30
Apr

IE Consulting Club with Accenture Strategy

Written on April 30, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

The IE Consulting Club had last month the pleasure of teaming up with Accenture Strategy – Accenture Showcase Page to present another round of the Club’s case-cracking sessions on Campus. In this occasion our guest speaker, Anton Riestra -Director for the Energy Sector- conducted a Company presentation, and introduced us to the main tech trends disrupting the Electricity Sector, such as Electric Vehicles. We finished with a real-life case on the same topic. We would like to thank him and Diana Mahecha Ramírez again for their time and insights on the company, strategy-related careers and tips to prepare for recruitment processes. The event was a success, reaching overcapacity! This would have not been possible without all the effort of the Club Coordinators, Miguel Donetch, Cem Özmen, Syna Fischer, Alvaro Rueda Arellano, Manuel Ehmann, Christian Leibold Abhyudaya Choumal on the one side; and Marina Moreno and María López Domínguez on the Accenture side. This also portrays the continued growth of strategic relationships with the consulting industry thanks to IE’s Career Services and IE Corporate Relations through Juan Oyarzabal Lodge, BEATRIZ GARCIA-BERNALT and Dean Price from IE Business School.

Thank you all!

30
Apr

IE Cooking Club

Written on April 30, 2018 by Campus Life in Social

For the last month, the cooking club has been making different kinds of activities involving the preparation of meals of different countries such as United States, Colombia, Italy, Mexico, and Spain among others. In the beginning, we didn’t have too many many members of the club but each month the amount of joining members have been increasing month by month.

The purpose of doing activities in which students have to cook is because most of them live on their own without a cooking knowledge so the objective is that each one of this student can acquire the ability to cook what they like the most. During activities, we just not learn how to cook, we have lots of fun knowing new friends from all over the world and everything through a delicious dinner.

The way we manage to pick the meal we want to learn its preparation is by proposing cool ideas or by picking a country and selecting a typical meal of the chosen country.

Activities usually take place during the weekends so we cook a Saturday night, we learn to cook, we have a great time cooking and after the activity we normally go out to hangout.

23
Apr

Startup Grind Madrid with IE Entrepreneurship Club

Written on April 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

On January 24th, IE Entrepreneurship Club hosted Startup Grind Madrid on Campus. A fantastic opportunity to meet Antonio Cantalapiedra, former Country Manager (CM) of MyTaxi Spain in Madrid and get inspired by his entrepreneurship experience. Let’s look at some highlights…

Startup Grind is a worldwide community which aims to educate, inspire and connect people in the entrepreneurial sector. Their Madrid chapter was relaunched three years ago when Claus Rosenberg encouraged the re-initiation after the project had been put on pause. Along with Roger Berdayes, Gonzalo Torres and Costanza Vanutelli, they were skeptical that it would work due to a lack of entrepreneurial culture, but they believed Madrid’s potential had yet to bloom, so they pursued.

All talks that Startup Grind organizes are centered around the speaker’s experience. The aim is to tackle key topics that focus on the speaker’s knowledge. Sharing the same ambition and mindset, Madrid Startup Grind and Instituto de Empresa’s (IE) Entrepreneurship Club have partnered to promote the project. In fact, the famous Area 31 has held an event on last January 24th, hosting the ex-CEO of Mytaxi Madrid, Antonio Cantalapiedra. He is best described as an energetic leader who excels in leading change. He was at the reins of Mytaxi Spain because of his understanding of the market that allowed him to adjust the strategy and drive the company to success.
During the talk, Cantalapiedra underlined the importance of customers’ opinion and reviews; understanding their needs and problems is an essential block to ensuring the survival of a project.

In a recent interview, Roger Berdayes explained “the so-called ecosystem, refers to the entrepreneurial sector of a given place. When asked why they had chosen Madrid, he responded that unlike other ecosystems – such as Barcelona, London, and Tel Aviv- Madrid entrepreneurs are of a different breed precisely because of the different relationship that they have with their investors. In other words, more developed ecosystems, startups hare a higher success rate because investors know what it implies. Whereas in Madrid, which is the financial center of Spain, investors are not looking to invest in high-risk projects; instead, they reluctant to move on to the venture capitalist mentality. They look for security, and start-up investments are all, but safe. That’s why we wish to encourage the latent talent that there is in Madrid.” The co-director continues: “we look at the big picture, and we want to improve Spain’s ecosystem as a whole. Particularly, Barcelona is doing a fantastic job; their ecosystem is older than Madrid’s, it is rapidly growing in size, quality, and team retention. Madrid is still at the stage of growing its reputation; we seek to attract more founders from both outside and within,” Berdayes concludes.

