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30
Apr

Impact Weekend 2015

Written on April 30, 2015 by Campus Life in Professional

11154709_867461436654851_3830094522416170011_oApril 28th, Madrid, Spain. The 5th edition of IE Impact Weekend started last Friday 24th driven by the excitement of its more than fifty participants. Seven ideas were pitched, covering varied topics such as education in developing countries, NGO operations, recycling and food waste, among others. The participants ranked their preferred ideas and teams were formed to work during the rest of the weekend. On Saturday morning Andrew McCarthy, our Design Thinking professor and innovator, kicked-off an intense day of ideation and problem solving activities.

11169421_866841483383513_3510765877163738891_oThe teams worked on researching the market and designing a feasible solution to tackle social and environmental issues around the world. Each team, composed by people of different professional backgrounds and nationalities, brought diverse perspectives to come up with a viable business case. A group of mentors, movers and shakers of the entrepreneurial space, made sure that each team had the vital elements to be ready to pitch in front of investors and entrepreneurship gurus on Sunday evening. Heroes of Light, TelSell, Bring it Out, NuCooked, Health Village, Kala and Yes! Presented their final work at the Impact Hub in the middle of joy and nervousness to hear the final result. 

The jury decided 11174358_867462386654756_5263528387095970482_oto award Heroes of Light, an app to motivate the volunteer workforce using gamification, as the winner of the challenge. This venture helps NGOs around the world to engage and commit more people into social issues. The winning team will continue working on their endeavor with Emzingo and has a direct pass to the recognized business accelerator of Venture Lab. Additionally they will enjoy a co-working space at the amazing Impact Hub and tickets to one of Real Madrid or Atlético upcoming matches, facilitated by Never Empty.

Congratulations to them and all the groups that made this weekend unforgettable!

The IE Net Impact Club, a member of the international Net Impact organization, runs IE Impact Weekend. We seek to empower students and professionals to drive positive change in the workplace and the world.

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4
Mar

10339270_678060608928269_4923312568495602352_oCalling alumni with a social entrepreneurship/impact investing background! IE Net Impact Club is hosting its Fifth Annual Impact Weekend on April 24-26th, 2015 and needs your help!

More Information:

Impact Weekend is a priceless weekend-long experience for people wanting to explore the world of social entrepreneurship and to network with professionals in the social impact industry. It is designed as a workshop in which teams of students from Madrid universities develop new social enterprises models under the careful guidance of mentors and ultimately pitch them in from of a jury.

Agenda at a glance

  • On Friday (April 24th), participants are invited to pitch their social entrepreneurship ideas. Public vote will determine the best ideas.
  • During Saturday and Sunday (25-26 April), all participants will be split into groups and each group will work on one of the chosen ideas. The newly-formed groups will be guided through the team-building, brainstorming and design phase by their mentors.
  • On Sunday afternoon (April 26th), teams will present their business models in front of a jury of social entrepreneurs, impact investors and professors.

How you can get involved

If you have experience in the social impact field and would like to get involved in Impact Weekend either as mentor or jury,  please contact us at impactweekend@ie.edu mentioning your preference and availability.
Our purpose is to promote a culture of innovation and encourage amazing ideas with a positive long-lasting impact. Therefore, any suggestions of comments that could help us make the event more meaningful would also be very much appreciated. Thank you!

7
Oct

hultLocal campus event calling entrepreneurs to create viable start-ups and compete for $1 million in start-up funding

The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good. In partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, the innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges. Student teams compete around the world for a chance to secure US$1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.

The 2015 Hult Prize will focus on Early Childhood Education – a challenge personally selected by President Bill Clinton. The main issue we are tackling this year is Can we provide early education to ten million children under age six in urban slums by 2020?”

Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and Founder of the Hult Prize, attributes the success of the competition to the shift in the global economy and the millennial generation’s refusal to live in a world with inequality, “We are giving entrepreneurs from around the world a platform to innovate and revolutionize the way we think about servicing the poor.”

The winning team from the Hult Prize at IE Business School event will be fast tracked to compete at one of the six Hult Prize regional finals events around the world bypassing the general application for San Francisco, Boston, London, Dubai, Shanghai, and a TBD 6th location.

Last year, the 2014 Hult Prize regional finalist beat out 10,000 applications received from over 350 colleges and universities in over 150 countries. The Hult Prize regional competitions will take place on March 13 and 14, 2015 in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai and a TBD 6thlocation.

Following the regional finals, one winning team from each host city will move into a summer business accelerator, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business. A final round of competition will be hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative at its annual meeting in September, where CGI delegates will select a winning team that will be awarded the US$1,000,000 Prize by President Bill Clinton himself.

