Asuncion, Paraguay, 31st October, 2019. The headquarters of the University of San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) in Asuncion, Paraguay, hosted a special event for the presentation of the fifteenth edition of the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas 2020), the past 29th October. The event was organized as an initiative between the USIL and the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), with the support of the Ministry of Industries and Trade (MIC) and the Technology and Science National Council (CONACYT) in Paraguay.
The event aimed to present the opportunities and benefits that the TIC Americas 2020 and the Eco-Challenge 11.0 competitions have to offer to the youth, who seek to generate a positive impact on their environment through their own ideas and projects. Students and teachers from the USIL participated, together with representatives of public, private and academic entities. The presentation of the program was conducted via videoconference by Mr. Rafael Pinto and Mr. Edgar Maestre, both staff of the YABT.
The welcoming words were initiated by the Dean of USIL Paraguay, Mr. Yan Speranza. He was followed by the Vice Minister of MIPYMES of Paraguay, Mr. Isaac Godoy, and the OAS Representative to Paraguay, Ambassador Diego Paz Bustamante. Through a video message, the Permanent Representative of Paraguay to the OAS, Ambassador Elisa Ruiz Diaz, called on to the Paraguayan entrepreneurs to participate in such an important international program.
From the USIL headquarters in Lima, Peru, the event also received a message from the USIL Vice-President of Entrepreneurship, Mr. Daniel Diez Canseco, and a winner of TIC Americas 2018, Cristian Gutierrez, founder of Evea Eco-Fashion. Cristian Gutierrez presented a testimony and shared more about the support he received after his experience in TIC Americas.
“The TIC Americas is a program that firmly addresses the challenges our nations face, by creating more and better employment for young people, reducing inequality, betting on sustainability, empowering women and young people and fostering businesses that seek to transform productiveness and have the capacity of going a step further into the future of business”, said Ambassador Diego Paz Bustamante.
The audience of the event also counted on the attendance of representatives from the Ministry of Technologies and Communication (MITIC), the Industrial Union of Paraguay (UIP), the CONACYT, the Association of Business Incubators and Technological Parks (INCUPAR), SEPROCAL, and the Technological Park of Itaipu (PTI), among other organizations belonging to the Paraguayan entrepreneurship ecosystem.
TIC Americas constitutes of a hemispheric program that supports and promotes young entrepreneurs by giving them tools and access to markets and key contacts, and for them to become agents of change through solutions that improve the quality of life of their communities and to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In the 14 editions implemented, 45,109 young people from 48 countries have presented 20,692 proposals.
The registrations for TIC Americas 2020 are now open on the website www.ticamericas.net. The sooner the entrepreneurs register, the more benefits they will obtain by accessing trainings presented by international experts. The program also provides access to other business resources that will raise the competitive level of the projects registered by the young people of the continent.