DCF Modeling Workshop

This past weekend, the Finance Club hosted a DCF Modeling workshop to help MBA students prepare for the Corporate Finance final project. Our VP of Education, Ahmed Abassi, led students through a detailed discounted cash flow model and everyone snacked on some home baked cookies. The Finance Club reiterates its commitment to spreading knowledge of finance to all students and we look forward to hosting more events in the future.

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Acceleration of entrepreneurship – 2018 starts the ignition

We’ve started 2018 by diving into the world of entrepreneurship within ESADE, Barcelona, and the world at large!

Here’s a snapshot of what we were up to –

In the beginning of the month we partnered with E-Works on an event about How to get started. Here we engaged in a lively conversation with the founders of Revolut (fintech), Meltin’ Barcelona (events), and Spitche (Digital Marketing) and heard about how you have to #justdoit and be willing to make mistakes (and learn from them :) ) to build a successful business.

“How to get started” is the first segment of our Entrepreneurship Club Startup Series, which follows the process of what it takes to launch and manage a growing (or not so growing) startup.

We also got our hands dirty in a joint event with the Consulting Club where, Enrico, the co-founder of a young SAS company, shared a current challenge: how to best monetize the platform. Teams analyzed this challenge and came up with innovative solutions.  They will present to him and ESADE faculty members later in February.

We also learned so-many-things VC from Entrepreneurship Club Board member Vicente Juliá Obarti during an event on the The Basics of VC. Recording of the session will be posted on our facebook soon!

Finally, the founder of DriveMe Barcelona visited us to give a talk on how he turned his passion for cars into a full on company! And a few students even got do drive their fancy cars! This was a joint event with the Operations Club.

E-Club members also attended a number of exciting community events, including the Barcelona Talent Night where we heard from successful startups, such as TypeForm and Red Points, and prominent European VC. #growyournetwork #engage

Check out our facebook for upcoming events, pics, announcements, recommended resources, and more!

(Latest announcement: Club trek this year will be to London!! And we’ll be partnering with the Design & Innovation Club to line up some exciting company visits. Stay tuned for more details!!)

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Asia Business Club: Exchange in Japan, South Korea and Singapore

After the successful gathering in January, the Asia Business Club once again organized an info event about our partner schools in Asia.

The event was organized via Skype and gave ESADEans the chance to clarify questions, such as which electives they should take, how they can look for job opportunities while being on exchange, and what the best way is to find a flat.

We would like to thank the following speakers:
Keisuke from Keio (Japan)
Daniel from Hitotsubashi (Japan)
Soyoung from Yonsei (South Korea)
Masaru from NUS (Singapore)
Lucy and Jaey from ESADE

Please reach out to us, should you have any remaining questions. We look forward to helping you!

You Asia Business Club

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Introducing the New Finance Club Board!

The Finance Club had its club kickoff on January 19th. Introductions were made and plans for the new year were announced. Among this year’s initiatives are: holding review sessions for finance courses, inviting local professionals to host trainings, and a trek to visit financial institutions in London.

In the meantime, we would like to introduce ourselves:

Our backgrounds cover all major areas of finance from investment banking to hedge funds and we are here to share our knowledge with you! We look forward to helping share our love of finance with the whole MBA cohort.

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Meet-up with Exchange Students from Asia

Last Wednesday, on January 24th, the Asia Business Club held its first official event of 2018. The idea was to bring together exchange students from Asia and ESADE students who intend to go on exchange at one of our partner schools across Asia.

Ultimately, about 30 students, including seven ESADE exchange students, were joining us at Ramen Dining YU for a delicious Japanese dinner and interesting talks about the exciting student life in Asia. Rumor has it, that even a few students from IESE couldn’t resist to join us that night.

We would like to express our gratitude to the various exchange students, who have joined us, be it from schools in Asia, Australia or the US.

We want to take this opportunity to make an important remark about our club:

As you might have heard, the Asia Business Club is now considered an “open club”, which means you can join the club, independent of how many other clubs you have already chosen. Please like us on Facebook “ESADE Asia Business Club” or contact one of the board members to get added to our Whatsapp group.

Stay tuned for more events and updates!

Your Asia Business Club!

