2018: More than 15 International Venture Days
IE Venture Daysare international events designed to foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem,connecting the best startups, investors, corporations, accelerators and thought-leaders. Every Venture Day lasts between 4-8 hours, and its format is a combination of keynote speakers, panel discussions and a startup competition with the most-promising entrepreneurs of the region. The conferences are open to the general public, and IE students and alumni as well as individuals from the local and regional entrepreneurial communities are invited to participate.
Our Venture Days take place in cities around the world, connecting the entrepreneurial community across all continents. In the past three years, we have held more than 35 International Venture Days in cities such as Shanghai, Tokyo, Miami, Bogota, London, Santiago de Chile, Paris and many more!
In 2018, we will organize more than 15 Venture Days around the world. Some confirmed destinations:
- April 21:Beirut Venture Day (Lifestyle & Entertainment)
- May 14-18:Barranquilla (Tourism Innovation Challenge)
- May 30:Tel Aviv Venture Day (Edtech)
- June 15:Chicago Venture Day (Legaltech)
- June 20:Mexico Venture Day (Legaltech)
- July 17 – 26:Panama (H2O Challenge)
- October:Lagos Venture Day (E-commerce: building the marketplace of the future)
- October:Manila Venture Day (Housing of the Future)
- November 8:Santiago de Chile Venture Day
- November 28:Tokio Venture Day (Media & Technology)
And coming soon… Bolivia, Ecuador, India…
Moreover, every year Madrid hosts two Venture Days with more than 500 attendants, which celebrates the winners of our Venture Lab Accelerator program. The most recent Venture Day in Madrid was on Thursday, July 12th in the Rafael del Pino Auditorium. Over 50 startups from current students and alumni competed to be finalists at Venture Day and the innovative candidates made the selection a huge challenge.
There were 11 finalists from teams who are currently in IE Business School’s IMBA, IE HST’s Master in Big Data and Business Analytics, IE University’s Bachelor’s in Business Administration and an alumni team that graduated from IE Law School. This celebration is clearly a tribute to how our #IESpirit of Entrepreneurship runs far and wide across our programs.
The program focused first on Artificial Intelligence, Data and Ventures! The chosen Keynote speaker, Ikhlaq Sidhu, is Chief Scientist and Founding Director, Sutarja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at UC Berkeley. It is a fitting topic considering that we there were not one but THREE finalists from IE HST’s Master in Big Data and Business Analytics. This year we have startups who are tackling problems in the realm of cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence, healthcare, ecommerce, law, energy, fashion and data.