Great businesses like Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Google started out from a humble garage. We wanted to create something at ESADE that would resemble this space to encourage our students to become entrepreneurs; and so we founded EGarage a year ago.
This month, we’re celebrating its 1st anniversary with good news. The space is bursting with activity – we’ve organised over 250 sessions, workshops and classes throughout the year, which have been attended by more than 6,600 participants. We also invited many of our alumni who have become successful entrepreneurs, because we wanted them to show our students that everything is possible when you believe in yourself. Alumni entrepreneurs are a real source of inspiration for students who want to make entrepreneurship their career path.
Many of our students have expressed their interest in entrepreneurship and EGarage, and some of them have already started to put their ideas into writing to develop innovative business plans. For them, EGarage has become a meeting point to bring their business ideas forward.
There’s still a long way to go, but seeing the results the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute has achieved in just one year is encouraging. We will carry on trying to make EGarage a space where new ideas are born. And hopefully, in a few years’ time, the students that are now at EGarage trying to set up their own companies will one day come back as alumni to tell their success stories to new generations of students.