The Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas - TIC Americas- organized by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is a business accelerator platform for young entrepreneurs that foster their business ideas and start-ups. TIC Americas provides guidance, training, mentoring, seed capital, investment and access to a wide international network.
Regardless of the level of the solution and business model, this program is tailored to help entrepreneurs in their journey to scalability and sustainability. Every year top innovative business solutions are identified; entrepreneurs are trained and receive mentorship to foster a more sustainable and inclusive development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2007, more than 35,400 young entrepreneurs from 48 countries have participated in TIC Americas, registering a total of 16,115 business proposals.
Since 2009, TIC Americas, in alliance with PepsiCo Beverages Latin America developed the Eco-Challenge, a special environmental category within TIC Americas that supports sustainable development in the Western Hemisphere through environmental innovation and entrepreneurship. The Eco-Challenge addresses environmental issues that young entrepreneurs use as a reference to develop innovative solutions. In 2013, Central American Bottling Corporations (cbc) joined as sponsor of the special award Eco-Challenge Central America, and in 2014, Postobón joined as sponsor for Eco-challenge Colombia. Through its seventh editions, Eco Challenge has helped to develop 7,670 business proposals in 47 countries.
The XII Edition of TIC Americas will have two categories
1) Start-up Challenge
Additionally, there is also a special category for the CARICOM countries members:
3) The Caribbean Innovation Competition (CIC)