The Eco-Challenge is a special category of TIC Americas that promotes sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean through the identification, acceleration and exposure of innovative entrepreneurial proposals able to positively impact the planet and people.
Since its creation in 2009, the Eco-Challenge has supported more than 28,700 young people from 34 countries, who have developed 22,832 innovative solutions that address specific priorities and challenges of the hemisphere.
To achieve its objective, the program seeks young innovators and entrepreneurs from the Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and its Associate Member States, who through their innovative and sustainable solutions contribute to a change that improves our human capital, value chains and business models.
Helping farmers, producers, and consumers to understand the principles of sustainability, the impact of climate change, and the benefits of regenerative agriculture. Promote social mobility, gender equity and social inclusion.
Supporting value chains, from producer to consumer, to improve sustainability, reduce environmental impact and carbon footprints, as well as, to optimize the use of water and recycling of plastics.
Free resources for young entrepreneurs with many tools to develop business plans, financial viability, marketing strategies, planning, administration, finances and much more.Enter here
"Thanks to TIC Americas, we learned about the impact an idea can have when it receives the right support."
"One of the greatest benefits was learning and identifying key points such as, marketing and sales strategies, communicating ideas and technical concepts in a simple and clear way (...), as well as generating links with more participants from the competition."
"The Eco-Challenge showed us that our ideas are valuable, and that with discipline and initiative we can achieve what we set out to do."
"Thanks to TIC Americas we learned a lot through the seminars and training (...), the monetary prize made us promote our venture on a larger scale".
"I got great learning and networking opportunities, engaging with authorities from my country, the OAS and other entrepreneurs at various events; the judges' support improved my business idea and I was able to pivot."
"Although we were not winners of the program, we were able to increase our knowledge regarding commercial strategy, sustainable work, and other areas, which allowed us to achieve the growth of our venture."
"Our learning was exponential, we were linked with judges and tutors from the continent who are experts in their field, who gave us feedback and the needed vision to expose our product to the international market."
Ergonominc Support System for the Use of Toilets
"Our project was internationally recognized as a plausible and commercially viable solution within the environmental and sustainable framework."
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"Thanks to TIC Americas we reached more regions and markets due to the great diffusion of the project, we learned how to communicate better, improve our strategies, increase our alliances and get more people involved in our venture".
"The Eco-Challenge represented an opportunity to validate my idea, obtain high-level mentoring, international visibility and strategic networking."
"In addition to the international visibility the program gave us, we had the opportunity to overcome new challenges according to the implementation of expert mentors' advice, generating more confidence and credibility in the national market."