Written on July 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

The winning team WKN Partners with Paris de l’Etraz

In today’s new businesses’ boiling pot, recognizing valuable ventures is a thrilling adventure. We at the Finance and Capital Markets Club know that great cocktails are about not only high quality ingredients but also coming up with a smart mix. In a same way, half science and half art, M&A are the recipes in the business’ World.

Before a well deserved Summer break, the IE Finance and Capital Markets Club in a joined effort with IE Entrepreneurship Club, IE Private Equity and Venture Capital Club and Paris de l’Etraz – Managing Director IE Venture Lab – organized the M&A Origination Competition.

Over the course of past 4 weeks, 12 teams had the opportunity to build up a variety of innovative M&A propositions. On Thursday July 12th, this process culminated with a round of final presentations in Aula Magna in front of a jury comprising seasoned investment professionals Alberto Sparrow, Pablo Gallo, Demetrio Arias, Jorge Montes and Olaf Díaz-Pintado.

All the 12 teams presented strong cases covering a wide spectrum of industries: clean energy, e-commerce, insurtech and food delivery among others. Some brought in their unique insights from previous experience with the industry of choice and some other teams went for a completely new one, seizing the opportunity to develop in just one month an in-depth understanding of a new business area. All of this to come up with lucrative investment opportunities.

One presentation to rule them all:

WKN Partners stood out both in terms of size and proposition – the biggest team in the competition, exploring several disruptive ideas. The team comprised 6 MiM students: Joaquín Alonso Lluch, Rainer Koch, Arthur Marandon, Gregorio Margotto, Antoine Moyroud, Marnik Willems, covering innovative topics at the intersection of insect farming and aquaculture, bringing also to picture student housing.

Their first proposal addressed the large scale problem of food scarcity as world population keeps growing and traditional farming can’t keep up with the pace of it’s growth. WKN Partners identified the potential solution by bringing together insect farming and aquaculture. Insects are currently the most sustainable resource for farmers, so insect farming could potentially answer both the agricultural challenge faced by the world and the serious limit faced by the fishing industry: today’s fisheries are getting pushed over the biological limits and they are constant reports of oceans running out of fish in the near future. For this reason this particular intersection of the industries has a huge growth potential, so it would be a very strong strategic investment.

In a second part WKN partners analyzed rising demand in student housing worldwide. Taking a closer look at the Spanish housing market, WKN identified several potential targets for real estate companies, that could address the need for high quality student housing.

First running up team integrated by Can Olger, Marjolaine Mandagot and Evan Linker presented a highly relevant case tackling renewable energy. The second runner ups Nnamdi Ehirim, Achille Fankem and Meredith Hayward chose African gas as business area for their investment opportunity.

From the Finance and Capital Markets Club we want to thank all the participants for their effort and interesting insights, all the members of the jury and the mentors for their assistance. Of course, also to all the collaborators and IE community members who made this happen.

We wish you an amazing Summer. See you again in September to keep up with Finance and Capital Markets!


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