Business and Entrepreneurship in Cuba (September 2017)
Day 1: The Cuba of Yesterday
Before diving into entrepreneurship scene just now emerging in Cuba, attendees will get the chance to learn about how Cuba has changed over the past 100 years. We’ll exporte the Cuban government’s most recent attempts to encourage entrepreneurship and foreign investment, including private restaurants, bed and breakfasts, jointly-owned hotels, and the Mariel Special Investment Zone—the only place on the island where foreign groups can incorporate entirely private companies.
Day 2: Meet the Resolvers
Resolver is commonly used to describe Cuba. It refers to Cuban’s uncanny ability to use creative problem-solving in the face of adversity, whether it’s jerry-rigging a car or a company. Today we meet some of the makers and creators that are taking resolver one step further—who aren’t just fixing, but are instead creating something new, exciting, and unique. Participants will include designers, programmers, game developers, shop owners, restaurateurs, journalists, and real estate managers.
Day 3: Cuba Now
Attendees will now have a chance to meet there entrepreneurs where they work. We’ll travel throughout Havana to visit some of the most interesting privately-run businesses, restaurants, stores, and workshops. Not only is it a chance to meet the New Cuba, it’s a great opportunity to get a truly unique souvenir—whether it’s one-of-a-kind art, jewelry, t-shirts…or a tattoo. After the tour, we’ll visit one of the most popular and interesting venues in Havana: The Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), a warehouse-sized art gallery, music venue, lounge, bar, and restaurant.