Posts con el tag ‘innovation’

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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