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IESE 40under40 Awards

A celebration of IESE's rising entrepreneurs in 2022

Meet our latest IESE 40under40

IESE 40under40 entrepreneurs are innovators, disrupters and dreamers. All IESE alumni, they are inquisitive and persistent, inspired and inspiring. Whether they are engineering new sails for ships, helping to reduce water waste, democratizing financial services, or making business travel easier, they all are poised to be leaders in their fields.

We celebrated the unique accomplishments of the IESE 40under40 2022 in a special ceremony on Nov. 29, 2022, in Madrid. An additional four prizes were also awarded for Outstanding Female Entrepreneur, Most Innovative Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur with the Most Social Impact and Entrepreneur with the Best Growth Track.

Download a PDF with all 40 winners and interviews with the four special award winners.

IESE 40under40 in Numbers

Our 40under40 winners are dedicated to making their mark: creating new companies that generate new opportunities. To be eligible, these alumni startups must have at least €1 million per year in revenue, have raised at least €1 million in venture capital, or have sold their company for €10 million or more. Here, the impact in numbers:

4,000 new jobs created

€519 million in revenue generated

Nearly €1 billion in capital raised

4 continents where companies are headquartered

1 unicorn valued at $1 billion or more

1 IPO & 4 exits 

Special Awards

While all 40 of our entrepreneurs are winners, we awarded four special prizes for the following:

Outstanding Female Entrepreneur

WINNER: Cristina Aleixendri, Bound4Blue

Most Innovative Entrepreneur

WINNER: Rahul Jain, Peach Payments

Entrepreneur with the Most Social Impact

WINNER: Gregoire de Hemptinne, Shayp

Entrepreneur with the Best Growth Track

WINNER: Avi Meir, TravelPerk

The Jury

Drew Propson

Head of Technology and Innovation
World Economic Forum

Enrique Linares


Gerald Glauerdt

Lazada Group

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IESE 40under40 Awards: 2018

Our 2018 edition recognized 40 global entrepreneurs and innovators who created trailblazing ventures in areas ranging from business travel platforms to renewable electricity providers to IoT sensors on infrastructure projects.

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