4
Mar

Interview with a club: IE Net Impact Club

Written on March 4, 2013 by Campus Life in Professional

Who are we?

IE Net Impact Club is a member of the broader, international Net Impact organization that seeks to empower students and professionals to drive positive change in the workplace and the world. At IE, we endeavor to increase awareness, inspire, and equip the IE community to bring environmental and social impact through business.

Current coordinators

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Net Impact Club members and supporters in Barcelona while we were attending Doing Good Doing Well conference at IESE

President of Net Impact Chapter: Tanya Shariff

VPs of Net Impact Chapter : Barbara Schmaelh and Brian Cabezas

VP Marketing: Chetan Bhardwaj

VP Speaker Series:  Antonis Schwarz

VP Fundraising : Aimee D.

President EcologIE : Keryn Bayliss

President SRF: Javier Avilés

VPs SRF: Kathryn Wellemeyer and Jason Habel

President Global Village: Carolina Schildknecht

VP Global Village:  Arturo Ramirez

President Impact Wknd:Agnes Blanco Querido

VP Impact Wknd: Aditya Sinha

Club activities

This year we have some exciting events lined up:

On Wednesday, March 6th we have an event called “Making More Health” regarding a collaborative effort between Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies, and Ashoka, a global association of social entrepreneurs, to try to improve health in communities around the world. (Please register on ie.edu/alumniagenda.)

In April, we will be hosting Impact Weekend in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Club. Impact Weekend is a social entrepreneurship competition to help budding projects develop a business plan for a social enterprise idea. This year we hope to attract entrepreneurs from other schools in Spain as well.

Net Impact will also host the annual IE favorite – Global Village.  This event celebrates the cultural diversity of IE’s student base. Each club presents some ethnic cuisine and there’s always music and performances to enjoy. It’s a lively event and is always looked forward to with great anticipation.

In November we’ll be hosting our 8th Annual Social Responsibility Forum that brings together students and professionals to discuss sustainability within the context of a variety of topics. Topics cover diverse areas such as energy, finance and entrepreneurship. We are looking for speakers to join us so if you know someone that might be a good fit, please e-mail us.

Our vision

Beyond the activities we previously discussed, we are always on the look out to plan additional panel discussions or to collaborate with other clubs to highlight sustainability issues. We envision more co-sponsored events in the future.  Last weekend, about 13-15 club members travelled to Barcelona to attend IESE’s Doing Good Doing Well conference. In regards to the event, Barbara Christina Schmaehl, a Net Impact VP, said “I particularly liked the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other Net Impacters from around Europe.” Over the past week several of our members travelled to San Francisco, Boston, London and Dubai to participate in the prestigious Hult Global Case Challenge – a start up accelerator for social good. We wish them all the best! 

Get in touch and participate!

Join us at our next event! We are always happy to welcome new members and new ideas to our club! For more information, register with the club in IE Communities and/or email us. You can also follow the club on Facebook.

26
Feb

Yvonne Krywyj about IE experience

Written on February 26, 2013 by Campus Life in Other Activities

Yvonne KrywyjYvonne Krywyj, IE IMBA alumna, speaks about the IE experience in an excerpt from her article “Why Bother Doing An MBA That’s Not Ranked In The Top Five!” in BusinessBecause:

“I chose to attend IE Business School for two reasons. Here, I find myriad opportunities for students interested in social business and sustainability, the areas I wanted to pursue as a career. In addition, as I’d never lived outside the US, I needed international experience. The school’s location in Madrid and diverse student body would give me the chance to live in a foreign country, learn another language, and work with multinational teams.
 
During my year at Madrid, I did all those things and more, availing myself of every possible opportunity to get involved in social business. As a member of the Board of Net Impact, I organized Impact Weekend, a social business plan competition. This event offered me the opportunity to learn what impact investors look for in a social business.
 
During the summer, I participated in the Emzingo NexGen Program, a social business and personal development fellowship that placed MBA students on consulting projects with social enterprises and NGOs in South Africa.
 
My consulting project entailed developing a strategic plan for a new product rollout for Zazida Institute of Entrepreneurship, an educational institution for aspiring entrepreneurs in Africa, as well as undergoing leadership training and advising on a social business case. This experience afforded me my first opportunity to both work in social business and work in a developing country and to learn about the educational and entrepreneurship ecosystems in South Africa.
 
Because of this, I was invited to join the founding team of Next Generation Lab, a start-up that reached the finals of the school’s Venture Lab start-up incubator competition. Next Generation Lab is an accelerator for family businesses and SMEs in emerging markets that is now launching operations in Johannesburg. Its mission is to transform family businesses and SMEs into engines for economic development and job creation.
 
