Events and Trips
We regularly support trips to Havana to connect leading talent in Cuba with the greatest minds in the US.
April 2018: NYC:HAV Innovation Forum, presented by Innovadores and Grand Central Tech
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Past Events and Trips
Another group of Innovadores supporters visited the island in May, both for a chance to see Cuba and to meet with candidates for our 2017 internship program. The group, hailing from the US and Canada, were members of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO), an international network of founders and business owners.
In March, Innovadores led another trip to Havana for some of the United States’s leading entrepreneurs, all members of the New York-based entrepreneurial network the Business Owners Council. The visit explored the breadth and depth of Cuban innovation and entrepreneurship.
This year the Innovadores foundation started an annual tradition and sponsored a team in the Havana marathon, know as the Marabana (catchy). It was a ton of fun and a one-of-a-kind way to see the city. The event drew over 5000 competitors from all over Cuba and the world.
In November, the Innovadores team took another trip to Havana with a team of leading entrepreneurs and businessmen to assess the state of tech, design and entrepreneurship. The visit included a briefing from US Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, a roundtable discussion with Cuban entrepreneurs, a meeting with Idania Del Rio at her clothing and design shop Clandestina, visits with entrepreneurs and teams working in Havana, and a trip to the Fabrica de Arte Cubano with the Innovadores interns.
This past April, Innovadores visited Cuba to meet with the next round of candidates for our 2016 internship program. Below are Innovadores advisor Eileen Scully’s observations on Cuba and what it’s like for female innovators.
One of the first things you notice upon arrival in Havana is how highly Cubans value their artists. Starting in primary school, art and music are a core element in education–not an optional or occasional indulgence as in the US.
Greg Matusky traveled to Cuba in February 2015 as an advisor to Innovadores, for a chance to meet with some of the promising innovators on the island.
Cuba represents a huge, untapped market for American businesses and marketers. Located only 90 miles from Key West with a population nearly three times that of Puerto Rico and a literacy rate higher than here in the US, Cuba holds vast promise. But is it even realistic to pursue business in this island nation? I was fortunate enough to travel to Cuba with the Innovadores Foundation this past February to assess the risks.