15
Oct

Apply to IE’s Incubator in Area 31!

Escrito el 15 octubre 2015 por entrepreneurship en emprender

14
Oct

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Koiki: empresa perteneciente al Area 31 ganadora del premio ‘Mejor Empresa Europea de Innovación Social’ otorgado por el EIB Institute

El pasado Jueves 24 de Septiembre, se celebró en la Fondazione Cariplo de Milan el IV Social Innovation Tournament organizado por el European Investment Bank Institute. Este premio tiene como objeto premiar y recompensar iniciativas innovadoras con impacto ético y ambiental en la contra la exclusión social.

Nuestra grata sorpresa fue obtener el galardón del primer premio entre los 16 finalistas seleccionados entre 342 empresas de 29 países.

La preparación del torneo se realizó con unas sesiones de Bootcamp en IE el pasado 1 y 2 de Julio en el IE Business School de Madrid, donde Conchita Galdón y Dani Soriano formaron parte del equipo de Mentoring. Estas sesiones nos ayudaron a nosotros y al resto de los 16 finalistas a preparar la exposición nuestro proyecto durante 7 minutos y los posteriores 8 minutos de preguntas del jurado. Esta formación nos ayudó a estructurar nuestro discurso y poner de relieve los aspectos innovadores de nuestro proyecto.

Ya en Milán durante jornada del 23 septiembre todos los aspirantes pudimos realizar un ensayo general de defesa de nuestro proyecto en las instalaciones donde se realizaría el Final Event, donde Conchita y Dani volvieron a asesorar sobre posibles mejoras a la hora de la exposición.

La jornada del Final Event comenzó con el acto de bienvenida presentado por Guiseppe Guzzetti, presidente de la Fondazione Cariplo y Dario Scannapieco, Vicepresidente of the European Investiment Bank.

Una vez realizado el sorteo de orden de intervención comenzó la presentación de los 16 finalistas. Fue una jornada bastante intensa y cargada de nerviosismo puesto que fuimos la 10ª empresa en realizar la exposición.

The Awards Session se celebró en Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo Da Vinci”. Donde tuvimos el lujo de poder realizar una visita guiada por el Museo y la posterior awards dinner.

La cena transcurrió con normalidad, donde los participantes españoles al evento nos reunimos en la misma mesa junto con el cónsul general español en Milán Antonio Cossino, disfrutando de una grata velada.

Llegada la hora de la entrega de los premios, nuestra gran sorpresa fue cuando anunciaron Koiki como ganadora del primer premio. Se generó entonces una mezcla de alegría y estupor que difícilmente olvidaremos.

El premio consta de una gratificación de 25.000€ pero lo que es más importante para nosotros, este galardón significa un reconocimiento de la sostenibilidad de nuestro modelo y un espaldarazo para nuestra expansión internacional. No habríamos llegado hasta aquí sin el apoyo de las fundaciones y asociaciones de discapacidad como Gureak (Guipuzcoa), Fundación Astor-Inlade (Torrejón de Ardoz), Fundación Ademo (Moralataz), Tallers Bellvitge (Hospitalet), Fundación Aprocor (Madrid), Ecosol (Girona), Aspimip (Coslada), y empresas de bicimensajería como Verdallar (Barcelona), Mensos (Madrid). Estamos muy agradecidos a todos ellos.”

Por otra parte agradecer a Conchita y a Dani y a todo el Área 31, no sólo por la sesión de mentoring realizada en el Torneo, sino por todo el apoyo durante estos meses en Koiki. Os consideramos parte del equipo.

Cristina Arganda y Aitor Ojanguren

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13
Oct

AGENDA IE VENTURE NETWORK, 15th OCTOBER

Escrito el 13 octubre 2015 por entrepreneurship en emprender

8
Oct

Apply to Venture Day Madrid!

Escrito el 8 octubre 2015 por entrepreneurship en emprender

28
Sep

Agenda IE Venture Network, 1st October

Escrito el 28 septiembre 2015 por entrepreneurship en emprender

28
Sep

Women for Resilient Cities Acceleration Program

Escrito el 28 septiembre 2015 por entrepreneurship en emprender

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Tags: MENA Region / Cities / Gender / Resilience / Urban / 2015

By: Banco Mundial

Context

While around the world, the number of disasters has almost doubled since the 1980s, in MENA, the average number of natural disasters has almost trdownloadipled over the same period. Approximately 40 million people have been affected by over 350 natural disasters between 1981 and 2010. Vulnerabilities are on the rise across the region, with risks particularly high in urban areas as a result of rapid urbanization, conflict, massive influx of refugees, population growth, unplanned urban development, scarce water resources and arid climates.

 

The Women for Resilience Program
The Women for Resilience Program (W4R) aims at empowering women in tackling urban risk and developing resilience in cities across the Middle East and NorthWB_WE'Resilient Cities Africa (MENA). Launched by the World Bank in January 2015, with the support of IE Business School and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Program piloted a startup competition in three cities in MENA: Beirut, Cairo and Djibouti. More than two hundred teams from the three cities, including women and men, presented start-up proposals. After careful due diligence and selection, seven teams qualified for the Grand Finale. The finalists’ proposals tackle resilience challenges across various sectors including energy, waste management, preventive healthcare, transport and informal settlements.

