About TIC Americas

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 to foster their business ideas and start-ups. TIC Americas provides guidance, training, mentoring, seed capital, investment and 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 growth. Every year top innovative business solutions are identified trained and coached to foster more sustainable and inclusive development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Since 2007, more than 45,109 young entrepreneurs from 48 countries have participated in TIC Americas, registering a total of 29,692 business proposals.


1) Eco-Challenge

2) Start-up Challenge

3) Caribbean Innovation Challenge

Who This Program Is For

TIC Americas is open to all the youth between 18 and 34 years old.

Why TIC Americas is Different

  • International visibility
  • Training and access to useful tools
  • International mentors
  • Access to private investors
  • Participation in other international competitions
  • Services and activities to follow up
  • Finals take place within the framework of activites of the General Assembly of the OAS and the Summit of the Americas
What are the requirements?
It depends on the category you are participating, click here to find out. 

How does it work?

The TIC Americas has three phases:

1)   Business Training and Mentoring 

As part of the program, all registered participants will have access to online and onsite training opportunities. The online training opportunities are available on the Business Opportunity Online Training Camp (BOOT Camp) upon registration in the competition. This virtual tool is designed to help students and young entrepreneurs to apply key business skills that will allow them to create and grow their businesses to successfully excel in today’s global challenges.

2)   Semi-finals 

After a successful completion of the application process according to the terms and conditions established by this competition, all registered teams enter an online evaluation phase where an international panel of judges will evaluate the teams according to the evaluation criteria established by the competition.

3)   Finals

TIC Americas Finalist Teams will pitch their business solution to an Evaluation Committee, following the Finals Presentation Structure of the Competition. Finalists also have the opportunity to showcase and promote their innovative solution in the TIC Americas Expo, where they will be provided with a booth to present their project to the public and may have access to media, investors, and public and private sector representatives.
TIC Americas 2018 will take place within the framework of the Sumit of the Americas.

TIC Americas Alumni

Once all Tic Americas participants have finalized the process, they join one of the most important networks in Latin America and the Caribbean, where entrepreneurs have access to new training opportunities, access to new markets, investors and are also invited to participate in conferences and international competitions.

TIC Americas en numeros

14 Editions

2019 - Medellin, Colombia

2018 - Lima, Peru

2017 - Cancun, Mexico

2016 - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2015 - Panama City, Panama

2014 - Asuncion, Paraguay

2013 - Antigua, Guatemala

2012 - Cartagena, Colombia

2012 - Cochabamba, Bolivia

2011 - San Salvador, El Salvador

2010 - Lima, Peru

2009 - San Pedro Sula, Honduras

2008 - Medellin, Colombia

2007 - Panama City, Panama