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Feb

Global Mobile Challenge

Escrito el 14 Febrero 2017 por entrepreneurship en emprender

The season of regional finals of the Red Bull-sponsored Global Mobile Challenge has ended all over the world and the winners from seven regions, picked from 2000 pitches, are preparing to compete in the final. The final takes place in Barcelona on the 28th February and 1st March and will be part of 4YFN, a programme of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, which will take place within the Mobile World Congress, the biggest and best mobile industry event in the world!

There are over 20 teams from all over the globe will pitch to take the overall crown at the final culminating event. The winners so far…:

  • ARAB / AFRICA Mobile Challenge: Protect Me (Tunisia), Talking Bookz (Nigeria), Blink (Egypt),  Securella (Morocco) and SmartFarm (Algeria).
  • US I CANADA Mobile Challenge: BattleMe, Mimble and WashMyWhip (US):
  • LATAM Mobile Challenge: Box to Market (Colombia), Karaoke Smart (Peru), and RocketPin (Chile)
  • ASIA PACIFIC Mobile Challenge: ShopBack (Singapore), MyCash Online (Malaysia) and The Hug Innovations Corp (India)
  • EU Mobile Challenge: WRIO keyboard (Switzerland), Valeet (Spain) and Klup (Netherlands)
  • EURASIA Mobile Challenge: ConfBot (Russia), Earlyone (Armenia), RehabGlove (Georgia), Plugmee (Ukraine), Wings4All (Russia) and Treepex (Georgia).

Schedule (See. https://www.4yfn.com/event/mobile-world-congress-barcelona/conference-programme/):

  • First session of pitchers February 28th 9:30-11:00 
  • Second session of pitchers February 28th 15:00-16:30 
  • Grand Final March 1st 15:00-16:25

We hope to see you there!

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Feb

Agenda IE Venture Network Weeklies, February 9th 2017

Escrito el 7 Febrero 2017 por entrepreneurship en emprender

31
Ene

Agenda IE Venture Network Weeklies, February 2nd 2017

Escrito el 31 Enero 2017 por entrepreneurship en emprender

27
Ene

WRIO Keyboard wins European final of the Global Mobile Challenge

Escrito el 27 Enero 2017 por entrepreneurship en emprender

  • WRIO Keyboard, a speed typing solution for iOS, is the European finalist in the Global Mobile Challenge.
  • The world final of the competition will take place from February 27 to March 1 of 2017.

Madrid, January 27, 2017.

WRIO Keyboard, a speed typing solution for iOS, is the winner of the European final of the Global Mobile Challenge. The competition is run by IE Business School in collaboration with 4YFN (4 Years From Now) to afford recognition of the best apps and smartphone solutions developed by young entrepreneurs around the world.

The Global Mobile Challenge is one of the world’s biggest app competitions for young entrepreneurs. “It’s a unique event that brings together brilliant young people from around the world to develop smartphone solutions,” said Professor Paris de L’Etraz, Director the IE Venture Lab.

 

The winning teams from each world region will compete in the world final of the Global Mobile Challenge, set to take place from February 27 to March 1 of 2017, at the World Mobile Congress held in Barcelona.

The winner of the Global Mobile Challenge will spend a week at IE Business School’s Center for Entrepreneurialism and Innovation (Area 31).

 

 

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Agenda IE Venture Network Weeklies Madrid, January 19th 2017

Escrito el 18 Enero 2017 por entrepreneurship en emprender

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Ene

Bhive Goes to Startup Chile!

Escrito el 16 Enero 2017 por entrepreneurship en emprender

Bhive Goes to Startup Chile!

2016 has been a different year to say the least.
We finally realized corruption is eating society inside out (and not only in developing countries…) and learned internet can send information (good and bad, real and fake) virtually anywhere in the globe. We have had many awful terrorist attacks, and worrying signals from global leaders, such as Brexit and Trump’s election while we are still trying to figure out what is happening in Syria… And let’s not talk about arts, culture or music, too many geniuses decided to leave us.
But I digress.
2016 was also a good year for many of us in many different ways, and it is important to acknowledge that as well.
For bhive and our team, it was a year of learning and expansion. We have settled down in Colombia straight out of Venture Lab, adjusted our model to Latin America’s reality and expanded to Brazil and Argentina, as part of our regional strategy (but also by request of clients).
2016 was a year of working magic with our small budget, saying no to clients for the first time, and figuring out what customer service really means. And oh, user experience would deserve a separate chapter in the future. But it was also a year we found our newest partner, attracted important clients, attention from the media and started getting random calls from investors. Finally, the year ended up with a good surprise: we got into Startup Chile, arguably the most renowned government program to foster entrepreneurship in Latin America. The grant and “seal” of the program will empower us to start operations in Chile, and later on Peru, expanding our network in Latin America and offering more and better talent to companies that operate in the region.
2017 looks very promising and will certainly be full of challenges, but the opportunities are there for those who are prepared. And IE and its entrepreneurial spirit have certainly prepared us for a lot!
Personally, I continue to be available for every entrepreneur in Venture Lab, should they need advice or just comforting words that, yes, it is worth it.
We hope it is a year of great achievements for all IMBA Alumni, especially those who have chosen to follow this path. #IEBusinessSchool #Entrepreneur #VentureLab
Saludos,
Leonardo Marchant (IMBA Apr14)
CEO of www.bhiveconsulting.co 

