On the Ground in Cuba: Quarter 1 Update, 2017

Subscribe here to receive our Quarterly Updates via email. It was a big quarter for the Innovadores team. The year started off with our private rooftop New Year’s party hosted by one of Havana’s best DJ’s and ended with our organization being featured on the cover of Cuba Trade Magazine (below). But it hasn’t all been parties and photoshoots. We’ve been working hard with our … Continue reading On the Ground in Cuba: Quarter 1 Update, 2017

Clandestina Hits the Runway at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano

This past Saturday the Cuban fashion brand and design shop Clandestina 99% Diseño Cubano hit the runway and hosted their “Se Acabó el Drama” fashion show at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano. Founded by Leire Fernandez and Cuban designer Idania Del Rio, the Clandestina brand is known for their mix of bright colors, hip design, clever humor, and of course a little bit of Cuban … Continue reading Clandestina Hits the Runway at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano

Back from Havana

I got a memory reminder from Facebook–I generally hate them–but this at least helped me place a watershed moment in Cuban-American relations…the day I met John Caulfield. In the two years since, the Innovadores has blossomed under John and Jono’s efforts, and I have played a small part in assisting them. I’m back from Havana this time feeling so alive with optimism. Ok its measured, … Continue reading Back from Havana

The Business Owners Council Visits Cuba with Innovadores

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. The trip included: A meeting with Scott Hamilton, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy, at the US Ambassador’s residence A trip to the … Continue reading The Business Owners Council Visits Cuba with Innovadores

Ringing in the New Year in Havana

The start of an annual tradition, this winter Innovadores organized a New Year’s trip to Havana Cuba for a group of 10 young professionals in the fields of design, marketing, engineering, tech, and architecture. In addition to the regular Innovadores activities—including meetings with entrepreneurs, a tour of Old Havana, and dinners with Cuban creators—this trip focused two of the most interesting areas of Cuban culture … Continue reading Ringing in the New Year in Havana

Google Signs Deal with Cuba to Speed its Services

Yesterday, Google signed a deal with the Cuban government to increase the speed of service for some of the company’s most popular services. This comes a week after a story leaked indicating that the Obama administration was pushing deals between the Cuban government and both GE and Google. It comes just days after Alphabet Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was spotted in one of Havana’s … Continue reading Google Signs Deal with Cuba to Speed its Services

Innovadores Cuba Delegation Winter 2016

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 … Continue reading Innovadores Cuba Delegation Winter 2016

New Indiegogo Campaign Launches to Fund Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Josuhe Pagliery, the designer and artist behind Empty Head Games, today launched Cuba’s first Indiegogo campaign to back his new videogame, Savior. Created by his studio Empty Head Games, Savior is a 2D platformed that, when launched, will be Cuba’s first independent videogame. The $10,000 campaign will fund the development of the playable demo, to be released early next year. This is a big step … Continue reading New Indiegogo Campaign Launches to Fund Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Reigniting Havana: Neon Returns to the City

A pair of Cuban have embarked on an illuminating (sorry) art project here in Havana, the LA Times reports. The two are reigniting the lost neon signs that covered Havana in the 1950’s. Back then, it was something of the Las Vegas of the Caribbean—or, more accurately, Las Vegas became the Havana of the United States after the 1958 Revolution when the new Cuban government … Continue reading Reigniting Havana: Neon Returns to the City