and Innovation
Issue #1
25 January 2024


It's a pleasure to welcome you again to IESE's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center Newsletter. Our aim is to be a valuable resource that guides and supports entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors – and anyone in between – in navigating this ever-evolving landscape, whilst staying up to date with IESE’s activities in the ecosystem. We hope you enjoy it!

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center team.  

Applications open for IESE’s Scale-Up mentoring initiative WeGrow

Calling all IESE Business School and University of Navarra alumni entrepreneurs! Are you a founder with a company revenue of > €500k or raised capital above this figure? Then you may want to consider applying to IESE’s WeGrow initiative to benefit from customized mentoring, exclusive workshops, and networking opportunities. 
Deadline extended until 31 January 2023. Apply here!

Nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is in IESE’s DNA. Hear from MBA-19 and Entrepreneur Louis Williams, in this Times Higher Education article, how IESE’s approach to weave entrepreneurship into the MBA, not only through dedicated courses but also through real-world scenarios and practical experience, helped him along the way as an entrepreneur. 

IESE’s Business Angels Network turns 20

Founded in 2003 by Professor Juan Roure, the Business Angels Network just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Training 345+ investors and supporting a community of 700+, the network has funded 350+ start-ups with €55 million over two decades. It marks a milestone in collaborative investment. Find out more on our IESE Business Angels site.

tech transfer.
IESE takes part in the Barcelona Deep Tech Summit

Researchers, spin-offs, investors, and corporations came together in the second edition of the Barcelona Deep Tech Summit to share ideas and build new partnerships discussing disruptive technology for global challenges. IESE moderated two panel discussions: "How do corporations develop deep-tech products?" and “Is climate change a deep-tech problem? Read more in this article.

corporate innovation.
Professor Mª Julia Prats joins the Royal European Academy of Doctors

On 15 January 2024, Professor Mª Julia Prats was selected as a Numerary Member of the Royal European Academy of Doctors, with the speech 'Open innovation as a (potential) engine of growth for people and companies', which you can watch on this YouTube video

Established in Barcelona in 1914, the Academy comprises 150 academicians, including 19 Nobel Prize laureates.

scale ups.
Lazada (cofounded by IESE MBA alum) raises $630M from Alibaba

Singapore-based e-commerce Lazada, founded by IESE MBA ’11 and 40under40 jury Gerald Glauerdt, raises an additional $630 million round from the tech company Alibaba.


Nurturing leadership in search funds, by Professor Jan Simon

In this recently published research, Professor Jan Simon and Ann-Sophie Kowalewski, a Ph.D. student in Management and Entrepreneurship, examine the search fund journey through a leadership lens. The authors argue that leadership and leadership development are at the core of the search fund model, as, without them, the creation of value and values will be modest at best.

Business trends
Four business decisions you will have to make this year

In 2024, new technologies, emerging business models, societal demands, and different ways of working will keep everybody on their toes. National and supranational government regulations may struggle to keep up, and businesses will have to adapt accordingly. In this short video, IESE professors Gaizka Ormazabal, Yuliya Snihur, Sampsa Samila, and Isabel Villamor identify four trends to watch out for. Can you guess what they are? Watch the video on IESE’s YouTube Channel.


25 January Entrepreneurship onboarding to EMBA students
30 January Group mentoring session DIH4CAT - Corporate Venturing 
31 January Academic Partner of Km Zero: Presentation of EU-LAC Accelerator
31 January Webinar: DIH4CAT - Corporate Venturing for SMEs
8 February Workshop in Paris: Scaling Club - Growth 50 Europe Summit
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