Agenda IE Venture Network Weeklies, June 9th 2016

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The Myth of The Idea- Event Book Launch, Madrid

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The entrepreneurial spirit of community around IE continues to blow our minds! The selection committee’s job becomes more and more 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. This wouldn’t be possible without your effort.

We’re glad to announce that the teams selected to join the 7th edition of IE Business School’s Incubator in Area 31 are the following:

 They will be joined by selected teams from the previous 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:


Apply to Venture Day Madrid, Rafael del Pino July 6th 2016

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Agenda IE Venture Network Weeklies, June 2nd 2016

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Vote for our Alumni Startup @Venture from Chivas

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taka solutions

Help Taka solutions in their Fund Rising.

The founders of taka solutions combine professional acumen and knowhow from backgrounds in Mechanical Engineering, Design, Construction Economics, Project Management and Finance Nuclear engineering with Bill Gates’ TerraPower company.

taka solutions installs technology in existing buildings to save energy and money. The company are only paid from the financial savings their work generates. The team believes that the potential exists to reduce the world’s energy usage by 20%, the equivalent of all the world’s new CO2 and power plants for ten years, simply by using better existing technologies to control energy usage.

The Venture:
The Venture is Chivas’ global search to find and support the most promising aspiring social entrepreneurs who want to succeed whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others. With over $1 million in funding and resources, The Venture will enable social entrepreneurs from around the world realize their potential and gain exposure for their business.

taka solutions is a finalist in the competition, having won the regional competition for the Gulf in January. In July, the team will be competing in the global finals in NYC.

Crowd Voting:
Right now, the competition is in a popular voting period for a share of $250,000 in funding. To support taka solutions, visit www.votetaka.com once a week in the next 4 weeks to vote.

For more information, please contact:

Charles Blaschke charles@takasolutions.com m: +971 555 168 141

Or Celine Salman celine@takasolutions.com m: +971 56 116 1534






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We are entrepreneurs, IE Web Show introduces us with one of Area 31 Startups: Pentagrom, which is an app designed for people who study music. The app picks up the audio of an instrument playing or of someone singing in real-time, and writes the notes in a music score. In this way, the person can learn by associating the sound with the notes, rather than by repetition.



Agenda IE Venture Network Weeklies, May 19th 2016

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Agenda IE Venture Network Weeklies Madrid, May 12th 2016

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Worksforsocial, one of Area 31 Startups, is a platform that allows NGOs and smaller companies who do not have a specific area in their organization dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility, to be involved in some kind of social action. They promote a collaborative relationship between NGOs and smaller companies. Last April, Workforsocial celebrated the first edition of Pro Bono Marathon, with the collaboration of Impact Hub Madrid. A total of 20 volunteers participated in the projects. We interviewed Andrea Sánchez (CEO) and Laura Casado (Marketing Director) to gain further insights on the social responsibility startup. 


Workforsocial started more or less, a year ago and we have been taking small steps to get where we are now. As Andrea had built her career on social responsibility, we saw that the area was lacking of the introduction of significant innovations. This applied especially to the smaller companies who were not engaging themselves in many relevant projects. So the question that we wanted to resolve was: “How do we introduce further the concept of social responsibility to smaller companies?” There was no need to call this area of the company: Corporate Social Responsibility which may appear to complicate the company too much. We thought of providing these companies with a tool to get involved in some kind of social action. We wanted to develop a collaborative kind of relationship between the organizations that offered the projects and the companies that wanted to be involved in social action, rather than a consulting company. We had the idea by looking at an international level, however there was just platforms for NGOs to work between themselves that promoted Pro Bono work. This fit the concept that we were trying to implement for smaller companies, and we even thought about having people collaborating as freelancers in the platform.”

12108130_504984843010116_8284033706357930985_nWorkforsocial started testing these collaborations in an offline manner, offering our time and with
little investment in place. Before creating an online platform we had to see if our idea made sense. The startups has already carried out 5 collaborations with NGOs which are around all Spain. Their progress has been possible due to contacts and networking, which, without much planning, has allowed them to contact with various social enterprises.



For the time being, Worksforsocial has 15 NGOs and other 15 businesses which are willing to collaborate. They provide their services for a reduced fee or even as a free service in certain occasions. They aim that the work is not provided by any type of person that volunteers but rather by professionals.  “On the side of the NGOs, we want to  guarantee them that if they are not happy with the service provided by the company, Workforsocial will act as the “watchmen” that ensures that the project will come to a successful conclusion.”



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