Cuba Lands in New York City: Innovadores Update, July 2017

This week marks another milestone for Innovadores: for the third year in a row, our Cuban interns started their internships in New York City. Our interns this year are: Alicia Rodríguez Milhet, fourth year Industrial Engineering major at the Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana (CUJAE) Gabriela Hernández Rodríguez, fifth year Industrial Design major at the Instituto Superior de Diseño (ISDI) Alessa Pérez Roque, fifth year … Continue reading Cuba Lands in New York City: Innovadores Update, July 2017

Innovadores Interns Prepare for their Trip to New York City

Photo: The 2017 Innovadores interns are welcomed into the program by interns from the past two summers. Front row: Gabriela (class of 2015), Gabriela, Alicia, and Alessa; back row: Raynel (class of 2016), Ruben (class of 2016) and David. We’ve officially selected the 2017 Innovadores interns! This year, four of Cuba’s brightest students will join us for an all-expenses-paid six-week internship in New York City. … Continue reading Innovadores Interns Prepare for their Trip to New York City

Selecting the Next Class of Innovadores

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. It was a quick visit–just two days–with time built in for the group to discuss … Continue reading Selecting the Next Class of Innovadores

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 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

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?

Innovadores de Cuba: Chapter One

We said goodbye to our three interns: Gabriel, Gabriella, and Raul a few hours ago after touring AAAS in Washington DC. If all goes well, they will touch down in Havana in 24 hours, totally transformed by their time here. At lunch today I was impressed with how humble and smart these kids are. They were literally plucked from Havana six weeks ago, became media sensations … Continue reading Innovadores de Cuba: Chapter One