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TIC Bolivia finalists lead projects for sustainable development
Cochabamba, Bolivia

Twenty (20) entrepreneurs from different regions of Bolivia exposed the impact of its innovative projects in the National Talent and Innovation Competition – TIC Bolivia, the first official activity of the XLII OAS General Assembly held on May 31st and June 1st in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

TIC Bolivia is a program organized by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and is based on the Talent and Innovation Challenges of the Americas program (TIC Americas) that awards innovative business plans, and has been developed since 2007 under the OAS General Assembly and recently in the Summits of the Americas.

The nomination of participants was coordinated with the Bolivian Government, through the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Productive Development and Plural Economy, national and international institutions leading entrepreneurship programs; furthermore, young Bolivians registered in previous TIC Americas participated. More than 450 young people participated with 150 business proposals and the 20 most innovative and viable projects competed at the Finals in Cochabamba.

The first day of the event was focused on the Teams Evaluations to the committee of judges, consisted by national and international business experts. The evaluation process was carried out in conjunction to the Expo where the finalists showcased their projects to national and international authorities, OAS representatives, media, investors and general public during the two-day event. The opening ceremony was attended by Ambassador Albert Ramdin, OAS Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Diego Pary, Representative of Bolivia to the OAS and Luis Viguria, CEO of the Young Americas Business Trust, who welcomed the finalists, judges, authorities and the general attendees.

On the second day, young people from Cochabamba and the country were invited to integrate with the finalists of the competition and participate in the Conferences which featured keynote presentations on programs that offers support to entrepreneurs, such as intellectual property, formalization of businesses, financial education and corporate social responsibility, so that young people could interact directly with experts and access to resources. A special session on "Best Practices in the Hemisphere" was provided by international guests, Juan Pablo Gutierrez from Directorio Verde (Argentina) and Ricardo Mansilla from Clic Educa (Chile), who reiterated his commitment with the development of the region announcing 1,000 (one thousand) free licenses from his enterprise that created a teaching software that responds to global high quality needs.

By the end of the conferences, it was held a Youth Dialogue to follow up the III Young Americas Forum, moderated by Nathalia Prada from Rutgers University, where the young people of Bolivia joined to the Plan of Implementation to the Declaration of Cartagena. The recommendations of young people preceding the Youth Dialogue were presented by Monica Orellana, who represented the youth of Bolivia, in the Dialogue between Heads of Delegation and Civil Society XLII General Assembly of the OAS on June 3 in the Municipality of Tiquipaya.

The Award Ceremony initiated with the visit to the expo of José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the OAS, who traditionally meets each of the creative and innovative finalists. "This type of activity is one that can really make people of our countries develop sustainably," said the Secretary General in his speech. The ceremony also was attended by Eliav Benjamin, Conselor for Political Affairs of the Embassy of Israel in the US, Lourdes Espinoza, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, and Roy Thomasson, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Young Americas Business Trust.

The winners of the competition were as follows: EducaTIC Bolivia for best Social Impact, Hevea for Best Environmental Impact and Recicla Arte y Madera, for best Economic Impact and for the Audience Favorite award. Special recognitions were also awarded in the ceremony, the Spirit of Entrepreneurship recognitions were awarded to SENTI-TEC, Renova and Eco Guitarra.

Meet the winning projects by clicking here.

YABT and the OAS congratulate the winners and finalists of TIC Bolivia , and also acknowledge the support of institutions and companies that contributed to the development of the program, also invites Bolivian entrepreneurs to reach out for TIC Americas 2013 to be announced in August this year.

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Special thanks to:

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia
Ministerio de Desarrollo Productivo y Economía Plural
Ministerio de Educación del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia
Consejo Departamental de Competitividad de Cochabamba
Cámara Departamental de Industria
Cámara de Comercio y Servicios de Cochabamba
Federación de Entidades Empresariales Privadas de Cochabamba
Fondo de la Comunidad
Legal y Negocios
Universidad Privada Boliviana
Fundación Emprender
Fundación Avina
Fundación Trabajo Empresa
Directorio Verde
Fundación Nuevo Norte
Hotel La Colonia