Effort and passion clearly define the path of Mario Otero, Yolexis Rodríguez and their business Mayito’s B&B. I can tell you about the effort, but the passion can be seen and experienced in each of the apartments they manage. Mario’s spontaneous and carefree personality, the desire to share his knowledge with people from other countries, and his degree in Tourism led him to see the accommodation sector as the perfect place to start a business; but how?

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Cuban chef Alberto González still has a twinkle in his eyes when he makes bread with his own hands, or when he smells the aroma coming from the oven after combining the most varied ingredients. He is the first Cuban master chef to have a Michelin star, and for several years he has been making history in Havana with a business that rescues the most diverse textures and flavors of an essential craft, that still lacks the strength it deserves in Cuba.

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On the old cobblestones of a small square in Old Havana, a café with a modern Bohemian air gives offers passersby not only a delicious culinary experience, also the dream and vision of a woman who has become a successful fashion designer.

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With more than 15 years’ experience, Chef Sahily Romero opened her restaurant “Rita & Champagne” in 2018, where the most traditional ingredients are transformed into modern recipes. Some of her creations, such as black bean croquettes, have even delighted the palates of the likes of the Prince of Wales, during his visit to Cuba.

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The arrival of mobile data Internet has caused a radical change in Cubans’ daily lives. Although we still make constant use of social networks, several people have given free rein to their talent with the creation of web platforms and applications which contribute to solving common issues and significant problems. One of these entrepreneurs is Rancel Ruana, a young computer scientist and programmer whose experience of using Uber, a global transport application, served as inspiration to develop a similar model adapted to the peculiarities of this island.

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Born in a home full of artworks and having grown up admiring paintings and photographs, Cristina Figueroa Vives has an unlimited passion for culture, is enthused when speaking about it, and has an immense desire to create something appealing and refreshing in a world in which it appears everything has already been said.

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Con la reapertura del sector privado cubano en 2011, el escenario económico y empresarial de la isla tomaba un matiz anhelado pero incierto. Ante las buenas y malas experiencias de algunos negocios, cuatro jóvenes de profesiones diferentes decidieron construir una alternativa, un modelo para guiar a esos pequeños empresarios hacia el éxito. Tomaron lo aprendido en el mundo empresarial estatal del cual venían y al aplicarlo de manera creativa y práctica en el sector privado, han obtenido tal reconocimiento que pasaron de tocar puertas a recibir solicitudes de los más variados espacios.

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