Innovadores is best known for its exchange program, which brings Cuban students to the United States for six weeks to work and study at Grand Central Tech, a startup accelerator in Manhattan. The foundation states that it encourages young entrepreneurs in Havana, by helping with internet access and mentorship to Cuban-run startups. As of January, 2017 the program was paused, pending direction on applicable local regulations.
The Innovadores Foundation was created in 2015 by Miles Spencer and John Caufield, who had been Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba. It was founded in 2001 as Kayak for a Cause and known briefly as the CAA Foundation. Innovadores now works exclusively to promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programs.
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