This 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).
The numerous activities organised throughout the year by Alumni Entrepreneurship (which runs the ESADE BAN investors’ forum) and the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute show students that ESADE is a place where they can bring their business ideas to fruition. Support is available every step of the way: services for fledgling companies, opportunities to secure funding, and the launch of the company itself. I should also mention ESADECREAPOLIS, ESADE’s innovation ecosystem, whose strong ties to some of our academic programmes are growing even stronger, establishing a continuous flow between talented students and some of the most innovative companies on the market today.
This new international recognition shows that we are on the right track in terms of entrepreneurship, but we can and must do more. Encouraged by our good showing in the Financial Times ranking and guided by a strategic plan built by our entire community, I am convinced that next year will be even better.