IE Venture Network Area 31

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Join IE Venture Network Thursday, May 10th 2018!

Venture Network, an informal weekly pitch slam, is an invaluable resource for early stage entrepreneurs. Venture Network is a forum in which you can engage with the entrepreneurial community, promote your startup, and have the opportunity to pitch before a panel of investors & entrepreneurs. Venture Network is unique in that it is a very informal gathering where startups can meet investors in a casual setting over beers and snacks and focus on what’s important: building relationships. Venture Network is a great way to perfect your pitch, get feedback on your product, and meet the local startup community.

The two startups that will present their project in 7 minutes will be:

Justo de Rufino, Motordisc

Motordisc is an R&D&I project of electric hybridization of vehicles with traditional explosion engine based on a regenerative brake system with "flat" type electric motors that allows (i) the use of braking for the generation of electricity (thanks to the use of "inverter" electric motors ), and (ii) the electric traction of the vehicle thanks to said electric motors when required.

The regenerative braking system/electric traction provides a clearly innovative component that consists of placing said electric motors in the brake calipers of each wheel. Thanks to this innovation, this system is much less complex from the technical and installation point of view, than other similar projects that are being carried out, since it can be adapted to each car model easily and at a limited cost. The system is called Motordisc Electric Transmission and has granted the Spanish patent ES2597203 and is in the final phase of approval of the patent for Europe, United States and China (reference international patent WO 2017/009512 A1).

It is a project with clear ecological and social components, allowing to open the world of electric hybridization to segments of the population with less access to new hybrid/electric vehicles. The main strategy is based on the development of a kit (which would include the electric motors located in the brake calipers, battery and electronic control unit) that would allow transforming a traditional vehicle into a hybrid with the consequent ecological benefits. It would potentially allow obtaining the "0" class by "Spanish Dirección General de Tráfico" which grants access to BUS-VAO and restricted centers of large cities, free access to regulated parking areas, etc ...).

Please find the video presentation link

This development could also be applied to the hybridization of motorbikes and bicycles (

Twitter: @Motordisc_Elect

Dana Al Fayez, Indigo Denim

Indigo Denim turns basics into luxury. At Indigo Denim, we reconstruct and redesign regular basic denim jeans enriching them with unique stitches and turn them into custom-made statement jeans! Through this enterprise, my team and I are creating opportunities for ourselves and other women; currently in Jordan. Indigo Denim engages women in the community who work with us to create Indigo’s final product.

Instagram: INDIGODENIM9595

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IE Business School is one of the most celebrated business schools in the world. Through its Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, IE offers its students and alumni training, mentorship and resources to ideate, validate and launch startups thanks to programs like the Venture Lab. The Venture Networks, organized by the Venture Lab team, are organized with the aim of fostering a community atmosphere and spirit in Area31 for the greater Spanish entrepreneurial ecosystem and also for IE students and alumni who are interested in entrepreneurship. The startups who pitch can be from anywhere (with no ties to IE) and investors who are interested in helping out early stage startups, meet aspiring entrepreneurs and stay abreast of what startups are up and coming are welcome to participate. Contact us!


Thursday, May 10th, 7-9pm

Calle de María de Molina, 31, Madrid, Spain

María de Molina, 31 (Area 31)The Garden