Washington DC, November 3rd, 2016 – Colombia hosted two events which received hundreds of Young leaders and entrepreneurs. In Medellin, the Americas Youth Network had its first international meeting. Bogota, at the same time was the stage for the first Summit of Entrepreneurship and Democracy organized by the Americas Youth Network.
In both events, the Young Americas Business Trust had the opportunity to present the new edition of the most important Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas, The TIC Americas, and its special category focused on the environment, the Eco-Challenge.
In Medellin, more than 50 young leaders of 13 countries participated in the first International Meeting of the Americas Youth Network. This network was born during the III Youth of the Americas Forum held in Cartagena on 2012 and was formalized during the IV Youth of the Americas Forum held in Panama on 2014 under the VII Summit of the Americas organized by the Organization of American States. “From its beginning, the YABT supported the initiatives created by this network, thus this, we went to Medellin and we are committed to empower their initiatives” said Lorena Julio, Communication Officer of YABT.
At Bogota, the international network of Ibero-American Young People held the “I Summit of Entrepreneurship and Democracy on the Iberoamerican Youth: A path for the peace”, which was held under the XXV Iberoamerican Summit of Heads of State and Government, hosted by Cartagena de las Indias with its motto of “Youth, Entrepreneurship and Education”. The emblematic theater ECCI “El Dorado” located on the Colombian capital was the place where the event took place, 250 young people participated from at least 15 countries from Iberoamerica.
YABT participated in the “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel” presenting its competences and programs focused on young entrepreneurs. The event agenda was defined by two sections: High-level panels and experiences exchange spaces. The panels with academic spaces where transcendent topics for the youth were discussed, especially topics related to the empowerment, the leadership and the contribution for the development on the Iberoamerican region. On its own, the spaces of experience exchange gave the opportunity to young entrepreneurs and youth leaders from organizations to expose their innovative projects, which are generating impact in their regions, also it strengthen the international contact network.
The Young Americas Business Trust is a nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the Organization of American States (OAS) to promote social and economic development of young people around the world. While building entrepreneurial capacity and creating opportunities for future business leaders, the YABT community advances the global goals and strengthens youth-led initiatives for sustainable development.