Area 31 Newsletter

Thursday 15th of January 2015

Dear Area 31 Entrepreneurs and Friends,

The coming week will be full with activities in Area 31. Watch out for some of the highlights! On Monday, we will host the Acceleration Camp for the EU Mobile Challenge in the morning. In the afternoon, you can sign up to participate on Pitch to Peers, an opportunity to strengthen your presentation skills. On Tuesday, a representative of Agrotech Startup will come to Area 31 to meet those of you interested in learning about the €5Mn they will disburse to startups. Our very own Venture Network will feature pitches and feedback from investors on Thursday. Finally, the first Betabeers Madrid event of 2015 is on Friday. If you're looking for a developer don't miss this opportunity to network with them and pitch your project.


EU Mobile Challenge Acceleration Camp

Monday, January 19 2015

15:30 – 18:00

Location: Area 31, The Garden

The Acceleration Camp is intended to provide teams competing in the EU Mobile challenge with a tangible roadmap of how to take their mobile app ideas and make them commercial-ready.This involves introducing them to the lean start-up methodology and outline the best practices in mobile app development from other developers. During the Acceleration Programme, teams will be exposed to potential corporate partners, accelerators, and angel investors who could provide them with additional support during the coming months.

Pitch 2 Peers

Monday 19 January 2015
Location: Area 31, The Garden

Sparring for Investment Readiness. A Startup entrepreneur, prepared to convince investors, pitches to an audience of fellow entrepreneurs and experts. Working in teams of five, the participants provide valuable feedback to improve the pitch and investment readiness of the Startup. Sign up here

Venture Lab Session

Monday 19 January 2015
Location: Area 31

Private sessions for participants in IE Business School's Venture Lab accelerator. This is the first session for the new Venture Lab intake. The teams will be introduced to the Venture Lab methodology and they will have a first opportunity to pitch their ideas.

Agrotech Startup Coming to Area 31

Tuesday 20 January 2015
Location: Area 31, The Garden

5 million euros to be disbursed in supporting technology, training and investment projects in the following areas: agriculture (agrotech), water (aquatech), biomass, drones, big data and eHealth during 2015. Interested? Agrotech are coming to Area31 to explain the project and meet you. To register click here

Entrepreneurial Management Session

Thursday January 22 2015

13:30 – 16:00

Location: Area 31, The Hill

Professors Peter Bryant a will lead a session for students enrolled in the Entrepreneurial Management course of IE’s International MBA Program.

Venture Network

Thursday 22 January 2015
Location: Area 31, The Garden

Come and join our weekly informal gathering for startups, investors and anyone interested in entrepreneurship. This pitch slam, in a casual setting over beers, is perfect to focus on what’s important: building relationships, practicing and improving. Find more info and register to pitch here.

Betabeers Madrid

Friday 23 January 2015
Location: Area 31

Among the key factors driving the acceptance of a SDK in the developer community is a combination of ease of use and potential usefulness. Betabeers has always had a strong focus on providing developers and startups with the best payment tools. If you want to discover how to integrate Cards, PayPal, BitCoin, Apple Pay in a simple, secure and fast way, come and join Betabeers talk about sign up here

For IE startup teams who are looking for developers, you can apply to pitch at the end of Betabeers. More Info here

Entreprenuerial Management session

Saturday January 24 2015

12:00 – 14:30

Location: Area 31, The Valley

Professors Gema Sotoca a will lead an Entrepreneurial Management session on Saturday.


EU funding for your StartUps and SMEs - up to 2,5 million euro

Looking at Funding your startup?The European Young Innovators Forum(EYIF) through its partner EU StartUps Services can help. They are aimed at empowering Entrepreneurs, StartUps and SMEs to access public finance of between EUR 50.000 and EUR 2,5 Million from the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme. Access the 30% discount with this promo code: IEVentureLab


Meet the Startups in Area 31: Bee Bee Babies

Author: Marta Carruesco, Bee Bee Babies

Bee Bee Babies is a baby clothes firm which garments grow with the baby so it can be used longer than usual. We design, produce and sell our products.

How does it works?

We looked for the perfect design for long, we tried several systems to get it, and finally we realised that we had it in front of us. We said: “make it simple”, and then an easy, comfortable and practical design came to us. Read More


The use of Area 31 as a coworking space will be limited during the following days:

  • Monday, January 19th, 19:00-21:30, Only half of the space will be available
  • Thursday, January 22nd, 13:30-15:00, Only half of the space will be available
  • Friday, January 23rd, 19:30-21:30, Only half of the space will be available
  • Saturday, January 24th, 12:00-15:00, Only half of the space will be available
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