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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 event is where designers, developers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

Startup Weekend Havana is organized locally by Merchise. As a media partner, the Cuba Journal covered last year’s event and published an article about the emerging tech scene in Cuba and Merchise’s roots to some of Cuba’s earliest technologists.

The events developed from two “digital meetups” early last year that explored the appetite for a Cuban tech/entrepreneur event in Havana.  Turns out, there is a great deal of interest in the topic, as evidenced by the fact that attendance for last year’s first Startup Weekend Havana was over capacity.

The .CO domain is returning as one of the event’s sponsors.

According to Lori Anne Wardi, Co-Founder of .CO Internet, and Vice President of Registry Services at Neustar (.CO’s parent company), “It has been incredible to watch so many historic events unfold since the last Startup Weekend in Cuba. As the country enters a new era of digital innovation, we couldn’t be more excited to be back as a Startup Weekend Sponsor — helping to develop Cuba’s ecosystem of innovators and entrepreneurs.”

Event Details


6:30pm             Registration

7:00pm             Dinner & Networking

7:30pm             Welcome & Speakers

8:00pm             Pitches Starts

9:00pm             Forming Teams

10:00pm           Begin Work


9:00am            Breakfast / Opening

9:30am            Begin Work

11:00am           Team Check-In / Requests for Help

12:00pm           Lunch

2:00pm            Coaches Arrive & Meet with Teams

6:30pm            Dinner

7:30pm             Continue Work


9:00am             Breakfast / Opening

10:00am           Team Check-In

12:00pm           Lunch

1:00pm             Coaches Arrive & Meet with Teams

3:00pm             Presentation Pre & Tech Check

5:00pm             Final Presentations

7:30pm             Judging & Awards

10:00pm          Closing Moments

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The Second Startup Weekend Havana Takes Shape was last modified: June 20th, 2016 by Cuba Journal