In the words of President Clinton, “The Hult Prize is a wonderful example of the creative cooperation needed to build a world with shared opportunity, shared responsibility, and shared prosperity, and each year I look forward to seeing the many outstanding ideas the competition produces.”

About the Hult Prize Foundation

The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship, which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The annual initiative is the world’s largest student competition and crowd-sourcing platform for social good, and has been funded by the Hult family since its inception in 2009. To learn more, visit www.hultprize.org.

About The Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,500 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $87.9 billion. 

To compete, please email Pranav Chopra, Campus Director on netimpact@ie.edu for more information or visit IE Business School Hult Prize page on http://www.hultprizeat.com/iebs

15
May

Net Impact Update: May 2013 – April 2014

Written on May 15, 2014 by Campus Life in Professional

1. The Art of Changing the World – May 13, 2013
The Net Impact Club, together with the IE Corporate Communication Club, hosted a session on social entrepreneurship with Francisco Polo, the founder of Actuable.es and the director of Change.org.

Change.org is an online petition platform that has more than 25 million users in 196 countries. In this session, Francisco Polo shared his experience, key success factors, and entrepreneurial mindset with us.

2. Impact Investing – May 16, 2013
The IE Net Impact Club, together with the IE Finance Club and IE Venture Capital and Private Equity Club, hosted an interactive information session with Anna-Marie Harling, an impact investing professional from the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). She talked about how Impact Investing is providing funding to Social Businesses, creating a financial return to the investor, while helping alleviate the world‘s most pressing problems. She also discussed the investment opportunities this new field offers.

3. Global Village – June 13, 2013
Global Village is a celebration of one of the most distinct characteristics of IE Business School- the diversity of its students who come from over 65 nationalities. In the event participants showcase the best of their countries’ cuisine, culture, arts and craft, traditions and tourism. The money raised by the event is donated to the main activities of the IE Social Responsibility Forum. The event reached 500 attendees and a representation of some 40 countries.

4.   Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony – July 3, 2013
IE Net Impact Club co-sponsored this event with the IE Media & Entertainment Club. We screened the documentary “Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony” about the refugee camps in Western Sahara and gave attendees an opportunity to interact with director and producer Alvaro Longoria.

5.  “A Common Enemy” – July 17, 2013
IE Net Impact Club co-sponsored this event with the IE Media & Entertainment Club.  On July 17th, we screened the documentary “A Common Enemy”, a political documentary thriller on the first-ever free elections in Tunisia after the Arab Spring, from up and coming director/producer Jaime Otero Romani (IMBA, 2013).

6.   “How to survive tragedy and realize the potential within you” – July 22, 2013
On July 22nd, the IE Net Impact Club in collaboration with IE Women in Business hosted Ashoka Fellow Ana Bella Estevez, founder of the Fundación Ana Bella.  Ana spoke about empowering abused women and connecting them with women who have successfully overcome abuse.
7.   “Trend of Japanese Welfare Systems – September 6, 2013
The speaker series event featured Yuko Hamasaki and Yasuko Otsu.  Ms. Hamasaki’s presentation focused on providing care environments for old people with dementia while Ms. Otsu’s presentation focused on the Japanese child welfare system.

8.   Social Innovation Cluster – September 26, 2013
Concepción Galdón, innovation and entrepreneurship professor at IE Business School, spoke about the Social Innovation Cluster.  The Social Innovation Cluster is a collaborative effort between the IE CSR department and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in which members of the IE community will have a space to discuss how they apply innovation to pursue positive social impact.  The Cluster will also hopefully spark collaboration and networking among those interested in the topic.

9.   8th Annual Social Responsibility Forum – November 22 & 23, 2013
From November 22nd to 23rd, we will 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 at srforum@ie.edu.

10. Net Impact Student Connection Series – Social Entrepreneurship  – April 24, 2014
Four current students, Marvin Arnold, Mitch Maddox, Mallori Morris, and Barnaby Ferrero, who have worked in social ventures around the world will speak about their journeys into social entrepreneurship and give an honest perspective of the opportunities and challenges.
Marvin co-founded an African SMS-based outreach platform, Movercado, That addresses distribution of health products and trainings in rural communities. Mitch partnered with non-profits and diplomatic missions to Provide interactive, online projects Between students in the U.S. and Germany. Mallori spent two years as a Director for Akola, a social Ugandan business women through EMPOWERS That vocational training, education programs, and employment opportunities. Barnaby raised $ 100,000 in three weeks to fund a community development project focused on culture in Detroit, Michigan.