 

Location: Madrid, Spain

By: IE Business School

Women for Resilient Cities Acceleration Program by IE Business School

The World Bank in partnership with IE business School has launched the WE’Resilient Cities, a start-up competition to encourage innovative female-run business solutions to address urban risk in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In the week from 14 to 18 September, we celebrated the Women Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program for Resilient Cities 7 finalists in a Madrid Bootcamp: IE Campus had been the place to connect with other entrepreneurs, investors and specialized trainers in specific hands-on sessions: Spec2ialized program organize for the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center in which the participants learned in a -full program of one week- about Startup Tools, Growth Hacking, Sales, Operations, Finance, HR, Startup valuations and Legal and Negotiation.

 

22
Sep

AGENDA IE VENTURE NETWORK, 24th SEPTEMBER

Escrito el 22 septiembre 2015 por entrepreneurship en emprender

23
Jul

Worktoday

Ofrecer trabajo a miles de personas es una buena idea

worktoday app comienza el verano con fuerza y se hace un hueco en las mejores aceleradoras y programas de España

  • Impact, una de las 16 aceleradoras avaladas por la Comisión Europea ha seleccionado a Worktoday en su Segunda Open Call para formar parte de su programa de financiación, aceleración y mentoring
  • Startup Alcobendas selecciona a Worktoday para formar parte de su programa de aceleración
  • Worktoday está entre los finalistas de la fundación Everis al emprendimiento y a la innovación
  • Premio Fast Track de Wayra en El Gran Pitch de Socios Inversores

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Worktoday App nace para unir a personas que quieren trabajar y son grandes profesionales con jefes que necesitan con urgencia una ayuda extra en sus empresas. Durante los meses de verano el crecimiento de esta aplicación móvil para conseguir empleo de manera inmediata es más que constatado. A ello se suma el apoyo y reconocimiento de grandes instituciones europeas y españolas que confían y comparten la visión del equipo promotor en cuestiones de fomento del empleo.

Impact es una de las 16 aceleradoras de la Unión Europea asociadas al programa Fi-Ware. El pasado 16 de julio seleccionó a Worktoday App entre 57 finalistas para acceder a su programa de financiación, aceleración y mentoring. Impact sólo selecciona proyectos que empleen la tecnología FI-Ware y que sus fundadores tengan dedicación plena en el proyecto.

El pasado 18 de Junio, SociosInversores, plataforma pionera en equity crowdfunding y líder en los mercados de habla hispana, entregó los premios a los proyectos empresariales más innovadores del año dentro de la primera edición de ELGRANpitch, el concurso nacional de colaboradores de SociosInversores. Entre los premiados, Worktoday App recibió de manos de Fran Palleja, Finance Manager de Wayra España, el premio Fast Track en Wayra.

Worktoday App se muda a Startup Alcobendas con el apoyo del Ayuntamiento de Alcobendas. Un jurado compuesto por representantes de importantes empresas, del mundo del periodismo, de la banca y de la universidad, seleccionó el pasado 7 de Julio a 9 proyectos para la segunda convocatoria de StartUp Alcobendas a la que se han presentado 105 proyectos.  El equipo se instala en Alcobendas para recibir hasta noviembre un programa de aceleración personalizado y continua formación con el apoyo de Cink Emprende.

El proyecto está además en la fase final de los premios de la Fundación Everis al emprendimiento, a la innovación y al talento, que otorgará a aquel proyecto empresarial cuya propuesta tenga como objetivo la explotación de una innovación tecnológica, de gestión, social o ambiental.

Para los fundadores de Worktoday App, todos estos impulsos por parte de aceleradoras e instituciones tan relevantes en el ecosistema emprendedor suponen un fuerte empujón para seguir creciendo. Crecer y crecer es la obsesión de los promotores de Worktoday para generar puestos de trabajo y facilitar la selección a las empresas del sector servicios.

9
Jul

Hot Hotels, from IE to Techstars Boston

Escrito el 9 julio 2015 por entrepreneurship en emprender

Hot Hotels, from IE to Techstars Boston

8th July 2015

A little piece of history was made in Boston on the 4th of June when Hot Hotels  become the first company from Spain to be accelerated by Techstars in the USA.

Two of the four co-founders of the company are IE MBA graduates. Adelaida Muriel Galet (MBA 2012) and Joseph Anthony Haslam (MBA, 2004). Completing the team are CEO Conor O´Connor who has a long history of starting Travel and Technology companies (Mydestinationinfo.com, Hoteles.es, Spansurf, Spantel)  and Jose Manuel Fernandez Muñiz who was previously General Manager of  Muchoviaje

Ade, who is the COO of the company, and will spend the entire 13 weeks of the intensive program in Boston until Demo Day on September 1st. Joe, who is the company Chairman, is currently skyping in to sessions but will go to Boston in August.

According to the Seed Accelerator Rankings, Techstars is ranked as the number two accelerator in the USA. There is a less than 1% acceptance rate and in accordance with a policy of transparency they publish year-by-year breakdowns participating companies.

