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Announcing the 10 Winners of the 10x10KCuba Contest

Ric Herrero

Oct 11, 2016

Contact: Ric Herrero Tel. 305-905-9452, email:

Announcing the winners of the 10x10KCuba contest to select ten of the most promising tech startups in Cuba

Miami, October 11th, 2016 - The Cuba Emprende Foundation, #CubaNow, CIC Miami, Startup Angels and Mano Americas today announced the winners of 10x10KCuba, a contest to select ten of the most promising tech-enabled businesses in Cuba. The contest drew 88 applications from Cuban entrepreneurs based in 12 of the Island’s 15 provinces.

The ten selected businesses are concentrated in mobile applications for tourism, dining, lodging and cultural services, but also include e-commerce, employment, real estate rental and customized messaging platforms.

10x10KCuba seeks to help talented programmers and entrepreneurs in Cuba integrate themselves into the startup community in the Americas, and to provide them with the resources and networks to support the growth of their businesses,” said John McIntire, Chairman of Cuba Emprende Foundation.

Co-organizer and Executive Director of #CubaNow, Ric Herrero added, “the winning entrepreneurs have the talent and resourcefulness to succeed in any tech company in the world, and we couldn’t be prouder of their commitment to grow the startup community in Cuba.”

10x10kCuba is an unprecedented collaboration among leaders at the forefront of Cuba’s growth and development in the entrepreneurial space. Its sponsors include major corporations such as American Airlines, Dell/EMC and Rackspace, foundations such as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Tinker Foundation, and features top technology accelerators such as Techstars, Boomtown, NXTP Labs, 500 Startups and Stanford University School of Engineering among its programming partners. To find out more about the 10 winners, read below, or visit

THE 10 WINNERS OF 10x10KCuba

(in alphabetical order, with descriptions in the words of each entrepreneur)

Alamesa (Havana) Entrepreneur: Ariel Causa Menéndez.

An information platform for users who wish to explore and be involved with Cuban gastronomy.

Conoce Cuba (Havana) Entrepreneur: Eliecer Cabrera Casas.

A platform for the advertising of and search for businesses, including a directory and maps, which allow the businesses to display any information they wish to consumers.

Cuba-Room (Havana) Entrepreneur: Wendy Rafael Bokly Plana.

An online service to search for and book lodging in less than 24 hours, for travellers looking for bed and breakfast accommodations at different price points.

Cubazon (Havana) Entrepreneur: Bernardo Romero González.

An online marketplace for purchasing any product produced by the private sector in Cuba, to be delivered to family or friends resident on the island with the utmost security and professionalism.

GuiArte (Havana) Entrepreneur: Adan Leiva Blaya.

A continuously updated digital directory for domestic and international users of activity in Cuba’s arts and cultural scene, with the information organized by categories and profiles.

Isladentro (Havana) Entrepreneur: Indhira Sotillo Fernández.

An easy-to-use platform offering a quick and reliable guide for information and geographic location on any place, business or other points of interest. An app where your business will make an impact.

Ke Hay Pa’ Hoy? (Havana) Entrepreneur: Juan Luis Santana Barrios.

A digital platform aimed at promoting Cuban culture, in which customers have the opportunity to showcase their offerings through different channels.

Knales (Havana) Entrepreneur: Luilver Garces Briñas.

An efficient SMS platform to advertise events, products, services and other information, customized for each user.

MiKma (Havana) Entrepreneur: Janse Lazo Valdés.

Advertising and booking platform for house rentals (in Cuban pesos) which will revolutionize the way that market operates.

NinjaCuba (Havana) Entrepreneur: Victor Manuel Hernandez Moratón.

A website for finding talent and searching for jobs in Cuba’s tech sector.


10x10KCuba is organized by Cuba Emprende Foundation, #CubaNow, CiC Miami, Startup Angels, and Mano Americas.

The following organizations are contributing to the prize packages being awarded to the ten winning businesses:

Corporate Sponsors - American Airlines, Dell/EMC, iTutorGroup, and Rackspace

Participating Accelerators – Boomtown, 500 Startups, NXTP Labs, Stanford University’s School of Engineering, and TechStars

Supporting Foundations and Other Organization - Knight Foundation, Tinker Foundation, and Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Prize Packages

Each of the ten winning businesses will receive the following prize packages, conservatively valued at $10,000 per winner:

- Two Dell laptops via EMC

- One year of cloud credits from Rackspace

- Online English or Mandarin courses from iTutorGroup

- For two entrepreneurs from each business, two weeks of immersion in a tech/start-up environment in one of our four destination cities, all expenses paid: Boulder, CO; Mexico City, Mexico; Miami, FL; and Palo Alto, CA.

- Miles to cover flight expenses between Cuba and our destination cities from American Airlines

In each city, our network of accelerator/university partners, local tech businesses and entrepreneurs will provide a customized experience to enhance the business and tech skills of the winning entrepreneurs, in addition to mentoring and networking.