Net Impact club introduced me to Impact Investing

In February, Net Impact hosted an internal competition around impact investing. Students teams were asked to evaluate the La Fageda business model, evaluate the impact and concurrently determine whether it was a viable investment. The winner would be sent to the “Doing Good Doing Well Conference”, where they competed against other international business schools in a competition of impact investing.

Sidhant Sharma describes his experience: “the challenge asked us to place the role of a venture capital firm that was interested in investing in to the ideas of entrepreneurs focused towards social impact while at the same time generating profits. The challenge consisted of three phases – due diligence, presentation and negotiation with the investment board. We were asked to decide where to invest. This competition was unique as we were not only asked to play multiple roles but our entire skillset was tested during the day. Competitions such as these are more than just filling up PowerPoint slides; it intentionally meshes all the key elements from the MBA curriculum. I would recommend “Net Impact Club” to all MBA students who are ready to make an impact.”

Stay tuned for our next event ‘Social Entrepreneurship Info Session’ being conducted by Lisa Hehenberger on the 28th of March 2017.

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Marketing around the World!

Hello fellow Marketers! One big focus area of our club this year in addition to organising case competitions like Nespresso, is knowledge sharing and enhancing the classroom experience in the new world of Marketing. On that note, in February, we launched our new initiative called “Marketing Around the world” which are knowledge sharing sessions with Marketing leaders in key global markets, be it Brazil, India or here in Europe.

We kicked off with a guest speaker from Procter & Gamble. In the 1 hour session, we obtained  a good overview about the work of a brand manager at P&G. We covered topics such as ROI of campaigns, customer segmentation, and execution of concepts. Furthermore, we saw a recent Pampers advertisement created for the Japanese market and talked about its message as well as the process behind the creation of such an ad campaign.



The session gave our club members a great opportunity to interact with an industry expert and to build a link between the concepts that were taught in our class in Marketing Strategy and their application in daily business. We are excited to announce our second session with Celso Shimbakuro,  a senior director at PepsiCo Brazil (ex Accenture and Samsung) on revenue management and its role in Marketing. Join us for the webinar on March 28th at 6 pm and you can sign up on our Facebook page! Stay tuned here for more club news and a report on our upcoming trek to Amsterdam!

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Carnaval: A Latin American Fiesta

Just before sunset on Saturday March 18th, over 200 ESADE students, significant others, and friends came together to celebrate Latin American culture in a BIG way on the rooftop of Club Catwalk with an ocean view! A Colombian Carnaval brought with them dancers and costumes for attendees to get into a festive mood, while a Brazilian band played us into a wild night of celebration. In between acts, ESADE’s own Camilo Afanador DJ’d popular Latin music as Colombian and Brazilian snacks were passed around including empanadas and pelotas de queijo.

Events like Diwali and Gastrofest have become signatures of ESADE’s MBASA, and the Latin American Business Club may have just established another signature event after the success of our Carnaval fiesta. The rumors of this fiesta began spreading in early February, but in true Latin American style, our board members (and a large number of beloved volunteers) pulled together a hugely successful event in a matter of two weeks. Without the event planning of the LatAm board’s Event’s VP, Juliana Gomez, the drive of our President Marcos Stuart, the coordination of our Finance VP Alvaro Valdez, and the sales of one of our Career’s VP’s Bruno Pena, the event would not have been possible, so a round of applause to all of them!

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Latin American Club Kick-Off

The much anticipated club kick-off drew an audience of more than 20 students with the shared interest in Latin American Business.  During the event we ate lunch, and were were able to discuss each others experiences in Latin American, as well as our thoughts about the Latin American outlook. Our club’s board also shared its plans for future events, and hosted a chat with the career service director responsible for Latin American companies. It was just the first event of many that the club is planing, and we are looking forward to sharing more with our ESADE peers soon!


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Fintech trend for the week: Payments

Fintech trend for the week

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ESADE “Better Halves” Language Exchange/Intercambio de Idiomas

Learning a language is a process that comes with many challenges. One such challenge: If you don’t use it, you lose it! Getting enough practice is key to meeting language learning goals, especially when it comes to speaking. Further, particularly for adults, learning is best absorbed and retained when there is a clear, motivating link between the relevance of the content and learners’ lives. Read the rest of this entry »

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Danone Visit

Despite my obsessive refreshing of the Google Maps app, the highway continued to resemble more of a parking lot than a route of transportation. This was the first event that I planned for the Operations Supply Chain club, and I, and the other 5 people in my cab, was going to be late. While I tried to distract myself from my tardiness and imminent car sickness, I quickly warned the cabs filled with 14 of my peers behind me to take a different route, unfortunately, one of them received the message too late. Luckily we planned our transportation with some buffers rather than ‘just in time’ and we all made it without having to use the excuse of Spanish time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beer Simulation Game

The week before the club’s visit to Danone, a group of twenty 1st year MBA students participated in a hands-on simulation of a brewer’s supply chain, and I was one of that twenty! Read the rest of this entry »

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Design Thinking Workshop: Product Design

On January 23rd 2017, The Design and Innovation Club held its first Design Thinking workshop on Product Design in E-Garage. Guido Charosky, the Director of the Innovation Lab @ESADE, helped ESADE MBA students to

DISCOVER [Product Design],
LEARN [a Design Thinking Methodology], and
EXPERIENCE [The Wallet Case],

which is a famous case from Stanford School of Design. Read the rest of this entry »

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Food Hackathon: Transcending Today’s Tapas

On December 17th 2016, the Design and Innovation Club, along with the Entrepreneurship Club and Hospitality Club, supported the very first Food Hackathon BCN. The event was organized by FoodInno Institute @ Stanford-Berkeley, in collaboration with ESADE Business School.