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Fireside chat on female leadership

Last Monday we held a fireside chat with Tabitha Hayes, VP of Global Brand Management at Electronic Arts. In an informal setting, with pizzas and beers, Tabitha told us about her career in the super male-dominated field of video gaming, where <1% of senior positions are held by women. Undiscouraged by loneliness at the top, Tabitha made it her passion to develop talent in general, and female talent specifically. She explained to us what male and female leaders can do to advocate for women (e.g. in performance reviews) and to develop their talent (e.g. provide them with opportunities, tell other leaders about a woman’s talent and achievements).

Moreover, she talked about the importance of non-violent communication, implying that whenever someone is interrupted, or someone repeats someone else’s idea in their own words, a senior leader should point this out this behavior and call attention to it.  She does the same thing for mansplaining, or when she notices that people show an unconscious bias towards women in the hiring or performance processes.

Finally, Tabitha emphasized the power of the network. Working in a male-dominated industry, she has always been supported and benefited by female colleagues from other offices or companies, who face the same struggles and want to help each other. Her advice to women: be nice to each other, there are plenty of seats at the table! She also emphasized the importance of men being aware of these issues and supporting women, and she was very happy to see that our event’s attendants were 50-50% male/female!

A very inspiring leader from which we can learn a lot, thank you Tabitha!

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Breakfast with Chairwoman Johnson & Johnson LATAM Consumer Division

Winter time, Monday morning 8:00 AM – not our favorite meeting time in Barcelona. Nevertheless, more than 40 students gathered for a breakfast with Suzan Rivetti, Chairwoman of Johnson & Johnson LATAM’s Consumer Division!

Suzan told us about her 30+ years career, and the challenges she faced as a woman in Brazil, raising two young children while also building her career. She provided us with advice for our careers and our lives, each of them based on a personal story. Suzan emphasized the importance of finding the right company: a firm where you feel at home and have the potential to grow. Moreover, she told us it is important to stick to your values, even if those conflict with the company values or if you are afraid this could have a negative impact on your career. Suzan told us numerous stories where she stayed true to her values, and even left the company at some point because she did not feel respected, but finally it all turned out well and she came back.

We were very inspired, thank you Suzan!

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Movember auction: fundraising for men’s health & women’s education

Last november, the Women in Business Club and Movember crew organized an auction to raise funds for Movember (men’s health) and an ESADE Women in Business Scholarship!

MBA students and faculty offered products and services as diverse as a Japanese bento (lunch) box, Finance tutorialsyoga class, SQL training, or the opportunity to rent a dog for a day! All products were sold during an entertaining auction and we raised nearly €3,000, which is split 50-50% between Movember & the woman scholarship!

And next to the amazing amount we fundraised, the best part is that we get to know our classmates’ talents throughout the year!

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Participating in an exciting Solidarity Consulting Project of SUD

By: Masaaki Hamada (Class of 2017)

My internship experience in Solidarity Consulting Project of SUD was to work at Open Eyes Project, the small startup company in Delhi, for a month, and I especially worked on developing brand strategy and digital marketing strategy as well as creating a new tour category in the company, the wellness tourism. It cannot be simply explained how rich my experience in the project was because the everything I have experienced there was new and eye-opening for me. It was about living in a completely different place with a different culture, working at a small startup and social enterprise, and thinking about which skills and knowledges I could apply to this small business which is managed by only 2 staffs including the founder. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alumna Aline Noizet and her secret ingredients in Digital Health

The Encore event by the boards of Entrepreneurship Club and Healthcare club at ESADE MBA co 2018 welcomed alumna Aline Noizet. Aline was an MBA student of co 2012, and a successful example of a “triple jump”.

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Better Halves Welcome Lunch!

As everyone is settling and back to school, please remember to get your better half involved! Check out our welcome lunch and RSVP on the Facebook page!

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South Korea Study Tour

By Michael Longaro

Upon the completion of our first academic year of the ESADE MBA, sixty of us first year students embarked on a weeklong study tour in Seoul, South Korea. Met with incredible warmth and hospitality by our hosts at Yonsei University, Sangnam Institute of Management, one of the premier institutions of higher learning in South Korea, we were treated to five days of cultural, educational, and professional enlightenment.

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Welcome Better Halves Class of 2019

Welcome ESADE students of 2019!

