Medellin, Colombia, June 26 2019 - The Finals of the 14th edition of the Talent and Innovation of the Americas Competition (TIC Americas) were held as part of the activities of the 49 General Assembly of the OAS in Centro Empresarial El Poblado of Chamber of Commerce from Medellin to Antioquia. In parallel the Young Americas Dialogue was held as part of the Young Americas Forum.
The winners were selected from a total of 5106 proposals presented from 41 countries, including all the categories. There were 16 finalist teams representing 8 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The 6 winning teams were awarded by the partnering organizations of Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) who have supported in the organization of the TIC Americas Competition including PepsiCo and the World Bank.
The following authorities were present during the ceremony:
S.E. María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval, First Lady of the Republic of Colombia
Gabriela de la Garza, Corporate Affairs Senior Director PepsiCo Latin America Beverages/ Citizenship and Sustainability
Cheryl Urban, Director General, South America and Inter-American Relations at Global Affairs Canada.
Yadira Soto, President of the Board of Directors, Young Americas Business Trust
Roy L. Thomasson, Founder of Young Americas Business Trust
Luis Viguria, CEO, Young Americas Business Trust.
Valerie Lorena, Executive Director, Young Americas Business Trust
Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS
Néstor Méndez, Assistant Secretary General of the OAS
Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia
Federico Gutiérrez, Mayor of Medellín
Lina Vélez de Nicholls, Executive President, Chamber of Commerce of Medellín for Antioquia
Meet the winners!
Pausa - Peru
Eco-Challenge – Environment
Sorui - Argentina
Eco-Challenge – Nutrition
Tropfir - Brazil
Eco-Challenge – Women
Wigo - Colombia
Caribbean Innovation Competition
Panjam - Trinidad & Tobago
Incube - Bogota, Colombia
The photographs of the event are available in the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yabtdc/albums
The TIC Americas Competition is organized by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) as a support platform and business accelerator for young entrepreneurs. Its purpose is to provide guidance, training, mentoring, seed capital and investment, as well as access to an international cooperation network.