Innovation Meetings: the series that brings together innovation and networking is back
17 de February de 2020
17 de February de 2020
The innovation sessions organized in collaboration with the Utopicus co-working space will be held on 20th February in Madrid and Barcelona, exclusively for Part Time/Weekend students
The Innovation Meetings are back!
Sharing is one of the most valuable sources of knowledge and one of the most effective ways to learn. With this in mind, EAE Business School is once again launching the Innovation Meeting series, in which Executive students have the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into the experience and knowledge of different entrepreneurs from around the world.
What does the first Innovation Meeting of 2020 have in store for us?
Madrid: On 20th February, the Utopicus co-working space will welcome Alejandro de León, the Spanish businessman and entrepreneur, who will give the audience an overview of his unique experience creating Anima Ventures, a company that builds companies with a social impact, an initiative in which failure is as common as success, or perhaps even more so. Yes, you read that right! Many of the companies created by Anima Ventures end up failing. However, De Leon does not see failure as a step back, but rather as a way of learning and identifying opportunities. Therefore, he continues embracing his commitment to take risks courageously in order to keep growing. As you would expect, the event will be full of tips, insights and revealing reflections.
Barcelona: Meanwhile, on the same day, Thursday 20th February, but at the Utopicus in Gràcia, the CEO and Founder of Instant Credit, Octavio Soler Bach, will share his insights into identifying growth opportunities and being resilient. The event will start at 19:30 and, after the interview and discussion with the speaker, at 20:30 there with be an after-work ‘music & beer’ session, for the participants to meet, chat and build professional relations for the future.
To sign up for the Innovation Meetings, remember that you have to register via the invitation email you were sent by the Events and Conferences Department!
The Innovation Meeting were created with the aim of bringing students into closer contact with the real world through real stories of courage. As such, they are unique and highly rewarding events, that enable you to keep on learning. What are these sessions like? What will you get from them? How can you make the most of them? Which professionals will take part? To answer all these questions and more, read on to find out all the details about the latest sessions that we have held.
“The most important asset that companies have is the talent they contain”
At the start of December 2019, the Utopicus venue in Madrid held an interesting session of the Innovation Meetings led by the engineer and environmental specialist Esther Clemente, who discussed the transformation that the company Endesa is currently undergoing. At the event, Clemente gave an overview of the organizational changes and initiatives being implemented to adapt the company to the new requirements demanded by the modern world, such as innovation and sustainability.
As the speaker underlined, this transformation has involved redirecting the company’s culture from all perspectives, particularly with respect to human capital, emphasizing that “the most important asset that companies have is the talent they contain”. Endesa now plans to evolve from being a heavyweight in the field of mining and coal to become a technological leader.
“We have an obligation to fight climate change”
Another session that had a great response was led by the Head of Digital Challenge at Suez, Ainhoa Cejudo. In contrast to the first session, this meeting was held at the Club Utopicus in the beautiful city of Barcelona, It focused on the Terranova project, a plan developed by Suez to capitalize on new technological trends and apply them to water and waste treatment, a sector that the company has specialized in since its acquisition of Agbar in 2015.
Moreover, as Cejudo emphasized, the transformation is not simply at a production level, but also in a personal sense. With this in mind, she focused in creating and environmental culture among the employees and organizing activities related to various topics, including health, sustainability and femininity.
“Giving up is not an option for me”
In the middle of last year, another great session of the Innovation Meetings was led by Timo Buetefisch, the CEO of Cooltra, the company specializing in motorbike and scooter rentals. He gave an overview of the company’s history and all the challenges that he had to overcome to turn Cooltra into a leading company in the transport sector, operating in more than 5 cities in Europe with over 900 employees. As well as captivating people’s interest with his stories of overcoming adversity, he shared tips with the participants about launching an entrepreneurial project in today’s complex world.
Are you ready for the new sessions of the Innovation Meetings? We look forward to seeing you on 20th February in Madrid and Barcelona!