TIC Americas and Eco-Challenge 2014 will launch in Central America

Washington, D.C. – Young entrepreneurs from Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras will learn the details of the support they will receive through the 8th Edition of the Talent and Innovation Competiton of the Americas (TIC Americas) and the 5th edition of Eco-Challenge, this thanks to the Launches announced in Central America and to be conducted by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), PepsiCo and the Central American Bottling Corporation (CBC).

TIC Americas is an international platform of opportunities and business accelarator for young entrepreneurs in the Americas. Since 2009, YABT and PepsiCo have formed a partnership to develop the Eco-Challenge, a special category of awards in the TIC Americas process. Eco-Challenge focuses on innovative projects with creative solutions to environmental issues. YABT and PepsiCo welcomed CBC as the sponsor of the Central American award subcategory, therefore having the program launched in three countries this November.

TIC Americas 2014TIC Americas and Eco-Challenge are also supported yearly by the Organization of American States (OAS) and highlight the synergy between different sectors to accelerate business, social and environmental initiatiaves, therefore contributing to sustainable development throughout the continent. Government and other social sectoras are invited to work with international organizations and promotional collaborators, these making TIC Americas and Eco-Challenge possible. The programs give integral and free support to hundreds of young entrepreneurs every year.

With close to 24,000 young participants since 2007, TIC Americas and Eco-Challenge 2014 will have the first Regional Launch on November 13th at 10:00AM at the Hilton Princess Hotel in El Salvador. On friday 15th at 3:30PM, a Launch will take place in Costa Rica during the Youth Summit on Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (Mexico and Central America). Later, on November 18th, within the framework of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013, Tegucigalpa in Honduras will host a Regional Launch at 8:00AM at the Plaza San Martín Hotel. This will take place within the framework of the Business Lab Workshop on Innovation, organized by YABT and EDC through the METAS Project.

This will not be the first time that TIC Americas and Eco-Challenge are featured in Central America; previous editions' finals have been previously held in Panama (2007), Honduras (2009), El Salvador (2011) and Guatemala (2013). These were carried out within the framework of the OAS General Assembly. Click here to view previous eidtions.

YABT, PepsiCo, CBC and the hosts in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras, are please to extend the invitation to partcipate in the launch and learn about the opportunities presented by TIC Americas and Eco-Challenge 2014. We also invite representatives from institutions that promote entrepreneurship in the countries to be part of these events and share the invitation with their local partners nad young entrepreneurs. To learn about collaboration and sponosorship opportunities, please contact YABT through Gerardo Robinson: grobinson@oas.org.

For addititonal details regarding the launches please visit www.yabt.net and www.ticamericas.net. For further inquieries, please contact Edgar Maestre: edgar.maestre@yabt.net.