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10x10KCuba Contest Application Is Now Available!

Ric Herrero

#CubaNow Press Release

May 16, 2016

Dear friends,

Last month we announced the launch of 10x10KCuba, an international competition to help Cuba’s best and brightest entrepreneurs integrate into the global startup community. In a first-of-its-kind contest, #CubaNow, Cuba Emprende Foundation, Startup Angels, Cambridge Innovation Center of Miami and others are coming together to give Cuban startups a chance to win resources and mentorship that will help them succeed in Cuba’s changing technological landscape.

Today, we’re happy to announce that the application for 10x10KCuba is now available for download at Applicants should complete and submit their applications by July 15th, 2016 in order to be considered for participation in this program. A total of 10 winners will be selected and announced this fall.

For more information, visit

Thank you and best of luck,

Ric HerreroExecutive Director, #CubaNow-

10x10KCuba In The News

TechCrunch: 10x10KCuba Competition Looks To Boost “Cuba’s Best And Brighest Tech Minds With An Offer Of Mentorship And Potential Financing.” “President Obama’s bold new course on Cuban policy is paving the way for emerging tech to blossom in the country. A new entrepreneurial competition, 10x10KCuba, hopes to uncover Cuba’s best and brightest tech minds with an offer of mentorship and potential financing…The new initiative teams #CubaNow with the Cuba Emprende Foundation, 500 Startups and TechStars and will provide to 10 fledgling startups web services, laptops and guaranteed internships with accelerator programs in the U.S. and Latin America.” [TechCrunch, “Angel investors hope to find the best and brightest in Cuba’s emerging tech scene,” 4/14/16]

10x10KCuba Will Also Help “Scout Out Hidden Talent” In Cuba, Where Entrepreneurs Have Sought Out Different Approaches To Tech Problems.
 “10x10KCuba is a bridge for struggling Cuban founders, but also helps angel investors and accelerator programs scout out hidden talent in a country that has been largely isolated from modern technology and has had to take a different approach to technological problems. The country is struggling to communicate with the rest of the world and with each other. Broadband Internet doesn’t exist there and cell phones are rare (about 11 percent of the country has a mobile phone). The competition is a chance to help develop the tech ecosystem and bring Cuba into the 21st century. [TechCrunch, “Angel investors hope to find the best and brightest in Cuba’s emerging tech scene,” 4/14/16]-

Miami Herald: 10x10KCuba Competition Will Provide Winning Cuban Entrepreneurs With Resources And Contacts To Advance Their Businesses. “The new international competition is a call to innovation for the island’s emerging technology sector, which seeks to help talented programmers and entrepreneurs in Cuba integrate into the global startup community. Entrepreneurship organizations Cuba Emprende Foundation and #CubaNow teamed up with well-known names in tech including 500 Startups, Techstars and Stanford University as well as Startup Angels, Mano and Cambridge Innovation Center Miami to develop this initiative. The contest will provide the winning Cuban entrepreneurs with resources that will help them advance their businesses and connect with international technology leaders and financial supporters.” [Miami Herald, “Investor, entrepreneur groups announce contest for Cuban entrepreneurs,” 4/14/16]