If you have come to ESADE with your better half, please let them know we are here and to check us out on Facebook.

Check out our poster to know more: BETTER HALVES WELCOME

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Entrepreneurship Club Stockholm trek 2017

The Entrepreneurship Club has just returned from its second trek this year to Stockholm, after the very well received Tel Aviv trek. 20 ESADE MBA students jumped on the direct flight to Stockholm, the “Venice of the North”.

Stockholm has long been perceived as the capital of Scandinavia, as Sweden is, undoubtedly, the leader of the five Nordic countries. Sometimes considered a high-welfare socialist country, Sweden has recovered brilliantly from the 1990s social problems and built up a dazzling active business-driven society. In the 21st century, Stockholm proudly stands in the frontier of the European cities best for starting up a new business, lavishing with its rich resources in highly educated talents, strong financial investment, stream-lined government processes, and not to mention the extremely low corruption rate and well-governed legal system.

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Visit to La Fageda

On May 24th The Net Impact and Family Business club set out on a trek to visit La Fageda and Nutrex. The following post will focus on the visit to La Fageda.

The group arrived at La Fageda around 12pm and got to visit the facilities. La Fageda is a local social business that employs over 60% mentally disabled people while functioning as a co-operative where the employees are provided housing as well as employment. Read the rest of this entry »

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With Hope Comes Uncertainty

By Vishesh Dalal

When I got the option to pick a study tour as part of the MBA Program at ESADE Business School, I had the following options: South Korea, Colombia, South Africa and Germany (Berlin). Being passionate about entrepreneurship, Berlin seemed to be the easy answer as the objective of the tour was to network with start-ups and VCs in the Berlin start-up ecosystem. But I thought to myself, in the near future, will I get the opportunity to visit a South American country, along with my international peers, and learn about I continent I have never visited? The answer was easy: pick Colombia and explore a new part of the world!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Decathlon Visit

The Operations & Supply Chain Management Club celebrated the end of Term 3 by visiting the fulfillment center of Decathlon, the world’s largest sports retailer and online sports store.

After taking our last exam of Term 3, a group of 20 students met for a cava toast before heading from Sant Cugat campus to the fulfillment center by bus. There was an atmosphere of excitement and relief after finishing the first year’s courses, but also because of the participant’s interest in witnessing how a top company in Sports Business operates. When we arrived to the facility, one of the fulfillment center’s manager was kindly waiting to welcome us at the reception and briefly provide an overview of their supply chain before we embarked on a tour of the fulfillment center. We were pleasantly surprised in the way in which Decathlon reflects its mission to make sports accessible to the greatest number of people throughout its current distribution model.


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Berlin study trip – Exploring the new venture and high growth horizon

50 ESADE MBA students.
17 startups and venture capital companies.
5 days of excitement.
Invaluable learnings.

The ESADE MBA Berlin study tour for Class of 2018 didn’t put students sitting in a university classroom, but kept us moving from one company’s office to another, with a 7-day Berlin AB zone metro ticket.

In the pleasant breeze of Northern Germany’s month of June, we arrived in Berlin, which was once the greatest city of the world, and was seriously destroyed in WWII. Berlin bears mixed memories of pain and loss, but today it is vibrant and new again, and is recognized as one of the best startup hubs of Europe.

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ESADE visits Euroleague Basketball HQ!

At the beginning of February, ESADE Sports Business Club visited Euroleague Basketball HQ and received an informative presentation from Eduard Scott (COO of Euroleague). He presented the business, and after the presentation, opened to Q&A throughout which the members did not fail to deliver on. Euroleague has ESADE Alumnus working there, and we were happy to restore ESADE relationship with this great organization. Let’s go ESADE!!!


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The Healthcare Panel

On March 23rd, ESADE Healthcare Club held a roundtable entitled “where is the healthcare industry heading”. The panel was led by Felipe Lopez, manager of the Consumer Healthcare Business Unit at Chiesi Laboratories; Deirdre Field, Finance and Strategy consultant for Europe, Middle East and Africa in the Animal Health Department at Eli Lilly; Eric Hurel, regional HR manager for Europe, Canada and Latin America at Actelion; and Filippo Prina, director of IMS Health.

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