In a study  conducted by the EDUCA 2020, produced by Gad3 and sponsored by where nine thousand Spaniards were interviewed. The results showed that one in five higher education students want to be entrepreneurs. In a similar study, only one thousand were interviewed, but the authors found that fifty-seven percent of the new generation wants to be self-employed. Forty percent also point out that being self-employed implies an element of self-achievement while twenty-three percent see it as a way into the job market.
Nevertheless, most of them approach entrepreneurship from the wrong perspective. They think it is about owning a company and earning millions. Berdayes pointed out that “If you are an entrepreneur you don’t focus on owning a company, because most of all, you want to solve a problem, and it might involve creating a company to conquer it. It requires determination and persistence; it is not easy, but it is the most rewarding and worthwhile experience.” concludes the co-director of the Madrid chapter. The way Startup Grind spreads information is unconventional. They offer all the tools to be a well-rounded entrepreneur; it is up to each one of the participants to take and cherish what they need.

On another note, Madrid’s economy is growing by three percent yearly. It is perhaps the only city that did not experience significant unemployment during the Spanish crisis. The bureaucracy in Spain is less than many Eastern European hubs, yet still more than Saxon ones.

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur in Madrid or another Startup Grind City Chapter, this event is what you want to be involved with. It is an engaging and useful way to, expand your knowledge and develop your network. One of their recurring teachings is that failure is temporary and should not discourage you! Get reassured by the fact that other people are going through the same struggles.

The events, together with the events and workshops organized by the Entrepreneurship club, allow for the development and exchange of ideas to foster a growing entrepreneurial community on campus and beyond.

Stay tuned for the upcoming events of both the Entrepreneurship Club.

The Entrepreneurship Club’s mission is to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship among IE students. The club focuses on organizing events that will inspire and help entrepreneurs, especially in the phases of deciding to become an entrepreneur and turning your idea into a real company.

IE Entrepreneurship Club hosted Startup Grind Madrid in Area 31
Elena C. Broglia

23
Apr

IBM Watson Analytics Workshop

Written on April 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

Wednesday, 7th March, the IE AI Club in collaboration with the IE USA Club hosted a IBM Watson Analytics Workshop with Luis Reina, one of IBM’s leading Big Data architects at IBM Spain. The event is part of AI Club’s Tech Speaker Series.

Watson Analytics uses Natural Language Understanding and variety of Predictive Analytics to discover relationships, different facets and anomalies in Big Data. It could be applied in absolutely different industry and business problem. And the most attractive point is that it doesn’t require a lot of coding skills for develop your own solution. 

During the workshop, Luis presented Watson Analytics and Watson Data Platform to a packed classroom of business students at IE Business School. Being a part of IBM’s Academic Initiative, faculty and students at IE get access to tools to develop the next great thing. At the end of event, students had the opportunity to network with people from IBM and received special credits for IBM Cloud for their future projects and learnings.

We want to thank our members for being active in the Club’s activity. We are looking forward to meeting you all at our next events! Keep an eye for update in your inbox!

23
Apr

Cracking the Case with Accenture

Written on April 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

The IE Consulting Club had yesterday the pleasure of teaming up with Accenture Strategy – Accenture Showcase Page to present another round of the Club’s case-cracking sessions on Campus.

In this occasion our guest speaker, Anton Riestra -Director for the Energy Sector- conducted a Company presentation, and introduced us to the main tech trends disrupting the Electricity Sector, such as Electric Vehicles. We finished with a real-life case on the same topic. We would like to thank him and Diana Mahecha Ramírez again for their time and insights on the company, strategy-related careers and tips to prepare for recruitment processes. The event was a success, reaching overcapacity! This would have not been possible without all the effort of the Club Coordinators Cem Özmen, Syna Fischer, Alvaro Rueda Arellano, Manuel Ehmann, Christian Leibold Abhyudaya Choumal on the one side; and Marina Moreno and María López Domínguez on the Accenture side. This also portrays the continued growth of strategic relationships with the consulting industry thanks to IE’s Career Services and IE Corporate Relations through Juan Oyarzabal Lodge, BEATRIZ GARCIA-BERNALT and Dean Price from IE Business School.

Thank you all!

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