Posts Tagged ‘Social Entrepreneurship#8217;

3
Apr

Four bachelor students of IE University were the only undergraduate students competing against experts with MBAs, PhDs and Master’s degrees.

An IE University Team comprising students Stefan Wolf Staertzel, Victor Berthon, Pablo Otero and Carlos Beltrán, won a spot among the top 4 in the regional finals of the prestigious Hult Prize, the planet’s largest student competition in the field of social entrepreneurship, with a million dollar prize. IE students were the only graduates competing against more experienced candidates with PhDs, MBAs and a range of master’s degrees. They were also the only students under 22 in a final round in which the average age was 30 years old.

The Hult Prize, which received a record number of more than 10,000 first-round applicants, was created by Hult and Clinton Global Initiative to boost the development of social start-ups in the healthcare industry. This year entrants were required to focus on “Non-communicable Disease in the Urban Slum”, and more than 250 teams competed against each other in six regional finals in the cities of Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai and Sao Paulo.

The members of the IE University Team were from France, Germany, Venezuela and Spain, and aged 20 and under. The four students met in the Bachelor in Business Administration program at the Madrid-based university and presented their project for the Dubai Final.

They won the first two rounds with “Cuidado Verde”, a project aimed at helping the 92% of slum-dwellers in Peru who do not receive a timely diagnosis for chronic diseases. In order to do this the team came up with a simple but innovative idea: a business that recycles the uncollected trash generated by the area to fund a free full annual check-up for its inhabitants.

“I think the Hult Prize was one of my greatest achievements so far in my life!” says Victor Berthon, team captain. “Being the youngest and the only team comprised of undergraduate students it was already a huge achievement to get to the finals, but ending up in the top 4 exceeded our expectations and showed that no matter how small we are, we can create an impact.”

Photography Credit: Marko Zirdum / Hult Prize

21
Mar

Social Entrepreneurs are welcome!

Written on March 21, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

IEUSSAnother exciting week with tons of action and fun is scheduled this summer in Segovia (Spain). The IE University Summer School opens its doors to wish-to-be-social entrepreneurial High School students under the theme: Striving for change through social entrepreneurship.

The program provides students with new ideas and skills in order to help them think about our society’s most pressing issues in different and innovative ways. Using the design thinking methodology, students will tackle an existing social issue by focusing on transforming ideas into real opportunities.

Social Entrepreneurs use the design thinking methodology to help them think out of the box about social and global issues. 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 summer school 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.

- See more at: http://www.ie.edu/university/ieusummerschool

1
Oct

IE Entrepreneurs: MBA inspired jewelry

Written on October 1, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Doing an MBA at IE and living in Madrid for a year and half is a life changing experience. I have met the most amazing people and made friends all over the world. Madrid is a wonderful city to live in and has plenty to offer, which can sometimes be a challenge to staying focused on school while living there.  When it comes to MBA itself, at first I was very frustrated thinking I was not receiving the knowledge I expected, but it wasn’t until the end of the core period that I realized how much I had changed and the amount I had actually learnt.  It is so that I have gained many skills that I can now apply to my new business.

When I first joined IE, I wanted a career in investment banking or consulting, but during my stay at IE, I realized that I would be mislabelled if I joined any of these fields. I realized that I would only be happy while helping other people and that, if I wanted to help people, I needed a sustainable business model. With the help of friends and a lot of research, I concluded that handcrafted jewelry would be a good line to start with. Finally in March 2013 Fairose was born, with 5 product offerings, which we plan to expand soon. Fairose will devote 25 percent of its profits to help the community and save certain handcrafts from being extent. For the coming 2 or 3 years we will focus on producing jewelry but after we hope to start producing apparel. We also hope we can replicate our model in different countries to help as many people as we can.

By Hany Abdel Shahied (IMBA 2011), first published on the International MBA Blog.

29
May

Take me way up

Written on May 29, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

I’ve known Entrepreneurship Professor Max Oliva for some years now, and he’s always struck me as someone who stands out from the rest for one reason or another. When I first knew him it was because I thought he was insultingly young for what he was doing and saying. My mistake, of course, because he always gave due and intelligent consideration to everything and knew exactly what he was talking about. More recently, it was because when I proposed to him that we shoot this video he immediately said that he would like it to be about skydiving.

Well, as you know, parachuting, or skydiving, is the action sport that involves exiting an aircraft and initially letting gravity take its course as you plummet towards earth, and then using a parachute to slow down the latter part of the descent. Well, the older I get the more I enjoy more earthly pleasures, so I confess that I didn’t have the guts to jump with him. I did, however, get to share in the excitement all the way.

Enjoy his beloved Mexico, the impressive skydiving shots, and everything he has to say about skydiving and entrepreneurship.

Viva Mexico!!!

If you wish to see Professor Max Oliva in action, feel free to join his Workshop Innovate through Design Thinking in Bangkok (June 3, 2013) and Manila (June 4, 2013). Register online at www.ie.edu/events.

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First published on The Other Side | By Felix Valdivieso

16
May

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!

1
Mar

The world is getting smaller – thanks to IE!

Written on March 1, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Have you ever wondered what Master in Managemnt alumni are doing in the long run after having graduated from IE? Check out the video below to meet Dhruv, an Indian graduate of IE Business School’s Master in Management, and find out the effect IE had on his life and career 3 years after graduating. Also, if you are interested in reading about the trip from Madrid to Mongolia Dhruv speaks about, you can find all the information by clicking here.

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This post was first published on the Master in Mangement Blog.

19
Feb

Transpiral and TEDx: Yasmine Khater

Written on February 19, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Since Yasmine, Master in Mangement graduate 2012, was six years old, she wanted to change the world. There were problems that she wanted to help solve. She got involved in community initiatives and by time she was in high school, she already raised 15,000 dollars for Children with Cancer. At 18, she was the youngest winner of the Annual Business Plan Competition by Entrepreneurs Society for her social enterprise idea supporting women in Egypt. That’s when she realized she wanted to do more.

She joined AIESEC, the world´s largest youth organization, to become Middle East North Africa Regional Program Manager, where her programs empowered thousands of young people. Her passion to empower women led to the launch of Gone Cyclin, her first social enterprise. In its first year, the initiative raised over $50,000 to fund 400 women entrepreneurs in East Timor’s rural towns and during the process, she cycled 420 kms along East Timor’s rugged roads. In order to support other social entrepreneurs she developed and launched of a global initiative called the Social Impact finance Forum to explore various ways to find financing.

Yasmine is the co-founder of Transpiral, a leading online coaching institute that equips women with the right tools to launch their own businesses. She is also working on a book and launching a network to encourage women in the MENA to become entrepreneurs. Please check out the video below to hear what Yasmine has to say:

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12
Apr

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!