IE Sailing Club – LifeAtIE

Written on June 19, 2018 by Campus Life in Social, Sports

The IE Sailing club goes beyond just your life at IE, it is a place where bonds are built, networks are made and just like your education it stays with you for life. A club that connects not only all the different schools at IE but also the different generations…the incoming students, the current students and the Alumni. It also gives you an opportunity to meet diverse people from other top business schools. The sailing community welcomes you with open arms.

So are you ready for the summer? The IE Sailing Club is organizing crews for several events in the upcoming months. Come and be a part of the action!

RSM MBA Regatta 2018 takes place in Porto, Portugal, from August 30th to September 2nd.
Porto is one of the oldest European centers, and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Good weather, good wind and with the Red Bull Air Race taking place in Oporto in the same weekend, get ready for 4 days of pure adrenaline and excitement!!
Register here: https://clubs.ie.edu/event_details?uid=15143f9559d8ee6744d27c2fcc8a484a

SDA Bocconi MBA Conference & Regatta 2018 takes place in San Margherita, Italy, from September 27th to 30th.
One of the oldest and most sought after Regattas in the MBA league is held at San Margherita, one of the most scenic places in Italy. Close to Portofino, a UNESCO world heritage site, the port boasts a great food and tourist scene.
Register here: https://clubs.ie.edu/event_details?uid=4f31fca17c63f408d100f7b794b4f5a4


IE Sailing Club Takes Lanzarote!

Written on June 19, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities

Who says you can’t create a sailing club in Madrid?

IE Masters program started a sailing club roughly ten years ago, and has been traveling and competing ever since! Having the IE community be extremely diverse culturally and professionally enables students to learn from each other in all aspects. More so, as a competitive sailor myself and a passion for the ocean I wanted to start a sailing club for the undergraduate program.

IE sailing club became the first club to become integrated with the masters, undergraduate and alumni programs. This provides an incredible opportunity for members to meet, network and sail with almost all ages and backgrounds.

A large number of MBA schools have a sailing club and host an annual sailing event such as Bocconi hosting the Rolex Cup in Portofino, Italy, London Business school in Athens, Greece, and last but not least IE University in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. All events consist a weekend of sailing, networking and partying in the unique location! The advantage of these regattas is that members from little to lots of experience can attend, which creates more of a learning and teaching experience for everyone.

The IE Sailing Club Winter Regatta has been hosting the event for six years now and this year we had 100 people attend from 11 different schools! Participants stayed at the four-star hotel Costa Calero in the heart of the volcanic island. The weekend consisted of two days of sailing following a pool party and a tasty dinner all provided by the sailing club.

Every year all club members attend up to five events per year all over Europe! In addition, we host practice events in El Pantano San Juan with other universities in Madrid. If you’re a sailor or simply have a connection with the ocean feel free to contact me or the IE Sailing club for more information because this is a unique club that always takes on new adventures!


A story of one small change; #iegoesgreen

Written on June 14, 2018 by Campus Life in IE Stories

It started when our team of 7 IE HST students: Angel Galeano, Ghita Haloui, Rafael Herrera, Gaby La Fata, Marilia Ribeiro, Nadine Taha and myself, Natalya Shustova, were working on a regular assignment for a Change Management course. We paid attention to the plastic bottles of 0.33 ml offered to professors before each of the class. Since all our team members are passionate about sustainability, we asked ourselves: how many plastic waste do these bottles produce? Little research showed us: our institution has consumed 43,680 bottles in 7 months what is equal to 1,092 kg of plastic waste. Just imagine: it is enough to kill 37 Sperm Whales!! (remember the case of Sperm Whale found in Murcia coast on March 2018?). Long story short, we decided to change it. We did some research, had couple of meetings and today we are happy to see the results of our efforts: IE has started to purchase bottles of 0.5 ml instead of 0.3 ml.

You may think: “But it’s nothing, guys! In reality you haven’t done that much to reduce the plastic waste!”. We reply you:  just changing the volume of these bottles from 0.33 to 0.5, the amount of plastic waste it produces has been reduced twice!

Each of us can make a small but impactful change. Which change will you do?



On May 17th, our MIM students Lorenzo Alibrandi and Ernesto Cifaldi pitched their start-up, Box’nPapers, in the Grand Finale of the luxury business model competition “The Mark Challenge” winning the contest! Among more than 200 students and 77 teams participating in the competition, they were finalists together with only seven teams from six Business Schools that went through to final round in Monaco, to pitch in front of the jury composed of investors and professionals in the industry and chaired by the CEO of Moschino, Gabriele Maggio. Lorenzo and Ernesto held a 6-minute pitch that earned them the first prize in the competition.

Their project, Box’nPapers, born out of the market inefficiencies in the vintage high-end watch industry, aims at matching the needs of watch and warranties buyers and sellers who are looking for an easier and safer shopping experience. As requested by the competition rules, the project also focuses on social and environmental impact. The start-up is committed to sponsor sustainable watchmakers and help small shops to go digital.

“We are fully aware of the stakes. Many solid ideas were out there, it is not easy to challenge the industry! That’s a starting point. We are proud of having prized IE Business School in such an international competition, without the tools we learnt here we couldn’t have succeeded” – Lorenzo, founder of Box’nPapers

Box’nPapers is already operating, and by the end of the month will be part of a VC fund’s portfolio.We are looking forward to seeing how this project evolves!






Fintech and the Future of Finance

Written on May 22, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

On May 16, the IE Finance and Capital Markets Club hosted a conference titled “Fintech and the Future of Finance,” featuring three speakers, all leaders in the fintech industry in Spain, who spoke about their firms and how they are changing the way finance and banking are done. Grégoire de Lestapis presented on behalf of Lendix, the first European platform for business loans. Mr. Lestapis was previously General Director of BBVA in France. Unai Ansejo, PhD, CFA presented on behalf of Indexa Capital, the leading automated asset manager in Spain. Francisco Sierra presented on behalf of N26, a groundbreaking Berlin-based mobile bank. Mr. Sierra also presented the winners of the N26 Fintech Case Competition with their award. The case competition was organized by the club in cooperation with N26 staff in Germany, and challenged student teams to analyze the customer signup process at N26 and recommend improvements. Six teams submitted solutions. The winning team also presented their solution. All this was followed by a cocktail hour, sponsored by IE Campus Life and IE Career Services, where attendees enjoyed networking with the three speakers and members of IE’s staff.

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