Announcement of Winners of TIC Americas 2020!

Washington, D.C. July 2, 2020 - The Awards and Closing Ceremony of the 15th edition of the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas), took place on July 2, through a virtual format ceremony. 22 Finalist teams competed for the Category prizes: Eco-Challenge 11.0, Startup Challenge and the Caribbean Innovation Competition.


Highlighted as a historical Awards Ceremony, for being the first in a virtual format due to the health emergency following the COVID-19 circumstances, recognition and visibility were provided to the young entrepreneurs who, despite the current situation taking place around the world, have assumed leadership in driving innovative solutions that have a significant impact on the community and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.


A total of five cash prizes in the amount of US $ 5,000 each were awarded by the Young Americas Business Trust and the program's partner and sponsor organizations: PepsiCo and the Organization of American States (OAS).  In addition to this monetary incentive of seed capital for the winners, all the Finalists were awarded a benefits package that included mentoring, feedback from international experts, tailor-made training sessions, a promotional / media coverage campaign, and follow-up activities.


The YABT and the strategic partners of the program want to congratulate the winning teams of TIC Americas 2020:


Eco-Challenge 11.0

"Beyond the Bottle and the Bag" – A draw between two teams


"Recycling and Post Consumer use of BOPP"


Startup Challenge


Caribbean Innovation Competition


Special Recognition of the Favorite of the Audience - non-monetary


To see the complete list of Finalists, click here:


The Awards Ceremony was chaired by Ambassador Gonzalo Koncke, Chief of Staff of the Secretary General of the OAS; Yadira Pinilla and Luis Viguria, President of the Board of Directors and CEO of the YABT, respectively; Gabriela de la Garza, Corporate Affairs Senior Director, PepsiCo LAB; Sylvia Desmaison, Corporate Affairs Associate Manager at PepsiCo Latin America at PepsiCo. Access the full video of the event at


The Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas) is a hemispheric program that fosters economic and social development and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the promotion of innovation, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility.  Young entrepreneurs and social leaders have the opportunity to develop and propose scalable solutions that respond to the region's priorities. The program is developed by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), in cooperation with the Organization of American States (OAS) and with the financial support of PepsiCo Latin America.


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