Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, June 13, 2016⎯Within the framework of the 46th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), the awards ceremony of the XI Edition of the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas) and Eco-Challenge 7.0 was held.
TIC Americas is an international entrepreneurship and business accelerator platform for young entrepreneurs and start-ups led by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT). YABT is an international nonprofit organization, founded in 1999, with a private sector initiative that promotes the social and economic development of young people around the world. YABT works in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) promoting opportunities for young people and facilitating spaces and tools for the eradication of poverty and the improvement of the living conditions of young people in the Western Hemisphere.
35 teams selected from 39 Latin American and Caribbean countries from a total of 2,795 teams participated in the TIC Americas finals, the implementation component of the IV Young Americas Forum.
Start-Up: Focused on young people with innovative proposals that are still in the development stage.
SMEs: Focused on young people with businesses that are already established or that have started formal operations.
Eco Challenge: Focused on young people that present innovative environmental solutions to four challenges presented by the competition (Access to water, Recycling, Sustainable Agriculture and Development of a mobile application to promote eco-friendly habits)
TIC Dominican Republic: The national category of the competition oriented to facilitate an international platform to strengthen existing programs that support the national entrepreneur ecosystem.
Caribbean Innovation Competition: This category promotes innovation, development of business initiatives in the Caribbean. The projects respond to the following categories: Creative Industries and the commercialization of technology.
Here is the list of the winning teams:
“Woman Innovator of the Americas” Recognition
Diana D'Herrera – Thermy
Sumet Lum Aceites Esenciales – Mexico
Pague Verde – Brasil
Greenblocks – Mexico
Regare – Bolivia
Eco Challenge Central America Award
Reciklos - El Salvador
Eco Challenge Colombia Award
Menos residuos más alimentos – Colombia
“Social Innovation Award”
Free Mind / Libertad Pura – Colombia
“High Impact Entrepreneur Award”
Mamut baldosas ecológicas de reciclado de llantas – Bolivia
TIC Dominican Republic Award
AIME – Santo Domingo
Caribbean Innovation Award
The Vinelist Inc. – Jamaica
Konservi - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
“People's Choice Award”
ColorBlind – Republica Dominicana
Recognition of the “Entrepreneur of the Year 2016”
S.E Luis Almagro, Secretary General, OAS.
The XI Edition of TIC Americas was made possible thanks to the unconditional support of our partners, sponsors, experts, judges, staff, volunteers and the young people of the hemisphere.We would like to thank the Government of the Dominican Republic, the Organization of American States, the World Bank, PepsiCo Beverages Latin America, Central American Bottling Corporation (cbc), Postobon S.A., Interamerican Development Bank and BanReservas.
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