Young Americas Business Trust (YABT)
Each year Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and the Talent and Innovation Contest (TIC) Americas presents awards as an international business plan competition and accelerator for young entrepreneurs. A non-profit corporation, YABT is affiliated with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), and aims to advance the goals of the OAS and Presidential Summits of the Americas to create employment opportunities and reduce poverty by supporting and promoting youth entrepreneurship. Currently, YABT also has National YABTs and representatives in twenty-five countries in the Americas.
TIC Americas presents awards as an international business plan competition and accelerator for young entrepreneurs. The TIC Americas model goes beyond business plans to include extended training, mentoring, and prototype phases to test the project’s feasibility in the real market. Awards include financial prizes, incubation, internships, as well as promotional and networking opportunities in seven awards areas: E-Business, Creative Design, Tradition and Culture, Spirit of Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, New Markets and International Alliance. These initiatives will develop the extraordinary business potential of innovative young entrepreneurs and scientists, in collaboration with sponsors globally and from the thirty-four Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS).
In 2008 Robert was selected to be a Business Plan Judge at the Talent and Innovation Contest (TIC) held in Medellin, Colombia. In 2009 Robert was again selected to be a Business Plan Judge for the event which was held in Honduras. In 2008 he was a mentor to the TIC Business Plan contest winners.