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Striving for Change through Social Entrepreneurship

Written on May 16, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

footer-okAre you an entrepreneur? Are you planning to set-up your business with a strong social commitment? Then have a closer look to the IE University Social Entrepreneurship Summer School… Oh! You are not High School student? Sorry…

IE University would like to offer high school students a unique experience of taking part in the Social Entrepreneurship Summer School. If you see opportunities where others only see empty buildings, unemployable people and unvalued resources, this is the event for you.

During the week of July 15 till 19, you will be working alongside other students from around the world on creating a social entrepreneurship project using The Design Thinking Methodology, an idea generating methodology, a protocol for solving problems and discovering new opportunities. By implementing the six steps of the Design Thinking Process, you will be forced to think out-of-the-box every step of the way, to use your imagination, to come up with innovative solutions, to overcome challenges and to seek opportunities.

Using this methodology, you will develop within a Global Action Team a grass-root social entrepreneurship project, centered on different topics, such as culture, ecology, sports, social justice and other. Interact with other students and social entrepreneurs who share your concern about our society’s most pressing problems and put an innovative battle plan into action. The program combines interactive and motivational lectures by renowned social entrepreneurs with hands-on Global Action Teams sessions. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in cultural, social, and outdoor activities that will allow you to get to know your fellow participants better and learn from their experiences.

The conference will be hosted in IE Universities’ beautiful historic campus in Segovia, Spain. Housed in a 15th century convent, this perfect setting will inspire you in your quest for new ideas to achieve social change. You’ll also be able to explore the surrounding areas, and enjoy and absorb all the history and culture that Spain has to offer.

We look forward to seeing you in Segovia! Sign-up here!


The social side of business…

Written on January 18, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

The 7th edition of the IE Social Responsibility Forum was held on November 23rd and 24th, and welcomed speakers from a number of companies including, Gabi Zedlmayer; Vice President of Global Social Innovation at HP, Maite Arago; VP and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Grupo Vips, Stephanie Schmidt; Director FEC Mexico at Ashoka, and Jean-Christophe Laugee; Director of Social Innovation and Ecosystem at Danone. The IE Social Responsibility Forum is the largest student-run event at IE.
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Reaching out to the top: QS Global 200

Written on December 12, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE Business School ranks top 10 worldwide in all categories of this year QS Global 200 Business Schools Report.

This report focuses merely on the employability of MBA graduates by region and specialization asking more than 3,300 MBA recruiters. Focusing solely on employers’ views provide a reliable insight as to which business schools produce MBA graduates and alumni that are favored by recruiters. This is derived from employers’ votes as to which schools they prefer to recruit MBA graduates.

IE Business School was considered on the no. 4 spot in Europe, stepping up one position from last year, and in all categories IE was placed within the top 10:

Corporate Social Responsibility 5 (11 in 2011)
Entrepreneurship 4 (5)
Finance 8 (8)
Information Management 6 (6)
Innovation 7 (7)
International Management 6 (7)
Leadership 7 (10)
Marketing 6 (15)
Operations 6 (6)
Strategy 7 (9)


Connecting dots… an Instagram insight into IE

Written on December 6, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

An Instagram insight into IE

Have you wondered what is happening at IE on a daily basis – outside of the classroom? Almost everyday you have a corporate speaker, a conference, a book presentation or a networking cocktail happening on our Madrid campus. Unfortunately, you don’t see so much on the the corporate web

Kerry Parke, associate director of the Communication Department, is connecting those dots invisible to those who are not on campus (yet) with Instagram. She tells the small stories behind the scenes or features another focus of larger events at IE, so that you can explore why IE is considered one of the leading business schools in the world.

Currently Kerry is talking about the LAUNCH period of the International MBA with initiatives like “Revolutionize your space” where students have to step into the shoes of architects or explore what it takes to climb all 14 eight-thousander mountains in the world as the first women ever.


Act now – making change, don’t just talk about it!

Written on April 23, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Students of the IE University BBA program will have to get involved into a Social Impact project during their studies. See some of the examples of their initiatives and feel the impact they created.


