This Cuban Startup Has A Simple Solution For Tackling Friction In Transactions

This Cuban Startup Has A Simple Solution For Tackling Friction In Transactions

What could be better than a new and simple way to buy and sell items locally in Cuba using only mobile devices? With Cuba’s economy still heavily dependent on the central government for supplies and distribution networks, finding products and services can be difficult especially when inventories are inconsistent and fragmented. Merkat is an app … Read more

Merchise Secures Sponsorships for Second Startup Weekend Havana

Merchise Secures Sponsorships for Second Startup Weekend Havana

The second Startup Weekend Havana, taking place in Havana Aug 5-7, has secured more sponsors. The current sponsors are: .CO @dotCO Dell @dell EngageCuba @Engage_Cuba HealthX Ventures @HealthXVentures Gener8tor @gener8tor CubaOutsource @CubaOutsource Merchise Startup Circle, the Havana-based group organizing the event, has secured a prime venue at the recently-re-branded Sheraton 5th Ave. The Sheraton announced … Read more

Policy Isn’t Cuba’s Entrepreneurship Bottleneck – It’s Business Programs

Policy Isn’t Cuba’s Entrepreneurship Bottleneck – It’s Business Programs

By Wes Wagner At first, the sunlit logo of a thriving private business seemed ironic beside the shadowed poster of the communist president, Raul Castro. Upon closer inspection, the juxtaposition made sense–the poster of Raul actually contained an endorsement of private business. In English, it read: “Cuba counts on cuentapropistas as the engine of future … Read more

The Second Startup Weekend Havana Takes Shape

The Second Startup Weekend Havana Takes Shape

The second Startup Weekend Havana is planned for August 5-7 in Havana. Startup Weekend organizes high-impact, experiential events that foster entrepreneurship and community building in every corner of the world.  As of last year, the organization hosted 200,00 budding entrepreneurs at 2,900 Startup Weekend events, in 501 cities, and in 150 countries. The organization’s 54-hour … Read more

A Major Tech Conference in Cuba

A Major Tech Conference in Cuba

Above: A female tourist is video conferencing on a tablet computer while seated in a small Internet lounge at the Hotel Palco in Havana on May 2, 2016. PHOTO: GERARD BEST By Gerard Best From May 2 to 6, some 700 technology experts and professionals from across the region gather in western Havana for the annual meeting of the Internet … Read more