Ten very talented Costa Rican entrepreneurs will participate in the State Department-sponsored Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI). Among the group, there is a beer maker, a bathing suit producer, and a coffee shop owners, all true reflections of Costa Rica’s entrepreneurial spirit.
The YLAI program will take 10 Costa Rican entrepreneurs for five weeks to the United States to expand their social projects and businesses. Participants will also be able share their knowledge and best practices with U.S. companies and organizations.
YLAI represents the United States’ commitment to fostering innovation, trade, and investment in the region. According to U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, this program “takes our business culture, entrepreneurship, and innovation to Latin America so our countries will continue to prosper together.”
Two hundred and fifty young entrepreneurs from 23 Latin American and Caribbean countries will participate in YLAI 2017. They will begin in Atlanta, Georgia then continue on to different cities in the United States where host companies will share with them entrepreneurial and business best practices.
The program will end in Washington D.C. with a summit focused on leadership and the development of business skills. These young entrepreneurs will return to their companies with new tools and continuous support from their U.S. counterparts. The program underscores our ongoing commitment to strengthening commercial ties between the United States and Costa Rica.