On October 4th, 2013, the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), PepsiCo and the Organization of American States (OAS) launched the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas) and Eco-Challenge 2014. More than 250 young people attended the ceremony that took place at the Aula Magna of the Facultad Politecnica in the Universidad Nacional de Asunción (UNA) in Paraguay. The event included the participation by representatives of the OAS, PepsiCo, UNA and YABT.
We thank the Universidad Nacional de Asunción for hosting the event through the Incubadora de Empresas de la UNA (INCUNA). Also, we are grateful for the participation of our local partners: Asociación de Jóvenes Empresarios del Paraguay (AJE), Asociación Paraguaya de Incubadoras de Empresas y Parques Tecnológicos (INCUPAR), the Paraguayan American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), Fundación Paraguaya, Koga, Nihon Gakko University, the Office of the Organization of American States in Paraguay, the Office of the Inter-American Institute of Cooperation on Agriculture in Paraguay (IICA) and the Sistema Nacional de Formación y Capacitación Laboral (SINAFOCAL).
TIC Americas is an international entrepreneurship support platform and business accelerator for young entrepreneurs and business startups. This launch marks the opening of the 8th Hemispheric Edition of the program that will hold its' finals in Asunción, Paraguay in June of 2014, within the framework of the OAS General Assembly. "YABT has worked with young people around the world since 1999 and we look forward to continue not only supporting them but also learning from their innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit." – said YABT's CEO, Luis Viguria as the team unveiled the new image of the competition and announced the TIC Paraguay category.
For the 5th consecutive year, TIC Americas features the Eco-Challenge, the environmental category of awards developed in partnership with PepsiCo. "For PepsiCo, the Eco-Challenge, is a way to demonstrate our commitment to Performance with Purpose. It is our strategy for creating awareness about environmental sustainability with the future generation of leaders and at the same time find innovative solutions to environmental challenges", said Sergio De Francesco, General Manager, PepsiCo Beverage, South Cone, Bolivia and Peru. YABT and PepsiCo welcomed the Central American Bottling Corporation (CBC) as a sponsor of the Central America subcategory of awards within the Eco-Challenge.
Thank you to everyone who attended the ceremony in Paraguay. With registrations for TIC Americas and Eco-Challenge already open, we invite everyone to stay tuned for live Webinars on business development as part of our BOOT Camp training platform. YABT and its partners look forward to working once more with young people and our collaborators in the region towards economic and social development of the hemisphere.
TIC Americas 2014 is developed and organized by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) with the support from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Paraguay.
Eco-Challenge 2014, the environmental category of awards within TIC Americas, is organized by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) in partnership with PepsiCo; and support from the Central American Bottling Corporation (CBC).