru

Eco Challenge Cetral America

  • Didáctica Artesanal-Ambiental - Guatemala
  • Eco-vida, para un mundo mejor - Nicaragua
  • KIASMA - Nicaragua

Eco Challenge Colombia

  • METRICO - Bucaramanga
  • PLASMACOL - Cali
  • WATER PACIFIC - Medellín

* Including the teams applying through the Caribbean Innovation Challenge platform.

For more information, please visit www.ticamericas.net

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YABT is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1999, as a private sector initiative that promotes social and economic development among young people worldwide. YABT works in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) promoting and facilitating opportunities for youth spaces and tools for eradicating poverty and improving the living conditions of young people in the Americas.