Posts con el tag ‘innovation’

What is the link between water, EMBA and women in Tanzania?

No doubt you will wonder what on earth the connection is between these things. Yet there is one – the 2017 Aquatech Innovation Awards. These awards are strongly committed to sustainability and – as their name suggests – to innovation.

Tecnoturbines, a company founded by Jaime Lledó, a former student of the 2016 EMBA programme, has won one of these top awards. Lledó´s start-up, headed by the former ESADE student and three engineers from Alicante, received the prize in the Transport & Storage category for its picoturbine, an economic and efficient solution which allows for energy generation to monitor installations with difficult access to the electric net. The award was made in Amsterdam on the 30th of October 2017.

The purpose of Lledó’s company is to develop technology that allows one to use water pressure to generate electricity. The secret lies in the installation of micro-turbines in the water distribution network to reduce or take advantage of over-pressures.

Companies that store large quantities of water can use the firm´s products to save resources and thus cut costs. Some of the potential customers of Tecnoturbines are enterprises operating in the irrigation sector, industry, and the distribution of drinking water.

Tecnoturbine´s project will revolutionise its target market. Its pioneering products, solutions and services in the hydraulic industry are precisely what the Aquatech Innovation Awards have been heaping accolades on for years. In this edition of the awards, Tecnoturbines was chosen from among 13 leading companies and projects by a jury of top experts from firms such as Wetsus, Akzo Nobel, Shell, and Stowa.

Water is a scarce, valuable resource that needs to be treated in a socially responsible manner. Innovation plays a key role in achieving this goal. The 2017 edition of the Aquatech awards (which were held in Amsterdam this year), showed their commitment to social and environmental sustainability by donating the registration fees to AMREF Flying Doctors — an NGO. AMREF is currently carrying out a project in Tanzania to: eradicate the practice of female circumcision; provide drinking water for women and children; improve community hygiene and sanitation.

During ESADE´s Executive MBA (EMBA) programme, students come up with projects whether within their companies or as a new line of business/entrepreneurial venture. How are these projects brought to fruition? The last stage of the EMBA programme — the Business

Capstone Project — puts the finishing touches to the plan to create a new business. Experts tutor students and evaluate the project. The projects themselves are chosen by programme participants depending on their track records, backgrounds, and aims. These projects often go beyond the classroom and end up as successful companies. The aim is clear-cut: to provide EMBA participants (who are all professionals with great potential) with the tools to reflect, learn and act in making their dreams come true.

Jaime Lledó is a prime example of the way the EMBA programme helps participants develop their entrepreneurial flair and projects. Tecnoturbines — Lledó´s brainchild while he was at ESADE — has grown to the point where sales have reached the one million Euro mark. The EMBA programme was key in laying the foundations for this success. Furthermore, Lledó and his team are bent on making the firm grow and they are opening up international markets to this end.

These four young professionals are pioneers. Their training, professionalism and determination means the sky is the limit!

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CeleBreak: An entrepreneur’s dream that the EMBA helped bring to life

Daniel Foth is about to finish his Executive MBA. He is a member of the 2014-2016 graduating class, the first monthly-format EMBA at ESADE. When Daniel began the programme, he held a position of responsibility at Lufthansa in Frankfurt. That’s right: he used to hold this post. For Daniel, the EMBA has been a turning point in his career, as well as a radical change in his life.

His motivation, initiative and enthusiasm for professional development prompted him to make a decision that would completely change his situation: he decided to apply everything he learned in the EMBA to his own professional project. International vision, executive competencies, entrepreneurial spirit… Nothing would ever be the same.

Daniel left Frankfurt and moved to Barcelona, where the project he had imagined during the EMBA began to take shape. Thus, CeleBreak was born.

Offering unique experiences

Daniel has been a football fan his whole life. He started playing the sport at age five. He also loves organising events that combine football and nightlife. The pairing of football and fun led to the creation of Daniel’s current company. CeleBreak offers amateur football players the chance to play football at venues normally reserved for star players like Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In collaboration with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, CeleBreak offers its football-, travel- and nightlife-loving customers holiday packages that include participation in a football tournament at the training facilities of a world-class football club followed by a night of partying at exclusive nightclubs in the host city. In short, CeleBreak gives its customers a weekend where they can share their passions and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The first CeleBreak event, organised in 2015 in collaboration with FC Barcelona, was a big success. A similar gathering will be held in Barcelona this year, in addition to a second event in Madrid organised in partnership with Real Madrid. Daniel, his team and CeleBreak’s growing contingent of followers have high expectations for the upcoming events, as well as many ideas and surprises to offer.

For more information, visit www.celebreak.eu

The entrepreneur’s experience

All entrepreneurial projects go through various stages. Like anything worth doing, this process can involve difficulty, doubts and constant challenges. The challenge of creating CeleBreak has inspired Daniel to outdo himself every day and to continually improve, question and innovate. And it has given him the excitement and dynamism that he was looking for in his professional life.

In Daniel’s view, anyone who has an idea they believe in and that makes them happy should develop it. He recognises that the EMBA opened his eyes – and the doors – to entrepreneurship with guarantees. It taught him to trust that the tools and knowledge he acquired during his career and his time at ESADE would provide the best possible foundation for creating and growing CeleBreak.

And what about you? Are you up to the challenge? What entrepreneurial ideas do you have? What are the main ideas and doubts that come to mind when you hear the word “entrepreneurship”?

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“The Experience Learning Programme” – an intense experience at Món Sant Benet

It is hard to briefly summarise the nature of the experience of the stay at Món Sant Benet. The Outdoor Experience Learning Programme marks a watershed in our EMBA studies. From the standpoint of leadership and self-leadership, the programme is an initiation in personal and social management under changing conditions. The nature of the change may be personal, professional, or even corporate. Working together to deal with changes of various kinds helped us strengthen relations and improve teamwork.

 Emotions’, ‘change’, ‘revelation’, ‘enthusiasm’, ‘improvement’, ‘feelings’, ‘help’, ‘a boost’, ‘tranquillity’, ‘enjoyment’, ‘creativity’, ‘discovery’, ‘overcoming hurdles’.

These are just some of the terms participants used to sum up in a few words what the programme meant to them.

It is hard to return to the daily grind after this experience in such an idyllic setting yet one has to make the most of every waking moment. The daily routine takes up most of our time and makes us lose touch with what is really important. That is why we are often loathe to stray off the beaten track or to face the need for change. Such shortcomings are part of human nature but we can overcome them with enthusiasm, initiative and determination.

“The future depends on what we do today” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Jordi J. Lorente Vázquez, EMBA Candidate 2015

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Discovering the E-Garage

EMBA participants (fortnightly format) visited the ESADE campus in Sant Cugat (Barcelona) on the 8th of November. There, they completed the In-Company Project assignment in the E-Garage facilities.

The session was led by ESADE faculty members Jordi Vinaixa of the Department of General Management and Strategy, and Ivanka Visnjic of the Department of Operations and Innovation.

The E-Garage acts as an ‘incubator’ for projects by those taking ESADE programmes and provides the resources and setting needed to create new business ideas. The E-Garage is also a meeting point and a forum for collaboration between entrepreneurs and investors.

The day ended with a visit to the ESADECREAPOLIS complex, whose purpose is to inspire, foster and speed up innovation and entrepreneurship.

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