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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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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!

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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 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!


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

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 for more information or visit IE Business School Hult Prize page on


IE Israel Club interviews IE exchange student in Israel

Written on June 17, 2014 by Campus Life in Geographic

lucLuc is a fresh graduate from the international MBA at IE Business School. Luc, a Swiss lawyer with professional experience in Investment Banking and Tax consulting, chose to visit Israel for short exchange in the Technion University. I met Luc to discuss about his experience in Israel.

Luc, it is interesting to know why you to choose Israel as your exchange country?

I have always been interested in Startups and Technology and if you are interested in these subjects there are two places you should visit: Silicon Valley and Israel. We had the option to visit Israel so that was my choice. Moreover, around the time of the decision where to do my exchange week, Google bought Waze for 1 Billion dollar which increased the interest in Israel even more.

Israel has a certain image and many times people are surprised to discover that Israel is such an innovative and leading tech society, what have you discovered about Israel that surprised you?

What I found interesting is the fact that in Israel people are not afraid to fail. They are risk takers and there is kind of a notion that you don’t have to be the smartest person on earth in order to try do things, so they try – if they have an idea they will go for it, and if it will be a success it is good and if not, that’s ok too. We had a few entrepreneurs who shared their failures stories with us and they spoke about it in a very open and honest way.

It is interesting to see that all the big companies in the world have a presence in Israel especially with R&D Centers. Companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, Ebay and many more. We visited Google campus in Tel-Aviv and they have a very cool atmosphere there, very relaxed and surprisingly it is very big in size. I never experienced something like this. The visit to google campus was very unique and interesting and its obvious that Google must be gaining from being there.

We also visited Microsoft R&D center and this as well was big in size and very professional. We had a conversation with the R&D manager in which he gave us insights to their work. Their employees fully committed to help startups to grow and it is not necessarily that they will benefit Microsoft directly. The atmosphere is impressive. It is a great opportunity for startups to be there and as for Microsoft too, I think they access to the new trends coming out of Israel through this way.

What I also liked about Israel is that no matter where you go there is a very informal atmosphere… Everyone is dressed casually – no formality.

israel clubMany people try to understand why Israel is such an entrepreneurial country. In your opinion, what drives the entrepreneurship spirit in Israel?

Well I believe that for Israeli entrepreneurs it’s not about the money; they get into entrepreneurship to change and to create new things and they like to do it while having fun and enjoying life. The people have a lot of energy and they put into creativity while working very hard at the same time.

What did you learn from your time in Israel?

I learned that in order to be a successful entrepreneur you don’t have to have a fancy office. I was Impressed to see that many startups have their office is in the streets of Tel-Aviv sitting outside in coffee shops and open spaces. You don’t need anything to become an entrepreneur and have your own company. You just need to do it. One can’t believe that he/she can start a company on a bench in the boulevard.

In your opinion, why should other people visit Israel?

I think that if you are interested in entrepreneurship you definitely should visit Israel. It will give you a close insight to one of the top places in the world for entrepreneurship; the spirit is everywhere. You get to see the whole eco-system for startup incubators, VC’s, entrepreneurs, investors and more.

You also get to know a very nice country; a place that normally you don’t know; unique culture, great life style, beach, blue sky. The people are friendly, lively, vibrant, and diverse – it’s not what you see on TV or read in the newspaper. It is a unique combination of business, fun life and history


Interviewed by Nir Hindi, IE Israel Club Madrid Chapter


IE Israel Club panel with entrepreneurs

Written on June 4, 2014 by Campus Life in Geographic

VCPANELOn Saturday, May 17th, the Israel Club Madrid Chapter organized a unique panel with 3 Israeli start-up entrepreneurs.

The main purpose of the panel was to bring hands-on entrepreneurs in the different stages of their ventures, share their experiences and ask them questions that are important on the entrepreneurship process.

In the conversation each of the presenters presented his journey and experience with Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital and after an open panel for Q&A.

The entrepreneurs that participated in the panel:

–       Omri Morgenshtern- CEO of Qlika, a recently acquired start-up, focused on digital marketing. 

–       Yuval Ariav – Co-founder and CTO of a new and promising company called Fundbox, which has recently raised 17.5$ Million in series A funding.

–       Nadav Weizmann – Is the co-founder and CTO of a new venture called Docady.

The Panel was very interesting and enlightening. Many tips, day-to-day experiences and challenges were shared, along with strategic view and insightful advices. Main topics discussed were – Advices for people interested in starting their venture, finding the right idea, the entrepreneurship day-to-day life and challenges, raising money, dealing with VC, and more.

IE Israel Club Madrid Chapter

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