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Futura: Aruba Innovation Lab

Aruba Futura Foundation (hereinafter: Futura) was established in 2018 with the purpose to aid in the design, development and implementation of a national innovation strategy for Aruba. Futura has received the mandate to implement the Government of Aruba’s human-centered national innovation plan, named Aruba Innova 2030.

Futura serves as the Aruba’s innovation lab and national think-tank. Futura is supported by the innovation team of the Ministry of Innovation, which resorts under the Prime Minister of Aruba, Evelyn-Wever Croes. The team is led by the Aruba Government’s Chief Innovation Officer, Varelie Croes.

Futura, a first of its kind innovation lab in the Caribbean, collaborates with local and international innovators on pioneering innovation initiatives to stimulate the knowledge and innovation capacity of the Aruban community.


Innovation Spaces

Aruba Innova 2030, a national road map to help Aruba better prepare for and shape the future and guide policy decisions. The road map prioritizes five innovation spaces. Each space is designed to contribute to the national innovation ecosystem, which may overlap traditional sectors.


Redesign government administrative procedures for efficiency, transparency, and improving people’s lives.

eGovernment starts with the standardization and digitization of core processes – within the government and between cooperating agencies by redesigning of government administrative procedures for efficiency and transparency. Maintaining the citizens’ experience at the forefront of all public services. The government is in the process of developing its eGovernment roadmap with support from partners like The World Bank, IBM, Microsoft and the Government of Estonia.

Social Innovation

To cultivate an innovation economy, Futura focuses on unleashing the innovation capacity from within by introducing programs and projects that aim to stimulate creativity and increase the knowledge capacity of the Aruban citizens.



Talent cultivation and retention with a focus on the skills needed in a future work force is key to develop a system that can rapidly adapt to changing skill requirements.


A key element of a thriving innovation ecosystem is the presence of successful entrepreneurs. Through its programs and investments, Futura looks to foster an entrepreneurial mindset and improve business climate for startups and SMEs.

Smart Society

To develop key arenas of collaboration between the public and private sectors and citizens to increase engagement and awareness in developing smart city and circular economy policies.


Initiatives, Projects & Collaborations

Aside from Futura initiatives and projects, we collaborate with many local organizations with innovative ideas and projects to accelerate island wide systemic change.



24 Aug
Cas di Cultura Design Thinking Workshop

Cas di Cultura Design Thinking Workshop

  • August 24, 2019 2:00 pm
  • August 24, 2019 7:00 pm
  • Cas di Cultura
28 Oct
Immerse Innovation Week

Immerse Innovation Week

  • October 28, 2019 8:00 am
  • November 1, 2019 9:00 pm

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Our partners

Futura initiatives and programs are only possible with the support of our partners. Partnerships are an essential part of accelerating innovation to achieve the desired systemic change on the island.

Aruba Investment BankAruba SDG CommissionAruba Tourism AuthorityAruba Trade and Industry AssociationATECH FoundationB|LABBiblioteca Nacional ArubaCenter of Excellence for SIDSCentral Bank of ArubaChamber of CommerceEstonia eGovernance AcademyEuropean UnionGovernment of ArubaHeart-Centered Leadership FoundationMetabolic FoundationMIT Media LabNYU Government LabOCTASetar N.V.TNO Dutch CaribbeanUNDPUniversity of ArubaWorld Bank GroupYouth Parliament Aruba

Contact us

The Future belongs to the curious. We invite you to join the conversation and help design a future driven by solutions. Have an Idea you like to share? Feel free to shoot us an email.

+297 5823030
Italiestraat 46, Oranjestad, Aruba

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