YABT and the University of Tarapacá announce innovation training for young people

Washington, D.C., September 19, 2019 - The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and  The University of Tarapaca, formalized a strategic alliance for the training of young people from Bolivia, Chile, and Peru in the development of business skills through the InnovAction Workshop, “Business Labs focused on Innovation ” to be held from September 23 to 27 in Arica, Chile.


The initiative has the collaboration of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Commission Economic for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations (ECLAC), with the purpose of providing participants an overview on the critical elements of improving competitive business models through the definition, implementation, and management of innovative environments and processes. It also seeks to strengthen the actions needed to support the role of young people as drivers of economic growth in the border regions and becoming key actors for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.


The Workshop will be conducted by Mr. Salomon Vilensky, General Director of VILIP Industrial Parks from Israel; and Mr. Eugenio Bidondo, YABT Coordinator for Mercosur. The program consists of sessions that combine conferences, working groups, field activities, case studies, expert panels, and other activities. After the Workshop, the participants will attend a series of complementary virtual trainings, and are able to access additional resources and become involved in programs such as Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas): www.ticamericas.net, whose fiftheteenth edition starts on September 23, 2019.


“Entrepreneurship is the engine of new technology, coupled with productive models and qualified human capital, with the ability to develop economic and social solutions in the border territories of the region,'' said Luis Viguria, Chief Executive Officer of YABT.


The newspaper El País notes in an article in February 2016, that “borders assume the status of the poles of population attraction and economic development - within the framework of the "global border system" - where cities have an organizing function for the cross-border regions…”[1]


The Business Labs are a program by YABT and the OAS, launched in 2002, and has continued since then with the support of Israel and other diverse organizations in the region. The program offers training in matters of creation and business management, innovation, and other integral components of business development, all with the purpose of strengthening capacities and support for public and private organizations, and young entrepreneurs. The content and the “learn by doing” methodology that is offered, is distinguished by its flexibility to adapt to different context premises and groups of people, while also creating a multiplier effect.


YABT calls on public and private organizations to support these initiatives which focus on youth development, so that they may spread to other border regions in Latin America, contributing to the prosperity, security, and peace within the OAS Member States.


For more information, contact YABT through Edgar Maestre via: edgar.maestre@yabt.net


[1]Carrión, F. (17 de febrero, 2016). Ciudades de Frontera de América Latina. Diario El País. Consultado el 12 de septiembre del 2019: https://elpais.com/elpais/2016/02/17/seres_urbanos/1455692400_145569.html

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