ESADEBAN, the best business angels network in Europe

After just six years, ESADEBAN has become a European benchmark in the world of capital investment in business ventures. The network has become one of the best examples of ESADE’s dedication to supporting entrepreneurship.

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ESADE BAN was born in ESADE Alumni – with all the support that being the investor network of our alumni association entails – with the involvement of the former Center for Entrepreneurship, now known as the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute. Over the past few years, ESADE’s private investor network has grown exponentially. ESADE BAN has shown how initiatives can succeed by nurturing collaboration between our school and its alumni association. One example of this is the agility and efficiency with which ESADE BAN fulfils its mission of bringing together business angels and entrepreneurs.

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An exciting challenge

Elreto ESADE An exciting challengeDuring the recent Christmas holidays, I re-read an article by Professor Francisco Longo on the impact of globalisation and the digital revolution in schools and universities. For those dedicated to education and the management of its institutions, this article is a brilliant contribution to understanding the challenges we face today. We have a wonderful opportunity to help shape the educational experience of future generations of students.

I hope that education will soon reach everyone in every corner of the planet – regardless of the place or circumstances in which they were born. Technology and communication will be key elements. But the challenge goes further: our schools and universities must develop new models of learning for people facing important tasks.

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Ending The Year on a High Note

Ranking ESADE Financial Times 2015 BIG 300x206 Ending The Year on a High NoteJust as two thousand and fifteen draws to a close, ESADE has yet another reason to celebrate the festive season. The Financial Times has ranked us among the five best business schools in Europe. This is the fourth year in a row that the School has been in the FT´s Top 5 and that is something we can be justly proud of.

The accolade reflects the efforts the School has made at every level, given that the latest ranking takes into account the various programmes covered by the FT throughout 2015 and thus provides a broad overview of business schools.

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Excellent news to close the academic year

158 MSC post2 Excellent news to close the academic yearThis month, ESADE received an international honour that I am particularly thrilled about: our MBA was ranked among the top 10 programmes in the world for entrepreneurs by the prestigious Financial Times. Thanks to our steadfast support for entrepreneurs, ESADE was ranked #3 in Europe and was the only Spanish business school to make the global top 10.

This result is very important because it reflects the tireless efforts by many parts of our organisation to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit in our classrooms.

In making this recognition possible, a vital role was played by ESADE Alumni, which was ranked #3 worldwide in support for entrepreneurs (the measure of assistance provided by alumni networks in company formation). Similarly, facilities such as EGarage, an emblematic space designed for the cultivation of new start-ups, and ESADECREAPOLIS, an innovation ecosystem for students and companies, played key roles in making ESADE the #5 school in support provided for entrepreneurs (the measure of how much the schools support and promote the creation of new companies).

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Keep Going

keep going Keep GoingLast Friday, I attended one of ESADE’s most representative and moving ceremonies: the graduation of our BBA students. The ceremony, held at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, was filled with the special aura that characterises our graduations.

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Universities as spaces of freedom

libertad4 Universities as spaces of freedomThe 9th century saw the birth of the first universities committed to the idea of academic freedom. Many centuries have passed since then. With great sorrow, I see that history often not only elevates the place of universities and their countless contributions to society but also stains it, condemnably, with blood and violence.

The recent massacre of 148 Catholic students at Kenya’s Garissa University College by a group of Islamic fundamentalists leaves one feeling absolutely dumbfounded and powerless. When I heard the news on 2nd April, I was moved to denounce this atrocity and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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Music on the ESADE campuses

maria canals1 Music on the ESADE campusesThroughout the month of March, various pianos stationed at strategic locations in Barcelona and nearby towns have reminded us of a woman who played a key role in our country’s cultural history: Maria Canals. This music instructor and concert pianist was committed to educating society through music. She created one of the world’s most prestigious musical competitions: Barcelona’s Maria Canals International Music Competition.

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Women Executives

Mujeres directivas4 300x225 Women ExecutivesIn the Bissagos Archipelago, in Guinea-Bissau, women are usually the ones with the authority to manage the economy, social welfare and the law of the land. The anthropological history of the world contains a few specific cases like Bissagos, as well as a number of different schemes. In Western society, there has been a centuries-long movement towards schemes that are increasingly egalitarian in every way.

In recent years, the percentage of women on boards of directors has increased significantly throughout the world. According to a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in northern European countries like Sweden and Norway, more than 20% of executive posts are held by women. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alumni Giving Back, committed to helping alumni collaborate with the third sector

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Projects come to life and flourish like never before when the people involved make them their own. This has certainly been the case with Alumni Giving Back, which, ten years after its launch, continues to thrive thanks to the desire of ESADE alumni in the private sector to volunteer their time and skills to support non-profits.

The idea of offering knowledge to make the world a fairer, more sustainable place is one of ESADE’s core values, and it can be seen in the school’s unflagging efforts to promote social leadership. Alumni Giving Back offers an increasingly wide range of activities in this area. Read the rest of this entry »

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A made-in-ESADE visionary

Alfonso Zamarro2 300x170 A made in ESADE visionaryI first learned of Alfonso Zamarro (BBA 2014), an exemplary innovator whose idea has been recognized in both investment circles and the media, through the EGarage on our Sant Cugat campus.

In less than half a year, Alfonso’s start-up, DEA Drones, has gone from promising project to winner of the Adecco Prize for ‘Brilliant Ideas’ and finalist for the Smart City Award, garnering features on the front pages of the leading Spanish newspapers. These accomplishments have no doubt also awakened investors’ interest in the company.

The story reminds me of the twists, turns and dogged ascents that mark the histories of ground-breaking business ideas. Alfonso’s case is that of an entrepreneur, who, from ESADE’s classrooms, dared to dream and to build the stepping stones he needed to make those dreams come true. Read the rest of this entry »

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