As Joe Haslam explained in this interview in Novobrief, the main motivation was to get closer to the cluster of Travel Tech companies in the Boston area. Also the success of Kayak, Trip Advisor, ITA Software means that there are Venture Capital firms who know the sector well.

Hot was set up in January 2012 and has been live in the App store since March 2012. The company is based in Marbella and recorded a +2,100% year on year growth in bookings in 2014.

After bootstrapping for two years, Axon Group led a seed round of $1m in April 2014, Hot has since added another $1m in funding through Business Angels in Ireland as well as soft loans from ENISA and Emprendetur.

The full list of companies in Techstars Boston Class of 2015 is here.

 

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2
Jul

Meet the startups in Area 31: Guestperience

Escrito el 2 julio 2015 por entrepreneurship en emprender

Author: Jose Manuel R. Person

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What’s Guestperience?
Guestperience is a new and fresh solution to help hoteliers to enter in the mobile era. We believe that motels must go beyond just selling beds, and engage more with their guests . Y-guests are interested in a lot more than booking a room such as for instance, Wifi across the property; which has become one of the most critical factors when searching for a hotel. We are focusing in the after- booking expereince: pre-arrival assistance, experience throughout the stay aiming at improving the property’s reputation when guests leave.
As a result , we built up a solution that consists of  a combination of a customized app and our Guest Management system which is fully integrated to hotel systems, Guestperience is drastically increasing the number of touch points during the stay, increasing revenues per guest and cutting costs anchored to printing.
 Tell us how you identified the necessity of offering this service?
As travellers or guests we have identified some anomalies in hotels when we are travelling. For example like queuing when check-in or check-out, order of services through traditional landline phones, low appealing directories and a feeling that when we are in a hotel, there are hundreds of things happening around that we are not noticing due to not using the best channels to communicate them.The changing context within hotels is an unstoppable trend. It is boosting in countries like UK or US, but mainly in luxury hotels. Spain is a large market of hospitality and we want to be pioneers making this “guest technology products” affordable for any kind of hotel. Hotels must embrace mobile era and take advantage of its wifi service. Nowadays, 25% of guest in US are considered digital savvy and 3 out of 4 bring their own smartphone when they are staying and are keen to explore new useful apps.
What’s your value proposition and differentiation from your competitors?
Guestperience is a solution that gathers  all what guests request in a mobile app. The design of our apps is strategically thought to offer a “win-win” deal among hotels and guests. 50% to open a new channel “hotel to guests” and 50% “guests to hotel”.
Some propertes have noticed how guests are changing their way of enjoying a hotel experience and  have started building their own apps, but these are mainly the top chains like Marriot. The development of these types of “guest products” costs a lot of money, and also there is a huge risk of failure when a hotelier decides to build an app as it is not his core business. That is why only big players can afford it.
Then is when Guestperience adds  value as a solution that is flexible, affordable, modular, scalable and fully supported by our team.
Our main competitors are out of Spain, but we know most of them are interested to enter a market like Spain. Guestperience will face more local competitors very soon, but it is not worrying as we are developing a new category of product and they might help us to generate demand.
What kind of benefit your customers can obtain from guestperience?
Depending of the type of hotel, benefits are to increase the revenues per guest or cut printing costs. For instance, Imagine a hotel that starts to receive Chinese travellers and all the information of the property and services are in spanish and English. The cost of translating and re-printing the directory books are high in comparison to the multilingual functions that Guestperience app is offering.
What type of feedback you are getting from the industry?
Our first customers (La Moncloa de San Lazaro Hotel) are happy with the new benefits that they are delivering to their guest. Some others, see Guestperience as a great solution, but do not believe that now it the right moment for them to implement it. however, our business is a B2B2C, which means that Guestperience also cares  about the feedback of users (guests), making guests really excited to go to a hotel that has an app like Guestperience implemented.
How do you built and integrate your solution?
We initially work in a “look&feel” that our customers like, then analyse what kind of services are available in the property in order to explore if we can integrate with their PMS, CRM and CRS (systems used by hotels). Guestperience can integrate with hundreds of PMS and with this integration the experience for the guest is great as you can do your check-in and check-out in your own mobile and bring in your mobile the bill of your stay (hotel restaurants or bars, spa….) without having to wait for obtaining it at departure.
After that we configure an app for the customer and upload hotel and surroundings touristic content. From that point on, hotels can update info in real time.
What are your future plans for 2016?
Guestperience has a great challenge to face. The company has been supported by EMPRENDETUR for its business plan, so we are building a strong team to increase our chances of becoming a leader in this guest technology sector. If we beat our commercial goals during 2015, we are ready to make the first steps in international markets.
We are very interested in collaborating with IT hospitality experienced professionals, so if you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us

About us:
Founders: Jose Manuel R. Person and Santiago Fernandez.
Founded: June 2012.
Headquarters: Madrid, Spain.
Team: Santiago Fernández, Jose Manuel R Person, Marco Uzcategui, Elena de la Torre
Contact: jmperson@guestperience.com

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