Proyecto Cuba Emprende (PCE) is a project of the Catholic Church of Cuba. Its mission is to offer training and advisory services to Cuban entrepreneurs who wish to start or improve a small business in order to contribute to the development of an entrepreneurial culture, social progress and to improve the quality of their lives.
PCE replicates the extremely successful model developed over decades by Mexican non-for-profit organization Fundación ProEmpleo. PCE operates from of the Centro Cultural Padre Felix Varela in Havana, from the Archdiocese of Camagüey and from the Archdiocese of Cienfuegos. The program provides current and aspiring entrepreneurs with eighty hours of classroom instruction in the areas of human development, marketing & management, finance & accounting, and sales & customer service.
Graduates of the 80 workshop are offered continuing advisory services if they complete an approved business plan, either to launch a new, viable business or to accelerate an existing business through the project's Incubator or Center for Business Development programs, respectively. By yearend 2016, PCE will have graduated approximately 3,000 entrepreneurs and supported the launch or acceleration of over 1,500 businesses.
"With the vision I now have everything is different. It has been very comforting for the average Cuban to gain access to knowledge that wasn't available anywhere else. Thank you for your support"
- Ania Gonzalez-Mora
Graduate of PCE Camagüey
"Without this workshop, Cuba can't change. This is different, it has nothing to do with what we have witnessed in recent years...in the last 50 years. It's another story and I think everyone, all Cubans should take this course."
-Pedro Rodriguez Diaz
Graduate of PCE Havana