IE Impact Weekend is back and once more sets out to share ideas and develop socially responsible business plans by bringing together students from IE Business School with social entrepreneurs from across Spain. The main goal: to reach impact!

Created by IE Business School and IE Venture Lab, along with strategic partners such as the IE Net Impact Club and iWeekend, the Impact Weekend experience will take place in Madrid from 20th to 22nd April 2012.

How does it work?

After an open idea submission period, which will end on April 11th for IE students, everything will start with a Pitch Your PeersSession on Friday evening. During this session a short list of 10 ideas will be presented in front of an audience of judges and Impact Weekend participants. The 5 ideas that will appear most promising will then be handed over to 5 IE students/alumni who will work on each of them on Saturday and Sunday, using innovative and practical methodologies to build scalable ventures that address real-world issues. Cocktails and tapas will make the evenings even sweeter.

The winning team will be announced on Sunday and be provided with a direct entry into the next IE Venture Lab as well as some valuable media attention. The second- and third-place teams will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas at IE Venture Network events.

Thus, submit your idea, learn how to create social impact through business, gain unique networking opportunities and make “social responsibility” two words that should be on everybody´s agenda!


Social Consulting – live at the IE International MBA

Written on January 25, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

In the summer of 2011, sixteen MBA students from IE Business School travelled to South Africa to take part in a 7 week life-changing experience. As fellows of the Leadership Development Program of the Emzingo group they worked on consulting projects for local NGOs.


Microfinance – a growing need (virtual conference)

Written on January 17, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

In recent years the need to close the gap between developed and developing countries has become increasingly urgent, particularly in the shadow of the current economic crisis. The corporate world is aware of its growing role in socio-economic development and increasingly the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) movement enables it to assume this role in a highly effective manner.

This Virtual Conference introduce the practical aspects of Microfinance through a case study looking at Financieros sin Fronteras (FSF – Financiers without Borders). FSF is a non-profit association and joint collaboration between IE educators and students, that promotes the integration of the most disadvantaged people into the financial circuit. FSF’s mission is to conduct research and develop innovative and practical formulae to strengthen microfinance institutions (MFIs) that promote the eradication of poverty by encouraging entrepreneurship.

About the Event:
Speaker: Maria Luque, Executive Manager of Financieros sin Fronteras
Date: January 18th 2012
Time: 15.00 hrs Madrid local time (GMT+1), 22.00 hrs Singapore time)
Registration: IE Event Page

About the Speaker:
Maria Luque is the Executive Manager of FSF. A proven entrepreneur, Maria has also worked in the business creation department for the Australia & New Zealand Migration Bureau in Amsterdam, helping entrepreneurs develop their business projects. Maria brings extensive knowledge of microfinance, economic development and CSR policies in the private sector. Maria graduated in European Business Administration from the Hogeschool voor Economische Studies in Rotterdam and holds a Master of International Relations from IE.


Is money a myth? Where does it come from?

Written on November 28, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Jem Bendell, visiting professor at IE Business School recently participated in TEDx Transmedia and talked about the money myth. Interesting thoughts… a little frightening though.


IE University hosts IB World Student Conference 2012

Written on November 4, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Global Engagement through Social Entrepreneurship is the topic of the 2012 IB World Student Conference hosted by IE University, Spain.

This conference provides to IB Diploma Program students the opportunity to meet students and social entrepreneurs who share a concern about our society’s most pressing problems and want to design an innovative action plan to solve them.

IE University hosts this event in their beautiful historic campus, housed in a 15th century convent, the perfect setting to get inspired and come up with new ideas to achieve social change. Participants will also be able to explore the surrounding areas, and enjoy and absorb all the history and culture that Spain has to offer.

The program includes interactive lectures by renowned social entrepreneurs, as well as team meetings in which, through the process of design thinking, the teams will create an action plan to implement their ideas. In addition, IB Diploma students have the opportunity to take part in cultural, social, and outdoor activities that will allow them to get to know their fellow participants better and learn from their experiences.

Registration is now open on the IB website.

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