“Walk With Us” campaign

Written on July 27, 2017 by Campus Life in Social

Thanks to the support of the IE community who contributed to our efforts to raise funds for the “Walk With Us” campaign, which included a pizza and drinks sale in June. Together, we have raised and donated US$500 to contribute to this amazing cause in South Africa.

Walk With Us is an effort initiated by Tom David and Warren Handley, two young South African men who became sensible to a cause and now want to raise awareness, so that no vulnerable children will ever walk alone. Their cause: abandoned children with ECD and orphans. They have decided to walk 6,000 km by foot from Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, all the way to Johannesburg in South Africa. All of this with a budget below the poverty line of US$2 per day, to raise funds that will be donated to the cause that has guided their hearts along the way.

Please visit the following link to listen to a special message from Tom and Warren.

Shout out to IE Charity Club 🎉 📷:#HelloMotoSA

Опубліковано Walk With Us 12 липня 2017 р.


International Down Syndrome Day

Written on July 27, 2017 by Campus Life in Social

The IE Charity Club celebrated International Down Syndrome Day on the 21st of March by hosting a bake sale on campus to raise funds for the Fundación Reina de Quito, a non-profit organization that has a center in which 150 poor children with Down Syndrome receive daily therapy and additional aid for their families. We were successful and we were able to raise approximately €300 which were punctually used to purchase educational material for the children on March 30 of this same year. We received great support from Do Eat as they donated various croissants, breads and goodies that we sold at our bake sale. To raise awareness and respect for this special day we collected pictures of our community members holding a sign which read “Mi Dia Va Por Ti”, translated to “My Day goes for you” to support the foundation’s social media awareness campaign which occurs every 21st of March. We want to thank the entire community for their support in this event, like in all of the events that the IE Charity Club held during the year!


Any student who chooses IE for its entrepreneurship program dreams to get to Venture Day. IE chooses the best startups to pitch in front of investors and industry leaders. These startups are chosen by a panel of judges after being incubated in IE’s Venture Lab for almost three months. The judges believe the business plans presented have a chance of succeeding after students finish their respective programs. Reaching Venture Day is already an award itself. It means months of market research, surveys, pivots, negotiations and financial models. Making these startups happen while balancing school work and social life is hard. Add coordinating a club to that, and it makes it really tough.

My team’s project, Gastro Ventures, is a platform that combines a food hall and restaurant accelerator / venture builder. We want to bring in talented cooks and host them in our food court, help them build their concepts while they validate their ideas with the public, and finally launch their own ventures.  As coordinator of the Gastronomy Club, I had access to a series of leaders of the gastronomy ecosystem in Madrid. I used my networking skills to reach out to these contacts and ask them for help. People who I met through the club’s activities ended up being our mentors and helped us validate our final product. The fact that we had heavyweights involved in our project was an indicator of trust for investors.

Although we did not win Venture Day, Gastro Ventures was chosen as the crowd’s favorite project. For this, I thank the Campus Life team who are always so supportive of our initiatives and trusted us in all our crazy endeavors.

Ernesto Méndez Chiari
IE Gastronomy Club


Jorge Rausch visits IE Business School’s Area 31

Written on July 27, 2017 by Campus Life in Professional, Social

Having a top chef on a business school campus does not sound like the kind pf activity business students would regularly opt for. But when that top chef is a kitchen rockstar from South America, published author, media figure and innovator, the tables turn. Jorge Rausch is a Colombian chef who, after studying humanities, decided to follow his passion and become a cook. With an initial capital given to him by his grandmother and with the help of his brother (and eventual business partner) he launched Criterión, his first venture in Bogotá. The Rausch brother currently own and operate Bistronomy by Rausch, Rausch Energía Gastronómica, Marea by Rausch, El Gobernador by Rausch, Kitchen by Rausch e Ivory Bistro by Rausch. Criterión has been declared the best restaurants in Colombia in 2013, 2014 and 2015 according to Latin America’s “50 Best Restaurants”. He was also a judge in MasterChef Colombia. Jorge has been applauded by his initiative to catch and cook Lion Fish, who are a threat to other species in the ocean because they are merciless predators.
Ernesto Méndez Chiari
IE Gastronomy Club


Data Disrupt

Written on July 27, 2017 by Campus Life in Professional

On February 25th, IE Big Data Club in partnership with the Healthcare Club hosted its 3rd Data Disrupt (#iedatadisrupt). This year’s version presented how companies in both Fin Tech and Healthcare were disrupting their industries through data. It was a full day event where the first half was dedicated to Fin Tech and the second half to Healthcare, paving way to one keynote speech and one panel for each. There was also plenty of networking opportunities.