Taken as a whole, my MBA was valuable not for the coursework alone, but for the opportunities it afforded me to plunge headlong into the worlds of social business and entrepreneurship in emerging economies. It is these opportunities, rather than the courses or the degree, that enabled me to change location, sector, and function, and land my first post-MBA job in my chosen field, a consulting project at Yunus Social Business.”

Don´t forget to read the full article in BusinessBecause!

25
Feb

Japan New Year Party

Written on February 25, 2013 by Campus Life in Geographic, Other Activities

DibujoOn January 25th, IE Japan Club held “Japan New Year Party” at International Continental Hotel.

New Year’s Celebration is the most important gathering in Japan and we enjoy traditional food and activities.

In our party, we provided Japanese food like Sushi and Tempura, open bar including Japanese Sake and following contemporary cultural performance and activities.

– Tea ceremony
– Japanese Calligraphy
– Origami (Paper Holding)
– So-ran bushi (Japanese Dance)
– Japanese quiz
 
Dibujo2Approximately 180 IE students attended this event and enjoyed Japanese culture.
 
A special thanks goes to all of the hardworking IE Japan Club members especially to Yui Hamasaki who took the initiative in organizing this event.

As a next big event, IE Japan Club will organize “Japan Trek” during Mar. 24-31. If you are interested in further information about activities of our club, join our Facebook group, IE Japan Club Madrid Chapter !

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18
Feb

Interview with a Club: IE Entrepreneurship Club

Written on February 18, 2013 by Campus Life in Other Activities

Who are we?

Our mission is to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship among IE students. We focus on organizing events that will inspire and help entrepreneurs, especially in the phases of 1) deciding to become an entrepreneur and 2) turning your idea in a real company.

IE Business School was founded by entrepreneurs and has tremendous focus on developing and honing the skills of entrepreneurs. We have our mission and objectives aligned with that.

Current coordinators

From left to right: Paal, Deep, Denny, Tim, Tarek.

Denny Morawiak (President) – IMBA-April – Co-founder of Golsie and current participant in Venture Lab. Denny comes from Germany with passion for Speed Skating, Basketball and Running.

Tim Neidhardt – IMBA April – Played competitive Tennis and currently participates in Venture Lab with PeopleSports. Tim comes from a family business background in Germany.

Deep Mehta – IMBA November – An entrepreneur who started his own clothing company called Bombay Clothing Company based out of Mumbai, India. Deep is also the Social Media Manager of the Club

Paal Ringstad – MIM September – His passion is understanding the mechanisms and structure of the human mind. He wishes to start his own private school in the future, where he can apply and develop powerful and efficient learning tools. Paal is from Norway but speaks also French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Tarek Abou Nassar – IMBA November –  Prior to starting his MBA, Tarek worked for several years contributing and growing his family business in hospitality and services in Lebanon; he is passionate about the video games industry and sports.

Elias El Hayek – IMBA November – Having previously worked with young entrepreneurs, business owners and startups, Elias has built a good understanding of an entrepreneurial mindset and has developed a passion for  innovation and creativity, Elias is Lebanese, he speaks Arabic, French and English. 

Club activities

We have 3 categories of events:

1) The creative crunch: This is a brainstorming event where students come together in a casual atmosphere to explore and develop potential business ideas.

For aspiring entrepreneurs that look for an idea.

2) The pitch night: Startup teams get the opportunity to present their idea in front of fellow entrepreneurs. They receive critical feedback on their business models and presentation techniques.

For founders that want to test their idea.

Luis Iván Cuende talking about tech-entrepreneurship at a young age

3) The speaker series: This is our flagship event series, where we invite inspirational entrepreneurs and investors to come and talk about their successes and failures. In 2013, we had already Raul Valdes Perez who presented his book: “Advice is for winners” and Luis Ivan Cuende who talked about tech-entrepreneurship at a young age (he had started 3 companies by the age of 17).

For everyone – really!

Our vision

For us, IE is about entrepreneurship. Going forward we want to:

– Continue to bring great speakers to Campus and offer at least one event per month.

– Facilitate interaction between the local startup ecosystem and the international IE community.

– Raise the profile of the club by co-operating with the entrepreneurship clubs from other top business schools.

Get in touch and participate!

You should join our Facebook page IE Entrepreneurship Club and also sign up through ieCommunities portal to receive regular updates about what is going on.

We are also present on LinkedIn.

If you want, you can also send us an E-Mail.

Other than that – Find us and talk to us on Campus!

We are always looking for talented people that want to help with Club activities. Also, if you personally know an entrepreneur/investor who has an inspiring story to tell – hook us up!

15
Feb

Campus Life on Facebook

Written on February 15, 2013 by Campus Life in Geographic, Other Activities, Professional, Social, Sports

More exciting news at Campus Life – we are finally on Facebook!

If you want to get the latest news about the most interesting events, activities on campus and more, check it out! We hope you will like (and “like”) it!

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