The main theme for the event was around Spain’s most famous dish, Tapas. Titled “Transcending Today’s Tapas,” the event was held in marge of the 2016 World Open Innovation Conference and saw MBA students, innovation professionals and university faculty team up to tackle the challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

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ESADE Full Time MBA ranked 17th Worldwide by Financial Times

This year’s prestigious Financial Times ranking is out today, placing ESADE amongst the top 20 business schools in the world, our best result yet in the history of our MBA programme.

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LGBT MBAs Fly to London for the EurOut Conference

The weekend of November 18, a group of eight MBA students from the 1st and 2nd years, as well as one MSc and one BBA student, flew to London for the annual EurOut Conference. EurOut is Europe’s leading LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) MBA conference hosted by London Business School. Read the rest of this entry »

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Understanding the sports business ecosystem with Sebastián Lancestremère, Sports Business General Manager at Microsoft Corporation

Sebastián Lancestremère at ESADESebastián Lancestremère, Sports Business General Manager at Microsoft Corporation, participated in a Sport Business Management class session of The ESADE MBA to talk about innovation in the sports industry and how technology, business and product/service innovations are already changing the world of sports as we know it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Understanding the sports business ecosystem with Pau Serracanta, Managing Director of Dorna Sports

Pau Serracanta at ESADEPau Serracanta, Managing Director of Dorna Sports, visited our Full-Time MBA students during a session of the Sports Business Management elective course at ESADE. Serracanta explained the “nuts and bolts” of hosting sporting events, including the importance of defining the event’s strategy; how to successfully navigate the bidding process; the necessary preparation, operations and logistics to make the event a success; and the “legacy” left behind after the curtain has closed on a major event. Read the rest of this entry »

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Understanding the reality of the sports business ecosystem

By Carles Cantó

ESADE Business SchoolThe sports industry accounts for around 1.5% of the global GDP. In some countries – for example, China, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar – it is a strategic driver of growth, from a social angle as well as an economic perspective. The sports arena consists of a variety of “pieces” that, when put together, constitute the sports business ecosystem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leading Futures: an ESADE Full-Time MBA student initiative aimed at bringing innovation to companies

160 students from six business schools and 15 companies participated in Leading Futures, a conference and case competition organised by students in the ESADE Full-Time MBA

Bringing innovation to companies: that was the aim of Leading Futures, a conference and case competition organised by Full-Time ESADE MBA students. The event involved 160 students from ESADE Business School, Bocconi University, Amsterdam Business School (ABS), McGill University, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Georgetown University. “The Leading Futures conference is a brilliant student-run initiative,” explained Prof. Luis Vives, Associate Dean of the ESADE MBA. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jam Sessions by the Music Club

written by Itsuma Tanaka

ESADE MBA Jam Sessions!

It was about a year ago, in September 2015, when enthusiastic musicians of the ESADE MBA Class of 2017 hosted their first jam session ever. The first ever ESADE Jam Session – a small start.

Back then, it allowed those few musicians to take the stage and have fun rocking a small crowd of just about 40 people. The success of the event led this group of ESADE musicians to start the Music Club as a Social Club within the MBASA. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hult Prize 2016 – “The Year of the App”

[Written by Serik Sharipov]

The Hult Prize case challenge for 2017 is out. Why should you participate?

It is safe to say that the Hult Prize competition was one of the highlights of my first MBA year at ESADE. It gave me a chance to explore a largely unknown to me area of social entrepreneurship. It helped me hone my skills during preparation and the pitching rounds of the contest. It provided a great opportunity to network with ambitious bright students from all over the world at the regional meet in London. Most importantly, it was a fun project to work on with my friends and classmates, Betsy, Moni, and Lauren (Team Tuyyo!).

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Asian Business Club : Review of Events

How quickly, the MBA year flies by! For us at the Asian, Business Club, it has been a very fruitful year. For those thinking to join us, this is a timeline of events we organized and helped achieve.

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Bertelsmann´s Corporate Entrepreneur Program presentation

The Entrepreneurship Club kicked off his activities for this school´s year with a presentation from the Bertelsmann group, the biggest media conglomerate of Europe. This presentation was made following the club´s objective of promoting corporate entrepreneurs, also know as intrapreneurs: people that have the drive and desire to to build a project within a company.

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