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Ene

Venture Network Tenerife, Jueves 9 de Febrero

Escrito el 12 Enero 2017 por entrepreneurship en emprender

15
Dic

Announcing the Selected Teams for the 9th Edition of IE¹s Startup Incubator in Area 31

The entrepreneurial spirit of IE Alumni continues to blow our minds! Year after year, intake after intake, the number and quality of the applications to IE¹s Incubator in Area 31 continues to rise. Congratulations to all applicants for making the selection committee¹s job extremely difficult! Thank you very much to the entrepreneurs and mentors who have volunteered to participate in this selection committee. You are instrumental in making this thorough and rigorous selection process possible. You all rock!

We¹re glad to announce the teams selected to join the 9th edition of IE Business School¹s Incubator in Area 31 are the following:

They will be joined by selected teams from the eighth edition who, due to their achievements during their time in Area 31 and commitment to creating a strong network within Area 31, have been granted another 6 month stay in the incubator. These top teams are:

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Dic

Agenda IE Venture Network Weeklies, December 15th 2016

Escrito el 14 Diciembre 2016 por entrepreneurship en emprender

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MEET AREA 31 STARTUP: ENTRENAR.ME

Escrito el 6 Diciembre 2016 por entrepreneurship en emprender

Meet Area 31 Entrenarme, a platform that aims to facilitate the channels through which its users can find and choose the personal trainers and gyms that suit them best in order to stay or get in shape. Area 31 interviewed its CEO, Diego Moya.

 

 

How did everything start? What’s the story behind the idea? Has the concept evolved since your first idea? We have been related to sports all our life. We saw a gap in the sector where trainers don’t know how to get clients and clients don’t know how to look for the best advisor to exercise well. The first idea was hiring trainers and charging a commission but we saw an opportunity in the creation of a marketplace to manage thousands of trainers at the same time.

What is your business model? The use of the platform is free for users who look for personal training. The trainers are the ones who pay a monthly flat fee.

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What is unique about your business, and different from your competitors? Our competitors are focused in children and/or other sports. We have trainers in every sport but we focus our communication in fitness and running. Further more, we got the key of empowering our users to promote our platform as ambassadors.

What were some of the biggest lessons that has impacted the way that you work? One day an investor taught me the biggest lesson I’ve learnt. Everything must be done following a strategy, not an opportunity. From that day, everything we perform follows our roadmap.

Do you intend to expand soon? Yes, we are currently in Spain and Chile but we will expand to UK soon.
What was your biggest mistake? Our biggest mistakes have been hiring too fast when we didn’t have too. Luckily, it has not affected to the growth of the company.

What was unexpected? I could never imagine that users who want to be promoted in a website, don’t complete their profiles. It is always the biggest challenge for a marketplace.

What would you have done differently? We started too soon, maybe one year before the market was ready for us. I would have waited one year if I had to start again.

What are the most important features to have in order to become an entrepreneur? I think that resilience (getting used to have NOs) and contacts are two key factors in the first months/years of an entrepreneurial experience. Of course you need more than that, but you will need this two.

If you had one piece of advice for someone that is just starting what would it be? Be patient, focus and believe that your project can change many people’s lifes, because it is the way to keep working hard and get everything you want.

If you could time travel back to day one of your startup and have 15min with your former self to communicate any lessons you’ve acquired with the intention of saving yourself mistakes and heartache, what would you tell yourself? I would try to learn how to plan and create a high quality roadmap. It happens that entrepreneurs don’t have a real plan when they start.unnamed-1

What is the thing that motivates you the most about your project? This project is my life. I’ve been involved on Sports since I was a child and really believe in that personal training is the key to success in any sport, either to improve your quality of life, or reach the next level in your favourite sport.

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