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Calling All Financial Supporters: Our friends in Cuba tech are heading to TechCrunch Disrupt SF this September, along with other Caribbean entrepreneurs, thanks to the support of Project Binario, Latino Startup Alliance, TechBeach, and Caribbeans in Tech. The New Cuba will be joining (and covering) the startup delegation visiting the States, who will have the opportunity to connect with VCs, thought leaders, and other relevant startups, as well as foster lasting connections among peers. We’re calling it “The Caribbean Pavilion”.

If you’ve never heard of TechCrunch, well, think of it as the worlds largest startup conference. Think HBO’s Silicon Valley show, where our shows fav protagonist Richard Hendricks first goes to gain the attention of the world for his little startup called Pied Piper. It was the conference that launched his whole career and the show (albiet many “ups” and “downs” during the rollercoaster dramas that ensued, but hey, nobody every said startups were easy!).

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For the Caribbean Pavilion, the panel chose these 5 Startups to visit the game-changing conference this year:

1- Caribbean Transit Solutions (Barbados)

2- Jompéate (Dominican Republic)

3- Edufocal (Jamaica)

4- ChefMade (Trinidad & Tobago).
and of course…

5- AlaMesa, representing Cuba!

And now for the interactivity of this post — WE NEED YOUR HELP.

We need to raise $15,000 in 30 days to bring these talented young minds to Disrupt SF. It costs about $3,000 to bring each startup to San Francisco for a once in a lifetime experience. “For most, it will be the first time attending an event of this magnitude” says organizer Eddy Perez, Cuban-American founder for Project Binario. “The network they’ll tap into and inspiration they’ll receive will help accelerate the growth of their businesses. It may also inspire others back home to dream big”.

Each donation is tax-deductible – visit the Generosity.com page with all the details.

Each level of donation offers a range of goodies — from as low as $100 to $1000 to $5000 to $7,500 (this last level garners a trip to the Havana Film Festival, Dec 2017) — your donation can really make a difference in these entrepreneurs lives.

Stay tuned for coverage of the San Fran voyage on this blog, as well as some additional Cuban entrepreneurs worth getting to know.