History tells us that garages have long been cradles of great business ideas. Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Disney, Amazon and Google… All of them can trace their origins to a garage. On 14th June, ESADE officially inaugurated the EGarage, a new space we have created to help our entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life. The opening ceremony was attended by José Manuel Villanueva, co-founder of Privalia, and Manel Adell, CEO of Desigual – both graduates of ESADE. The two entrepreneurs shared with us their adventures at the helm of their companies and their views on the challenges and advantages of entrepreneurship, and both insisted that persistence overcomes many barriers. This is so true, and it’s a message that good entrepreneurs should always remember when obstacles cross their path.
The EGarage was inspired by the Palo Alto garage where, in the 1930s, Bill Hewlett and David Packard founded what is now one of the largest computer companies in the world. Our space, located in the ESADECREAPOLIS innovation park, is designed to foster our students’ entrepreneurial spirit and to prepare them to create businesses and develop new initiatives. The facilities include work and conference rooms where students, entrepreneurs and investors can work together to develop ideas and launch new projects.
One of ESADE’s objectives as an institution is to develop our students’ entrepreneurial skills, enabling them to create strong, global companies. I am certain that very good ideas will come out of the EGarage. It’s just a matter of time.