YABT and the YLAI Fellows Program held in Washington DC

Washington DC, November 9th, 2016 – The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT)facilitateda Mini BusinessLabsession: “From Idea to Action in One Day” supporting the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program in Washington D.C. The session was facilitated by Valerie Lorena, Executive Director of YABT.

“The Mini Business Lab is an interactive session where entrepreneurs learn tips, tools and tricks to be creative and innovative in daily businesslife. The session taps on the potential of co-creation, product identification and collaborative design” said Valerie Lorena at the opening of the training. 

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) was launched by the President Barack Obama to build linkages among young leaders across the Western Hemisphere. In the words of President Obama, “You don’t have to wait for the change you’re looking for.”  If you have not already joined the YLAI Network, sign up today at https://ylai.state.gov/network/ so you can be sure to receive the latest updates.

The YLAI Network is a vibrant community of thousands of young entrepreneurs and changemakers from Latin America and the Caribbean who are committed to fostering economic development, prosperity, security, human rights, and good governance in the hemisphere. 

YABT will also be part of  theProfessional Fellows Program Pitch Competition and Networking Reception at the Meridian International Center on Friday, November 11. It will be the final day of the 248 Fellows' 5-week program in the U.S.

Luis Viguria, CEO, Young Americas Business Trust will be part of the panel of judges together with Brandon Pollak, Director of Global Affairs, 1776, Karen McMonagle, VP of Fund Management, The Carlyle Group and Imo Udom, Founder and CEO, WePow.

Each of the21 participating Fellows earned their place in this competitive final round through their success in local, qualifying competitions in the U.S. cities where they spent the 4 weeks of their fellowship. The panel of judges, featuring experts in business growth, marketing, and funding will select three Pitch Competition winners, each of whom will receive an award to fund their venture's growth when they return to their home country.

About YLAI Professional Fellows Program

Twenty-four Latin American and Caribbean entrepreneurs participated in a successful pilot YLAI fellowship program in spring 2016, creating the beginning of a vibrant network of entrepreneurs in the Western Hemisphere. Following the success of this YLAI pilot, an additional 250 YLAI fellowships will be awarded to rising young business and social entrepreneurs in fall 2016. YLAI aims to empower Latin American and Caribbean business and social entrepreneurs to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic development and prosperity, security, human rights and good governance in the hemisphere.

For more information visit: https://ylai.state.gov/