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UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced the launch of the third edition of the "UPS Entrepreneurial Spirit Award" in 14 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean*. The contest, which runs from September 25th to November 9th, will award up to US$50,000 in cash and a scholarship for an executive program from INCAE Business School to the three most innovative and successful small-and-medium size enterprises (SMEs) in the region.
"SMEs play an instrumental role in the growth and development of a competitive and efficient market in Latin America. UPS has and will continue promoting SMEs in the region as well as the entrepreneurs that work tirelessly to make them successful," said Augie Picado, Vice President of Marketing UPS Americas Region. "The UPS Entrepreneurial Spirit Award seeks not only to support SMEs in continuing their path of accomplishments, but also gives SMEs a voice to share their innovative processes that have broken new grounds to success," added Picado.
In Latin America, SMEs are key drivers for employment and generate a substantial share of GDP in the region. "Participating in a contest that recognizes SMEs was not only a great opportunity for professional growth but also recognition for the hard work our employees do every day to make our business a successful story," said Juan Aguayo, business development manager for Opti Manufacturing, one of the 2010 UPS Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winners.
The UPS Entrepreneurial Spirit Award launched in Mexico for the first time in 2008 and the contest has since expanded to include 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three SMEs, as follows:
- First place - US$25,000 cash prize
- Second place - US$15,000 cash prize
- Third place - US$10,000 cash prize
In addition to the cash prizes, INCAE Business School, ranked as one of the best business schools in Latin America and recognized for its MBAs and executive education programs, has joined efforts with UPS. The first place winner will have the opportunity to be part of one of their executive programs with all expenses paid.
"SMEs play an instrumental role in the private sector growth and INCAE supports SME growth providing the necessary knowledge and education for SME owners and future entrepreneurs to better manage their businesses, be good leaders, and have an impact on their teams. At INCAE, we are proud to partner with UPS in this endeavor," said Zeidy Benavides, Executive Programs Recruitment Manager INCAE.
The contest is open to all legally registered SMEs in the participating countries that have between 10 to 250 employees and no less than two years of operation as of January 31, 2012. To participate, companies must submit a 500 word essay and complete the entry form available on the official contest Web site: www.ups.com/premiopyme.
Limited to one entry per SME, each essay received will be reviewed by a diverse panel of experts who will select the contest winners based on originality and innovation, business implementation, customer service and overall results.
For more information and a complete list of Terms and Conditions, please visit www.ups.com/premiopyme.
* The 14 Latin American participating countries are: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Puerto Rico.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, USA, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at www.UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit www.pressroom.ups.com.
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INCAE Business School is a private multinational institution, dedicated to educate and research in the field of management and economics in Latin America. It was founded in 1964, with advice from Harvard Business School and the collaboration of the private sector and the governments of the Central American countries and the United States.
INCAE Business School focuses in three key specialties: master's programs, executive seminars and applied research projects to support competitiveness in the Latin American region. It encompasses a team of teachers with doctoral degrees from schools such as Harvard University, MIT, Stanford, Yale, Oxford, among others. INCAE is currently developing joint seminars with different universities as, Harvard, Tulane, Cornell and Georgetown. For more information on INCAE Business School, please visit www.incae.edu