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

Granma on Cuban App Developers

Granma, Cuba’s state-run newspaper, recently published an interesting article on some of the work of Cuba’s new app developers. The article is worth a read, with some help from Google translate. Here are some of the most interesting highlights: The number of Cuban developers has skyrocketed in the past five years, since the government started licensing programmers: “The permit for “Programmer of Computer Equipment” was … Continue reading Granma on Cuban App Developers

The Struggle of the Cuentapropista

Ask any Cuban what they’d like to improve in their country and most don’t know where to start. A few will rattle off half a dozen ideas, but when pressed for solutions often draw a blank. The most enterprising Cubans, however, have already selected the problems they want to solve and are taking their ideas from idea to invention. They face myriad challenges, but many … Continue reading The Struggle of the Cuentapropista

Six Havana Restaurants Cuban Innovators Must Look to for Inspiration

The innovation scene in Cuba is just beginning to emerge, with teams creating new websites, apps, and even design shops on a weekly basis. It’s an exciting place to be, but many innovators are uncertain of how to move forward. Cuba is a complex and ever-changing landscape, lacking a path for them to follow. Fortunately, this new class of innovators does have one thing they can look … Continue reading Six Havana Restaurants Cuban Innovators Must Look to for Inspiration

Smerconish on Cuba: “It’s All Different Shades of Gray”

Photo copyright Christopher P. Baker Michael Smerconish, radio host, CNN anchor and journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, recently traveled to Cuba with this his family for a chance to see the country before it inevitably changes. This wasn’t the first trip for Smerconish—he had previously traveled to the island nearly fifteen years prior to interview Fidel Castro. We had the opportunity to sit down with … Continue reading Smerconish on Cuba: “It’s All Different Shades of Gray”

Work In Progress: Cuban Government Poised to Permit Small Business

On May 24 the Communist Party of Cuba published the conclusions of the Party Congress held in April 2016, the most important of which is that the Party envisions a role for micro, small and medium size businesses in the Cuban economy. This reference is a significant acknowledgment that non-state owned companies could contribute to Cuba’s development. This change follows initiatives in recent years authorizing … Continue reading Work In Progress: Cuban Government Poised to Permit Small Business