11. Impact Weekend – April 25-27, 2014
The third annual Impact weekend is a 60-hour social entrepreneurial workshop in Madrid. It brings together students and professionals across Spain to share ideas and develop socially responsible business plans. The weekend begins with an open pitching session where ideas for businesses are proposed and the best 5 ideas will be selected. A team of 6-8 participants will then be formed around each idea. On Saturday and Sunday the teams will work together to develop their business plan before they are evaluated during a final pitch on Sunday night. The aim is for teams to use innovative and practical methodologies to create a venture that is scalable and can address real-world issues. Teams will receive valuable mentoring social entrepreneurs throughout the weekend. On Sunday evening, each team will pitch to investors from traditional and socially orientated venture capital firms. The winning team will be awarded mentorship and coaching sessions from top social entrepreneurs and will have the option for direct entry into venture lab.

10
May

IE Impact Weekend 2014

Written on May 10, 2014 by Campus Life in Professional

IML_8084 (Medium)IE Business School would like to congratulate the “Re-tyre project”, winners of this year’s 4th edition of Impact Weekend, held on the 25th to the 27th of April 2014. Impact Weekend is a 60-hour entrepreneurship workshop that saw phenomenal interest in social impact and entrepreneurship this year and brought together over 70 students from within and outside of IE to share ideas and develop socially responsible business plans.

The event kicked off on the 25th of April with 21 creative and socially responsible ideas that were then evaluated based on audience votes. The Dean of Programs, Martin Boehm, and Partner of Emzingo Services and Alum IE Business School, Pablo Esteves, provided some inspiring insights as part of the keynotes opening speeches.

IML_8776 (Medium)6 brilliant ideas were finally seen making it to the finals. Amongst them was Mavuno, an initiative by students Ashley King-Bischof and Guru Sudheendra, both from the November IMBA intake, to bring information on agricultural product prices closer to the farmers through simple improvements in technology in order to increase their bargaining power and ensure fair prices for their crops.  The $1 Social-start up project, by Barnaby Ferrero, also from the November IMBA intake, was an effort to more efficiently crowd-fund social start up ideas, whereas Katie Monteith, November IMBA intake 2014-2013, attempted to empower women through the sales of beautiful furniture pieces from the developing countries to the developed countries, while creating an ecosystem of microfinance and encouraging savings for the women. Usafiri, loosely pitched as a Bed and Breakfast for the poor, was also amongst the finalists and pitched by April IMBA 2014 intakers, Venkat Goli and Sizakazi Matshaya. And finally, the Social Lunch Project, by Alessandro Paganini, Daniel Vintimilla and Luis Truellenque, from April IMBA intake, integrated individuals who could cook,  provided them with a source of revenue and allowed them to find customers who wanted to eat great meals while being social.

IML_8966 (Medium)The Re-tyre project won with its innovative take on “saving the environment” and its identification of a truly large untapped opportunity in using waste tyres in South Africa to extract fuel that could then be sold. This would remove externalities that tyres caused by occupying large amounts of space in landfills and being potential fire hazards. The idea was pitched by a team of diverse individuals, Onnida Aditapstit, Pier Spinazze and Shekhar Gupta, April 2014 IMBA intakers, and worked throughout the weekend with Jenna Swalin, John Daniell, Jacob Huber, Emilia Crespo and Jeannie Khoury. Pier, of South African origin, mentions how the landfill in South Africa is one of the biggest in the world for tyres and the risk of having them burn is much too big to take on. Onnida and Shekhar have been equally passionate and conducted a thorough research about Tyre pyrolysis and the science behind the mechanism before pitching to investors. Tarek Elshimi, who mentored the winning team, travelled from Barcelona and is currently on a winning streak, having also won a similar Green Weekend in Barcelona earlier this year.

IML_8817 (Medium)Impact Weekend is truly grateful to have the wonderful support from a diverse team of mentors coaching the 6 teams throughout the weekend. Pablo Esteves (Emzingo), Paloma Lillo (Telefonica), Andrew McCarthy (IE), Javier Olaguibel (Ashoka), Pedro Alonso (Creative Society Group) and Tarek Elshimi (Global Fund) dedicated their entire weekends to developing and build budding ideas pitched on Friday to business plans on Sunday. The business plans were also evaluated by an equally expert jury made up of IE professors – Liz Fleming (IE Venture Lab), Rachida Justo (IE entrepreneurship), Jeffrey Timmons (IE Business, Government & Society), and Venture Capitalists – Agustin Vitorica (Gawa Capital), Francisco Soler (Creas) and Juan Jose Juarez Calvo (UnLtd).

IE Impact Weekend, created by students from IE Net Impact Club and IE Venture Lab, leverages IE Business School’s business savvy and strong culture of entrepreneurship to empower both social entrepreneurs and students with the tools to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world through business.

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