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The Young Americas Business Trust, a non profit organization that works in cooperation with the Organization of American States, invites you to participate or nominate a colleague, as a judge in the Talent and Innovation Challenge of the Americas (TIC Americas). TIC Americas presents awards as an international business competition and accelerator for young entrepreneurs.

YABT is actively seeking professional volunteers from the Americas and the world to participate as a Judge in the On-line Semi-Finals Competition and the On-site Finals.

For the On-line Semi-Finals all participant teams from the region will submit their business plans to be judged on-line. Approximately 25 teams will be selected to participate in the On-Site Finals in Asuncion, Paraguay, in June 2013. TIC Americas Finals will be an official activity of the OAS General Assembly..

YABT is therefore requesting that if you are interesting in being a judge for one or both phases of the competition please contact Ana Torres, YABT Program Officer Email, with a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume. If you have participated as a Judge in previous TIC Americas it's not necessary to send your CV.

Eligibility / Responsibilities

• On-line Judges must be able to read and understand English, Spanish or Portuguese in order to provide an accurate evaluation of the Business Plans since all documentations will be submitted in one of these languages.
• Finalists teams will present to the Judges in English, so on-site Judges must be able to read and understand English.
• Experienced professionals whose skill sets make them amply qualified to carryout the judging of business plans submitted by contestants of TIC Americas.
• Judges will each arrive at their scores independently and will not discuss their scores or opinions prior to the scores' compilation.
• Judges agree to score contestants fully and impartially based on the technical quality and presentation of the business plan and performance during the competition and without regard to nationality, age, institution and other discriminatory factors.
• All judges are required to sign a legally binding confidentiality and disclosure agreement prior to judging the business plans as well as agree to abide by the TIC - Americas Rules and Terms of Reference established by YABT.
• Judges will be responsible for providing feedback after the Semi-Finals and Finals to assist the participating teams in identifying areas for improvement.
• YABT may appoint a Judges Committee to coordinate the work of the judging teams and the process during on-line Semi-Finals and on-site Finals.
• Once you indicate your interest, YABT can provide you with more detailed information including how the teams will be evaluated.

Rules, Terms and Conditions are available at TIC Americas website at

We would appreciate you passing this information on to professionals who may be interested in participating in this opportunity towards the development of the youth of the Americas.

Please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns. For more information please contact Ana Torres, YABT Program Officer email