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

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

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

The 2016 Innovadores Interns

Above: Innovadores Class of 2016 interns Ruben Rosquete, Laura Gutierrez, and Raynel Gonzalez (left) with Class of 2015 interns Gabriel Garcia, Gabriela Rodriguez, and Raul Saunders (right) with Innovadores Foundation Director Jonathan Matusky (center). For the second year of our exchange program, the we’re once again sending three brilliant Cuban students to the United States to work at one of the premier startup incubators in … Continue reading The 2016 Innovadores Interns

We did this: Innovadores Year One

The Innovadores Team: Miles Spencer, Jonathan Matusky and John Caulfield on the streets of Havana in April 2016 Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead The Innovadores Foundation just completed the most amazing year of progress, thanks in no small part to that small team, and the support of … Continue reading We did this: Innovadores Year One

Cuba Delegation Spring 2016: Women, Cuba, and the Business Climate

Above: Eileen Scully (second from left) with Innovadores interns Raul, Gabriela and Gabriel 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 … Continue reading Cuba Delegation Spring 2016: Women, Cuba, and the Business Climate

What’s in a Name?

Sometimes you hit it with a name. Often, you don’t. After much thought, we decided to rename our recently named CAA Foundation as the “Innovadores Foundation” . This was to not to confuse ourselves further with the CIA when dealing with an island nation whose last fifty years were spent not exactly loving that branch of our government. Seems prudent, no? We often would get looks in official … Continue reading What’s in a Name?