YABT and the University of Tarapaca trained young people in business skills

Washington, D.C., September 30, 2019– The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and the University of Tarapaca successfully developed the InnovAction Workshop "Business Labs focused on Innovatio”, conducted 23-27 September 2019. The program was made possible through the invaluable collaboration of the  Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). 

The workshop was held at the University of Tarapaca in Arica, Chile, with the participation of 40 young people from Bolivia, Chile and Peru. They were trained to develop business skills and innovation management in productive models that boost the economic growth in the border region shared between the three countries. 

The program was conducted by Mr. Solomon Vilensky, General Director of Vilip Israel; and Eugenio Bidondo, Coordinator for Mercosur of YABT, who assistedthe participants during the process of generating, conceptualizing and validating ideas. During the development of innovative business proposals,the participants were evaluated by a panel of experts on the last day of the workshop. 

The Closing Ceremony was chaired by Georgina Núñez, Director on the YABT Board of Directors; Dr. Alfonso Díaz Aguad, Rector of the University of Tarapacá; the honorable senator for Arica and Parinacota, Mr. José Miguel Insulza; Mrs. Bernardina Cisterna Arapio, Vice-Rector for Strategic Development (S); Mr. Sergio Medina Parra, Director of Extension and Relationship; Dr. Pilar Mazuela Águila, Dean of the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences; Mr. Alejandro Rodríguez Estay, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering; and Mr. Eugenio Doussoulin, Director of International Relations. During the ceremony, speakers emphasized the importance of such programmes for young people to have greater opportunities for growth and to promote their own economic and social initiatives, becoming agents of change to improve the environment communities.

"The workshop surpassed my expectations, it was much more than that expected, and now I can apply it in real lifeas it relates to my career. Now I know what planning a business really means, what it means to be an entrepreneur, and to use the proper terminology of what entrepreneurship means, and the transcendence of all this to young people...", said Martha Delgadillo Romero, young Bolivian participant - as part of the student exchange.

The workshop has a follow-up stage consisting of complementary training sessions, so that young people can refine their projects through new tools, access to networks and programs to support entrepreneurial development. Among these programs is the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas), whose tenth edition, registration opened for young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 34, through the portal: www.ticamericas.net.

Jorge Mamani, young Chilean, said "The workshop exceeded my expectations. It allowed me to learn about developed business ecosystems in other countries. I felt super motivated not to leave my region, because usually the feeling is to go out and look for a job elsewhere, like going out to Santiago. I've worked hard, everything can be done with effort and work."

Like Martha and Jorge, the young María del Rosario Fernández of Peru, she also shared her experience at the end of the workshop, mentioning that "the experience of the week of the workshop has been enriching. The advice I can give you is to never be afraid, if you are wrong then you can always improve."

The workshop photo album is available at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHsED1k 

For more information, contact the YABT via Eugenio Bidondo, via eugenio.bidondo@yabt.net

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