Written by Johannes Burgard
ESADE cultivates a very collaborative culture on campus and in class room. Team work and social competencies are very important to us and we carry this spirit on to the extracurricular activities. Every school tells you this of course. However, in case and sport competitions we experience a difference to other schools… and they do, too!
The Entrepreneurship Club started this year with very high enthusiasm and great plans. We wanted to create many fun and educational events around the entrepreneurship topic. We found out very soon that we were missing two very important aspects in our planning. First, the MBA keeps you extremely busy and the other MBASA clubs have the same enthusiasm. Second, Barcelona is an incredibly active entrepreneurship hub in Europe. Many students come to explore their options and evaluate their personal interests for their very own future. Most students want to explore more during their MBA journey than just focusing on one topic. Hence, we bundled our resources to align our events with the other MBASA activities and started to filter all the information about entrepreneurship activities on and off campus, and communicated these to our club members. I am talking about the E3 initiative led by the MSc students (MIE – Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship), the EWorks with the EFounders MeetUps, the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute (EEI, http://www.esade.edu/research-webs/esp/eei/e-garage) activities and the Barcelona happenings, e.g. Silicon Drinkabout and FuckUp Nights Barcelona.
In essence, our club activity became primarily focused on communication and networking. We had a case competition with IESE at StartUpBootCamp Barcelona, hosted guest speakers, held workshops and organized a London Trek in April. We met up with a colorful mix of entrepreneurship players in London: a VC, early stage businesses and startups (Deliveroo, Eyetease, Iadbox), a business builder (The Sandpit), funding platform (Gust), met up with Imperial College and LBS, had a case challenge with 4 Entrepreneurs presenting their challenges, which we were working on during the event. We also connected to our Alumni network and ESADE BAN (Business Angle Network). Before summer we held a second case competition and the Entrepreneurship Club will host a trek to Tel Aviv in September.
Now, we are working on a smooth handover of our responsibilities to the Class of 2018 this fall. I hope this information is useful to you and gives you a first impression what is possible at ESADE and in Barcelona! In case you are joining ESADE this fall, I bet you are pumped up now just as we were one year ago. However, you may relax for now, you don’t need to hustle today. Once you arrive at ESADE, we will introduce you to all of this in detail and you will have enough time to apply for any MBASA position you wish for.
We would like to thank all ESADE entities for the great support through out this amazing year! Also, we want to welcome all new ESADE family members! See you soon!