The event started of the best way possible with opening remarks from our very own Juan Jose Casado, Academic Director of the Masters in Business Analytics and Big Data, and Data & Analytics Corporate Director at Sanitas. Juanjo, as we dearly call him, stated how happy he was that the event had two focuses. During his professional career, he has worked in both sectors. He was eager to listen how both industries were disrupted. He spoke about the importance of how humanity is on the verge of seeing the impact of data analytics in our lives. “If we are able to put together all the data financial, genomics, life, all your data, we will have the tools on how the world really works.” He expanded by telling how he talked to Jose Luis Cordero — from the Singularity University who expressed to him how lucky we all are, that human beings are going to be the only generation to live the impact of exponential technologies in healthcare.

The Fin Tech section kicked off the event with a presentation from Juan Manuel Koury — Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young. Mr. Koury spoke about the added value of new technologies. “Because of regulations, banks aren’t able to bring new technologies into the market.” He continued to make his case on how Fin Tech companies are helping the financial industry in its evolution. Because of this he showed Ernst and Young plan to consult big financial corporations through a real time platform that observes the Fin Tech companies throughout the world.

The FinTech panel followed with the journey towards tech-based innovation, data-driven decision making and implementing a data-centric culture is complex, especially in the highly regulated financial sector. The panel was insightful, inspiring , exciting and eye opening altogether. They all exposed how technologies like, blockchain is revolutionizing the transactions and regulations. In fact blockchain took a great part of the conversation. Also, talked about where the opportunities lie, which presented a spectrum of choices like payments, blockchain and being faster than banks. Moderated by Luis Maldonado, Founding Partner at DigitalTakerts, Professor Economic Environment & Finance at IE Business School, this panel explored how their companies are disrupting the financial industry through big data. The participants were:

Luis Perez Ureña — CEO & Founder of Finn Ventures:
•Concentrated on the opportunities of Fin Tech in the Financial sector
•“Banks are not really transforming. The basically put the service to digital channels but they do not change to the new customer needs.”
•“data is the petrol of the financial industry”
•Banks should standardize their API’s to help Fin Tech companies develop products and services

Andres Varela da Costa — Business Development & Entrepreneurship Instigator, SEQR:
•One of the segments with more opportunities to be disrupted in the financial industry is payments, specially peer to peer.
•What is the new generation of users are asking for? Disruption will come from user experience
•“Banks can become aggregators of the blockchain disruption…The blockchain revolution is comparable to the invention of the internet…Blockchain will be the internet of value.”

Munya Guisa — CEO & Co-Founder of Pich Technologies:
•Gets payments data from banking APIs and works together with lenders to take decisions really fast. He thinks that in the long run many decisions will be taken based on data and automatically
•his company gathers data with user authorization rather than asking banks for the data.

Jorge Ordovas — Co-Founder — NevTrace, Blockchain Lab and Digital Transformation at Telefonica.
•“We are living the most interesting moment regarding Fin Tech”
•Nonetheless, it is still a hard moment for the blockchain sector, because people are not transacting digitally.

After a networking/lunch session, the Healthcare part of the Disrupt started with a presentation from IBM Madrid”s Javier González who introduced us to Watson the supercomputer with artificial intelligence and shared a use case on how cognitive computing is helping the Healthcare industry. He also presented how Watson is helping researchers through Big Data and AI to discover new solutions for drugs.

It was followed by the healthcare panel moderated by Joe Haslam — Angel Investor and Associate Professor at IE Business School. Healthcare is one of the highly disrupted industries, in recent years, through big data. Technologies like Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence are transforming people’s lives. The discussion was based on use cases in healthcare and how big data has contributed in disrupting this industry.The participants were:

Felipe Calderero — Value Proposition Manager at ATAM (Telefónica Group)
•Stated that because technology will continue to pave the way, we humans will need to change our mentality.
•We now live in a disease management system, so disease prevention technologies will be disrupting the industry the most. Since big healthcare companies like pharma enterprises take time to adapt, will be the Startups the ones that can bring disruption.

Jose Juan Moratilla — Business Line Manager Digital Health Services at Siemens Healthineers
•Right now Siemens does prescriptive analysis on radiographies.
•They currently have more developers than Microsoft
•Privacy is one of the biggest issues in Healthcare!
•Healthcare is one of the best sectors for employments because of the vast amount of data that can be analyzed and the people you can help.
•Thinks industry disruption will be on the population health management

The event continued over cocktail and networking section, where the participants had the opportunity to interact with the panelists, keynote speakers and among each other. Overall, the event was a success with a full house. Looking forward to see which industries will be noticeably disrupted next year.

The Big Data club will have two more flagship events this year, apart from other smaller ones. Smart Cities and IoT event will be on the 20th of May and the Data Dive will be on the 2nd and 3rd of June. Stay tuned for further announcements. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook: IE Big Data Club; and Twiiter: IEBigData

Last but not least, we would like to extend our gratitude towards Campus Life and IE Careers, for helping us make this event happen.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

IE Big Data Club

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