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 39,777 young entrepreneurs from 48 countries have participated in TIC Americas, registering a total of 19,516 business proposals.
1) Start-up 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
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.
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.
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.
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