Quito, December 2017. The Ecuadorian entrepreneur Guillermo Jarrín Mora, represented the country before the United Nations (UN) in the so-called “Entrepreneurship Week: Start-Ups For SDG's”, where the 10 finalist enterprises from different parts of the world that are an example of how to align to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were brought together.
TippyTea Blends was selected among the 10 best ventures worldwide, aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations, in order to be part of the panel in the ninth session "INVESTMENT, ENTERPRISE AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION", together with authorities from different countries like Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises of Social Economy and Handicrafts of Cameroon; Abdoulie Touray, President of the Gambia Global Entrepreneurship Network; and Beng’i Issa, Executive Secretary of the National Empowerment Council, from Tanzania and Alexander Osterwalder, CEO and Founder of Strategyzer, creator of the Business model canvas. Guillermo Jarrín, founder of TippyTea Blends was present.
Guillermo Jarrín, Commercial Engineer in Marketing and Tea Sommelier, is an Ecuadorian entrepreneur who created the company Tippytea Blends, which makes and serves world-class tea blends, mostly using socially responsible products. Tippytea Blends works with communities in the Cotacachi area, these communities make up approximately 250 families, and around 100 women are in charge of the cultivation of certified organic herbal and fruit plants.
In 2016, the Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (AEI) recognized TippyTea Blends as the Best Entrepreneurship of the Year. To obtain this recognition, the company underwent a rigorous qualification carried out by a strategic committee, made up by the Centro de Estudios para la Integración Económica (Centre for Economic Integration Studies) , and a team of multilateral institutions among which were the Development Bank of Latin America - CAF, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Thanks to this recognition, Tippytea Blends will now represent Ecuador before the United Nations (UN) in the so-called "Entrepreneurship Week: Start-Ups For SDG's", where it brings together entrepreneurs from around the world that are an example of how to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
"Thanks to these recognitions we can further strengthen the alliances that we have locally and we hope to generate new alliances at an international level," says Guillermo Jarrín.