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WINNERS OF THE TALENT AND INNOVATION COMPETITION 2011
San Salvador, El Salvador
June 3rd, 2011


The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), in cooperation with the Organization of American States, the Dirección Nacional de Juventud of El Salvador, PepsiCo, and Citi El Salvador awarded the winners of the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas 2011) on Friday June 3, 2011 in San Salvador, El Salvador.

TIC Americas Finals were held at the Hilton Princess Hotel on 2nd and 3rd June, prior to the XLI OAS General Assembly. TIC Americas is a program of the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), in its 2011 version includes three categories of prizes: Talent and Innovation Awards, Eco-Challenge Awards and TIC El Salvador National Awards.



Six winners from the Talent and Innovation, were awarded $5000 each, in the following categories:



Solben
Spirit of Entrepreneurship
Mexico


Clic Educa
Tradition and Culture
Chile


Rubikey
New Markets
Colombia


Medio Lleno
Social Entrepreneurship
El Salvador


Hologramas 3D
Creative Design
Uruguay


Aventones
E- Business
Mexico




The Eco-Challenge Awards 2011, funded by PepsiCo, sought for viable and innovative solutions to existing environmental problems. The winners in this category were RaxuleW from Guatemala and Verdeate.com from Colombia. Each of them was awarded with $5000 in addition to the International recognition and visibility.



RaxuleW
Eco-Challenge Awards 2011
Guatemala


Verdeate.com
Eco-Challenge Awards 2011
Colombia




The national TIC El Salvador Awards , sponsored by the Citi El Salvador and the Dirección Nacional de Juventud of El Salvador identified ideas that would contribute to improve the quality of life of Salvadoran youth. The winners of this category were: Endow Technologies, Newschool and TipSal. These teams won $2500 and five finalists received $1200 of seed capital to develop their businesses.


Endow Technologies
TIC El Salvador Awards


TipSal
TIC El Salvador Awards

Newschool
TIC El Salvador Awards


The People's Choice Award was granted to ChocoMix, of the department of San Miguel, El Salvador; a recognition of for an outstanding Green Business was presented to Uumbali, from Mexico.



ChocoMix
People's Choice Award
El Salvador


Uumbali
Outstanding Green Business
Mexico


The competition winners will receive a strengthening and improving support services. TIC Americas is an international competition for business creation and accelerator for young entrepreneurs that goes beyond developing a business plan which include monitoring, international visibility, networking and market opening.

For more information contact Carlos Mario Lopez, Program Manager YABT to the mail cmlopez@oas.org or the telephone +1 202 458 3290 in Washington D.C.
TIC Americas 2011