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 Mariel Special Development Zone, led by Benoit Croonenbergs, owner of two of the first privately-owned businesses in Mariel
  • A panel discussion and lunch at the Ludwig Foundation with the entrepreneurs behind the B2B filmmaking network Encuadre and Cuba’s first independent videogame, Savior


  • A tour and meeting with the Idania del Rio and Leire Fernandez, the founders of Cuba’s first fashion brand, Clandestina
  • A walking tour of entrepreneurship in Old Havana and a final farewell evening at the gallery-bar-restaurant-nightclub-music venue, the Fabrica de Arte Cubano


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Attendees included Presidents and CEOs from industries including manufacturing, publishing, sales and marketing, tech, real estate, and business services. They had this to say about the trip:

“The visit exceeded my expectations—I now see business opportunities both in Cuba and here in the US.” – Vance Patterson, President, Patterson Fan Company


“Innovadores is a wonderful and accomplished team doing great work in improving Cuban American relationships.” – Jai Koranchath, President, ndVOR Solutions


“Innovadores has their finger on the pulse of what’s happening right now.” – Vigdis Erikson, Founder and CEO, Eriksen Translations Inc.


If you’re serious about getting involved in Cuba and would like to participate in our next excursion, Contact Us.


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