Tour in Support of the Cuban People
Mutiny Lab: Cuba
An Innovation Retreat to Explore Design and Entrepreneurship in Cuba
Mutiny Lab: Cuba, Innovation Retreat
Spend 5 Days and 4 Nights in Havana, Cuba with fellow thought leaders, designers, and researchers. Havana is a magnificent city, get inspired by its timeworn architecture and inventive people. (Read Lonely Planet’s guide on Cuba.)
Add on 3 days to explore Trinidad, Cuba, a UNESCO world heritage site and a traditional Caribbean city four hours from Havana. Here we’ll explore industry outside of the capital—arts, music, and marine tourism.
*Do not buy your airline tickets until specifically confirmed to do so by Springboard Cuba.
Innovation Retreat, Main Program
Mutiny Labs: Cuba
Location: Havana, Cuba
Upon arrival at Havana International Airport (HAV) you will be greeted by your Cuban guides before heading straight to your Casas Particulares to get settled.
Check in to your Casas Particulares (Bed & Breakfasts) a new form of private enterprise in Cuba, affording homeowners and individuals new employment opportunities, higher wages, and increased independence from the state.
Immersion into the Cuban Experience
Sunset drinks on the famous Malecón, Havana’s seawall.
Welcome dinner in Old Havana. We’ll chat with the owner and with a Cuban professor of economics to learn how history and reality collide.
Scarcity + Design
Creative Entrepreneurship in Cuba. The first stop is Lab 26, a designers’ collective that combines architecture, design, and art. It is run by renowned Cuban architect Vilma Bartolomé.
Business Consulting in Cuba. We’ll be met by Oniel Diaz, managing partner at Kreab Cuba, to learn about business consulting and investment in Cuba.
Scarcity in everyday situations. We’ll meet Adis and Lorena to learn about running an Airbnb on the island, they’ll teach us how to grocery shop and make cocktails.
Lunch at Río Mar overlooking the bay.
Design Under Scarcity in San Isidro. Visit Galería Taller Gorria and San Isidro to learn how gallery and cultural projects created by famous Cuban actor Jorge Perugorría have turned their neighborhood into Havana’s Art District.
Sunset ride in the iconic American classic cars from the 1950s.
Dinner at La Guarida paladar. One of the city’s best restaurants, famous for its delectable dining, historic ambiance, and also for the location for the iconic Cuban film Strawberry and Chocolate.
Entrepreneurship Under Duress
Design Workshop. Meet local designers and software developers for a cross-national workshop.
“La Caldosa” break. 30-minute break to share refreshments prepared by Adis and Lorena with the products you bought at the market the day before.
Lunch at Havana’s hippest rooftop bar, Jesus María 20
Business site visits within Old Havana.A local expert will venture with you through Old Havana’s Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not just a history tour, this trip we will learn about local businesses, meet their owners and hear their stories and perspectives.
Rum and cigar tasting. A local expert will explain the qualities and traits of fine Cuban rum and cigars, pairing them together for the perfect match. We’ll invite the local software designers we met earlier to join us for rum + cigar tasting.
Dinner on your own. Recommendations will be provided.
Collaboration + discussions with entrepreneurs. Separating into small teams for hands-on, intimate discussions with Cuban entrepreneurs.
Lunch with entrepreneurs
Tour Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), the country’s most successful venue for live music, art expos, and fashion shows and has become a meeting spot for a young, eclectic crowd of Cubans and foreigners. Following the tour and discussion, experience FAC’s nightlife options.
Guided Discussion Group brainstorm and journaling session—reflect on everything you saw during the week and put your ideas on paper. What new business ideas come to mind as a result?
February 13-17th, 2021
Join Us in Cuba
Take 5 days this spring to explore Cuban entrepreneurship and design culture. Tack on 3 days to explore music, art, and marine ecology in Trinidad, Cuba. Walk away with inspiration and a few new friends.
The itinerary is subject to change
Note, all venues, speakers and artist’s studios are subject to final confirmations. Be assured any changes made will be done to enhance the total program as well as to promote the smooth operation of the tour.