Future Plans in 2018 for IE Automotive Club

Written on December 20, 2017 by Campus Life in Professional

After an excellent year when IE Automotive Club has revved its engines with exciting activities, it is time to think forward and plan ahead for the future. We strongly believe that 2018 will be at least as fruitful as 2017 for IE Automotive Club and, to make our point, we will share with you some of the activities that we are organizing throughout next year.

PSA factory visit
We are happy to announce that a factory visit to one of the greatest automobile plants in Spain has already been scheduled for the beginning of June 2018. PSA Group is a French multinational manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles sold under the Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands. Stay in touch with us to find out more information about the visit as we get closer to scheduled date.

Guest speakers
As you already got used to, we will keep bringing relevant people from automotive and mobility industries here in IE. Some of the companies that are under our radar for next year are BMW, Mini, Uber, Daimler, Emov, Volvo and many others. These events are a great opportunity to expand your network in the sector and to learn more information about each company so get ready to make the most out of them by being present and asking relevant questions to our guests.

Fun activities
One of the reasons that brings us together here in IE Automotive Club is the passion for cars. That’s why we are planning some exciting activities outside of our academic environment, such as karting and drive test sessions. It’s going to be a great opportunity to network and bond with the other club members who share the same interest for automobiles.

We hope that our future activities have captured your interest in joining IE Automotive Club in the upcoming year and we are looking forward to meeting you in January when our first event of 2018 will take place.

Until then, good luck to your finals and happy holidays from IE Automotive Club team!


IE Halloween Party 2017

Written on December 20, 2017 by Campus Life in Geographic, Social

Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore
Scary witches at your door
Jack-O-Lanterns grinning bright
Wishing you a Haunting Night!

After the earthquake in Mexico and the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico the IE Mexican Club and IE USA Club decided to join forces and celebrate El dia de los Muertos/ Halloween to help celebrate and collect funds to help relief efforts. So we throw the IE Halloween Party, a night we party with our colleges at El Doblon where all our friends show up in crazy costumes! One of the most fun nights of the year when they could be out of their element letting lose and enjoy themselves wile they helped at the same time.

The party was a success, we manage to earn €1000 to help TECHO a nonprofit organization that mobilizes youth volunteers to fight extreme poverty in Latin America by constructing transitional housing and implementing social inclusion programs. With presence 19 countries in Latin America.


2017 Automotive Club for Students’ Review

Written on December 19, 2017 by Campus Life in Professional

I have been always passionate about the automotive industry and as soon as I joined IE, at the beginning of the year, I was very excited to discovered that there was an Automotive Club for students. Later, I found out that the club had been suspended due to inactivity and I thought that bringing back the club together would be a great opportunity to share my common interests with other people also curious about this field and a great chance to network with industry leaders. 

While having conversations with some colleagues, I met two friends who shared the same passion as me for cars and we decided that, together, we will start the club back leveraging on our own experiences and contacts, and this is how the Automotive Club for Students begun in May 2017. Our first meeting was held at Selfie restaurant to get to know each other and those willing to be part of the club. 

Previously, I had met an IE Professor who was well connected among people in the automotive industry and was willing to collaborate with the club. Without any doubt, I can say he was a key contributor to the club all this year. With his collaboration, we managed to arrange a visit to Volvo Headquarters in Madrid, which was our second event. A group of 15 people were kindly received by Enrique Entrala, Volvo’s Network Development Manager and we discussed about the company’s vision of the future related to the vehicles distribution strategy and learned some specific company insights that helped us broaden our perspective.  Already before going into the August break we were planning to do a factory visit which was originally planned for September. After a lot of effort and talking to many people, I must mention that it was very difficult to find a company that would be willing to open their doors to a group of students, due to external reasons, they cancelled our visit and got rescheduled for June, 2018; part of our legacy for the new club coordinators and its members.

Moving forward this planning issue, in September we got in touch with EMOV’s Chief Marketing Officer, Carlos Blanco, an IE alumni, who generously accepted to present to us their view of the car sharing industry and where it is moving to in the coming years. The event was the one which had the highest participation rate, we believe this happened because the topic was more popular and trendy among students.

Finally, in November we leveraged on the fact that two of us were working in an Impact Project with Daimler – Germany. Within Daimler, their truck division and its telematics department called Fleetboard. During this month, we held two events; in the first one we discussed how they employ an entrepreneurial approach to manage their projects, something that is not common at all in such big and structured companies. The second topic was about working in Daimler across multiple geographies and job functions. In both of them, students were very committed and engaged to the topics discussed. 

Concluding, it was a wonderful year at IE Business School where we worked as a team doing what we liked the most, that is being strongly involved in automotive events where we were able to know many interesting people. We hope this help the coming coordinators to leverage in our positive experiences and to promote the Automotive Club for students. 



IE Tennis Club

Written on December 15, 2017 by Campus Life in Sports

With the cold winter days arriving the IE Tennis Club is getting quieter. However, as true tennis lovers such this doesn’t discourage us to hit the court.

We have organized our session in a two-fold fashion. One is to match and meet players casually whenever it suits their calendars. The other is a tennis ladder that organises competitions amongst players acco rding to their level. Thanks to our very active member base ranging from professionals to beginners the Tennis Club is able to match players with similar levels for the ladder games. Also, we are happy that we could implement the idea for the ladder into our Club which emerged from our members itself.

Our plans are to keep practicing in the beautiful sun of Madrid after the winter break and organise more sessions with a professional trainer. We plan to bucket members according to their level so we can arrange separate courts for different levels, with or without a trainer. Another exciting target is the collective attendance of the Madrid Open taking place in May 2018.

We are very proud of our diverse community who keeps enriching the IE tennis experience and looking forward to welcome more members!

Pick up your racquet and join IE Tennis Club!



Autumn for the IE Tennis Club.. Getting ready for MBAT!

Written on December 15, 2017 by Campus Life in Sports

After a busy Autumn, the IE tennis club is looking forward to its winter physical preparation before coming back on courts early next year. Objectives lying in front of us are the MBAT 2018, which is the main sports event for Business schools held Barcelona. During the MBAT tournament, Tennis is played in the Davis cup format and gathers around 20 teams.

IE Tennis club has welcome new members from all levels this year and a new coordinators’ team is in place. Nata, Henri and Louis will replace Camille and Joseph from January 2018 onwards.

The craze for the tennis team has been quite important in the last few weeks, with players from every program gathering to play tennis together. Students from the MiM, the MiF, the IMBA, Master in Big Data etc have enjoyed the Madrid sun, playing in various locations such as Retiro, Pradillo, where the courts are of high quality.

We have also created a WhatsApp group for club members as a communication medium to meet, practice and play tennis. The group has been very active, and participants are bringing a lot of ideas. One of them concluded to bring a tennis teacher for players to level up and improve their technique.

In addition, an informal tennis championship is taking place between all members, allowing us to play in friendly competition and improve our technique and mental aptitudes.

2018, IE tennis club is coming for you !

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