Andrés Dominguez Dillon from Florida and Iván Sosa Lazarenko from Costa Rica have taken the grand prize of $50,000, as well as a packet of business support services valued at over $100,000 for their company Natural Sins Ltda. The Pavas-based firm produces and sells baked fruit snacks.
They were so honored after presenting their product in a contest set up by the U.S. Department of State. The contest is called the La Idea Business Pitch Competition.
Also sponsoring is the U.S. Agency for International Development. The State Department said there were 883 entries from 16 countries. The 16 finalists gave their presentations in Miami, Florida.
The competition is directed at Latin America.
Natural Sin is expected to use the money to gain access for its products in major supermarkets in the United States.
The Pavas firm markets fruits and vegetables that have been dehydrated. The products include pineapple, mango, lemon, oranges, kiwi, coconut, apple pears, ayote, beets and carrots, said the U.S. Embassy here in a release.