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Training and Networking

Grow, sell or stay the same. After launching a company and reaching a cruising speed, entrepreneurs face a dilemma: Should I grow? Should I sell up? Should I seek partners?

  • Events for entrepreneurs
    • IESE's Network of Private Investors
      Monthly meetings
      Do you have a business project, but don't know how to make it take off? Have you designed a business plan, but don't have the financing to make it a reality yet? Do you need the advice of managers, entrepreneurs and IESE faculty members with expertise in the process of launching and managing companies? The IESE Network of Private Investors may be able to help you.
    • Global Entrepreneurship Week
      Yearly (November)
      Global Entrepreneurship Week is designed to encourage and promote enterprising ideas and address issues important to society, such as poverty and sustainability. IESE-EIC coordinates this ambitious project in Spain in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.
    • TEA 2014
      The Strategic Acceleration Workshop (TEA 2014) is targeted at a selected group of Catalan technology-based SMEs. Its key purpose is to contribute to enhancing the level of relative competitiveness of the selected companies and their ability to position themselves globally and generate profitable business growth. The program is funded ACCIÓ, an agency linked to the Ministry of Business and Employment of the Catalan government that supports business competitiveness, and is designed and taught by IESE Business School. The program is free of charge for the selected companies.
    • Growth Workshops (Growth Academy)
      These workshops are aimed at business users of the online Strategic Growth Plan (PEC) co-developed by IESE Business School and the local agency Barcelona Activa. It is designed as a platform to support the growth management of early-stage, high-potential companies. Through this plan, the companies that collaborate with Barcelona Activa and IESE Business School on the online PEC are given advice to help them improve the quality of their business proposals and their commercial value, while raising awareness among entrepreneurs about the importance of defining a more focused value proposition and how this should respond to the needs of market segments and clients, and to improve the growth management skills of the management teams involved.
    • Investment Readiness Seminars
      The aim of this seminar is to explore different dimensions of the creation and growth of new companies, and to promote innovation and the formation of new businesses in companies that have already been established.
    • Tech Fair
      This features forums where the most innovative business opportunities developed in Spain are presented. The fair is held on the IESE Madrid campus in partnership with FINAVES, and is sponsored by ACCIÓ.
  • Recommended e-conferences

    Through IESE's website, alumni can follow pre-recorded chats that interest them and best meet their needs. We recommend:

    • Emprendedores en Silicon Valley: lecciones aprendidas
      Prof. Albert Fernández; Luca Carlucci, CEO de BidAway; y Tim Kunihiro, Emprendedor y Asesor
      October 9, 2014
    • Formación profesional, desarrollo de talento y empleo
      Prof. José Ramón Pin; Gustavo Alonso, Director de Recursos Humanos y Relaciones Institucionales de BASF; Luis Sánchez Navarrete, Director de Desarrollo y Políticas Corporativas de BBVA; y Emma Fernández, Directora de Desarrollo Estratégico de INDRA
      July 2, 2014
    • ¿Se puede ser innovador social? Oportunidades y tendencias
      Prof. Joan Fontrodona, Prof. Antonino Vaccaro y Paolo de Fabriitis, Fundador y Director de Disismore
      May 20, 2014
    • The Digital Mind-Set
      Prof. Evgeny Káganer
      June 10, 2014
    • ¿Cómo gestiono la agenda? Dominar la agenda, antes de que te domine
      Miquel Lladó, Colaborador Científico de Dirección Estratégica, IESE 
    • Errores de los emprendedores
      Prof. Alberto Fernández Terricabras y Carlos Blanco
      May, 2014
    • The top management perspective on entrepreneurship
      Prof. Pedro Nueno, Isak Andic, Patricia Francis and Hans Ulrich Maerki
      April, 2014
    • The top management perspective on innovation and corporate growth 
      Adrian Wooldridge, Bruno Di Leo, Denise Kingsmill, Kees Storm and George Yeo
      April, 2014
    • Public funding for entrepreneurs
      February 18, 2013
      Author: Begoña Cristeto, Chief Executive Officer, Spanish Innovation Company (ENISA)
      Javier Ponce, Director of Finance, Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI)
    • Innovative entrepreneurial acquisition model: the Search Fund
      Monday, February 11, 2013

      Author: Marc Bartomeus, Search Fund Entrepreneur
      Pep Casas, Private Investor, Neokocapital
      Rob Johnson, Partner, Delta Partners and Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship, IESE
      Will Thorndike, General Manager Partner, Housatonic Partners
      Simon Webster, Chairman of the European Search Fund Association
      Prof. Antonio Dávila, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Accounting and Control, IESE
      Prof. Mathieu Carenzo, Lecturer on Entrepreneurship, IESE
    • Being an entrepreneur by investing: the role of private investors and the family office
      October 4, 2012, Barcelona
      Professor Juan Roure moderates this session, which features Xavier Arquerons, a member of the IESE of Network Private Investors, and Josep Maria Casas, a private investor from Neokocapital. Despite the economic climate, numerous opportunities and business projects are still emerging. The initial challenges include seed and startup, followed by development and growth. But in order to achieve this, entrepreneurs usually have to seek funding first. Many of these projects can become excellent investment opportunities, and that's where private investors and family offices can help. They not only invest capital, but also provide expertise, operational and strategic insight, social capital and contact networks.
    • Shareholder agreements: How to avoid future conflicts
      Tuesday, May 15, 2012, Barcelona
      Timo Buetefisch, the founder and CEO of Cooltra, Adelaide Cracco, a manager at FINAVES, and Professor Enrique Morera participate in this session, which is moderated by Albert Fernández Terricabras, a professor and director of FINAVES. When an investor decides to invest in an entrepreneurial project, shareholders (usually minority entrepreneurs and investors) must reach agreements on different economic and corporate matters. The rules for making decisions in the company, the governing bodies and the shareholder agreements must be defined. What are the key aspects and what does the entrepreneur need to consider? What about the shareholders? Thus, it focuses on the early stages of a company (initial financing rounds) and on corporations and limited companies.
    • Creating high-growth entrepreneurial companies
      Thursday, May 05, 2011, Barcelona
      This session was moderated by Professor Antonio Dávila and Steven Coppen, a partner at Gimv Capital Risk Fund (the Netherlands), and organized in collaboration with FemCAT.
  • IESE Executive Education Programs
  • Networking opportunities
    • Network of Private Investors
      Investment Forums are the meeting point between members of the Network of Private Investors and Family Offices and entrepreneurs. Participating in these events provides investors with firsthand information on entrepreneurial projects and their promoters. At the same time, entrepreneurs are able to gather opinions from people with experience in the business world.
    • Growth Investment Forum 
      The Growth Investment Forum combines experience, resources and management skills to start new entrepreneurial ventures by presenting business projects that respond to attractive business and investment opportunities. It provides investors with a unique opportunity to learn about business initiatives launched by MBAs and former IESE students seeking investment.
    • FINAVES 
      FINAVES is a venture capital company whose founders have extensive business experience and are willing to invest in new projects, especially those promoted by alumni and participants in IESE programs.