Washington DC, August 22th, 2016 - This September 1st the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), PepsiCo, CBC, Postobón and the Organization of American States will open registrations for the XII Edition of the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas) and the Eco-Challenge 8.0. We invite all the young people from Latin America and the Caribbean that have an innovative business idea or solution to an environmental problem to register and take the challenge!
The participating teams will have 5 months to submit to our virtual platform a business proposal, prototype, promotional video and to develop or improve the project's online presence. These components will then be reviewed by our international committee of judges, choosing the top teams, who will participate in the Finals of TIC Americas and Eco Challenge in mid-2017. All participants will simultaneously have access to training through the YABT BOOT Camp platform, entrepreneurship roundtables, international experts and networking.
TIC Americas allows young entrepreneurs to develop and present their innovative projects at an international level. They will benefit from online training resources provided by YABT and PepsiCo to improve their business plans, prototypes, and promotional content in order to increase their chances to win one of the award categories. All participants, finalists, or winners will have the opportunity to benefit from the entire process of the competition along with YABT´s extensive network of entrepreneurs and professionals.
For a fifth consecutive year, we welcome the Central American Bottling Corporation (CBC) and Postobón as sponsors of special awards of the Eco-Challenge Central America and Eco-Challenge Colombia, respectively. The organizers thank everyone who is making TIC Americas and Eco-Challenge 2017 possible and we look forward to keep working together for the development of youth entrepreneurship in the region.
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In its last edition, TIC Americas has grown to include over 4,000 young entrepreneurs from 39 countries and has further integrated participants from Latin America and the Caribbean, the latter through the Caribbean Innovation Competition (CIC). Over the past 10 years, more than 35,400 young entrepreneurs from 48 countries have participated in this competition.
In 2009, PepsiCo and YABT partnered to create the Eco-Challenge, a category within TIC Americas, focused on innovative projects that offer creative solutions to environmental problems. In 2013, cbc and YABT partnered to create a regional Eco-Challenge aimed at promoting innovative solutions for environmental problems developed by Central American youth. In 2015, Postobón joined YABT, PepsiCo, and cbc in order to increase efforts in Colombia and create a Colombian Eco-Challenge Award. The category has grown progressively since its first edition, where 300 teams from across the region registered to participate. In 2016, 1,675 teams from 25 countries took the Eco-Challenge, demonstrating the growing involvement of youth in creating innovative solutions to environmental issues.
About the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT)
Th Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is an international non-profit organization, founded in 1999, and works in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS). YABT supports OAS objectives and mandates of the Summit of the Americas, to develop and implement programs and activities that encourage entrepreneurship and leadership among youth in the countries of the Americas - fighting poverty and creating more opportunities for youth.