Area 31 Newsletter

Thursday 15th of October 2015

Dear Area 31 Entrepreneurs and Friends,

IE's Incubator in Area 31 is open for applications! We're looking for the 20 teams that will join IE's startup ecosystem from Jan 2016-June 2016. Do you run an innovative startup or know someone who does? Don't miss this opportunity! Also, the application process to pitch at Venture Day Madrid is still open.

Next week Area 31 will host the Startup Team Formation activities of the Startup Lab. Also, the present intake of the Incubator in Area 31 will have their monthly get together. Belarmino García, founder of telecom company Amena, will present his new book The Power of Passion. On Thursday there will be an info session to present Helix, a social project aimed at strengthening entrepreneurship skills of people with difficulties to access the labor market in Spain. And, of course, we hope you'll join us for beers, pitching and networking on Thursday at Venture Network Weeklies.


Start-up Lab Team Formation Activity

Monday, Oct 19th

Friday, Oct 23rd


Location: The Valley

The Team Formation Activity is organized exclusively for the Start-up Lab students of the IMBA April’15 intake. The activity is aimed to connect students with common interests and complementary skills. In preparation of the Start-up Lab, the students will go through a series of activities that will help them in creating their ‘A-Teams’.

Area 31 November Get Together

Monday, Oct 19th


Location: The Garden

November’s monthly get together for the startups in the present intake of our Incubator in Area 31. Every month the entrepreneurs in Area 31 have the chance to share their challenges and achievements and ask each other for support in an informal setting.

The Power of Passion

Tuesday, October 20th 2015


Location: All Area 31

How a young team, eager to conquer the world, searched, fought and took risks to get something unique: making Amena the third mobile operator in Europe. In a race against time, without fear, with effort and hard work; but above all, great passion, they showed that people can reach unimaginable tops. This event is already fully booked.

Helix Project Info Session

Thursday, October 22nd 2015


Location: The Garden

This session will be in Spanish

Helix is a social project aimed at strengthening entrepreneurship skills of people with difficulties to access the labor market in Spain. Volunteer students will support a micro-entrepreneurs in evaluating and launching a business project, implementing a strategic planning process. Helix is promoted by Puentes Global, a social venture supported by IE Foundation, and Centro Community Partners, an NGO based in California. Interested in learning more? Register to attend this meeting here or at

Venture Network Weeklies

Thursday, October 22nd 2015

19:00- 21:30

Location: The Garden

Our weekly informal gathering for entrepreneurs and investors. IE's weekly 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.


Apply to IE's Incubator in Area 31!

Deadline: Nov 15th, 2015

The Incubator in Area 31 is at the very heart of IE Business School's global entrepreneurship ecosystem. Recieve free office space, mentoring, training and extensive networking opportunities. Overall, startups in our Incubator have access to up to $150,000 worth of services. Our partners include Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Paypal, IBM, several law firms and online marketing service providers. Read more.
Discover Area 31 at IE Business School

Apply to Venture Day Madrid!

Deadline: Oct 16th

Over the last 4 years teams that have pitched at Venture Day Madrid have raised over €12M+ IN INVESTMENT - this is your chance to become one of them!

IE VENTURE DAY is IE Business School’s startup competition where 10 teams get the chance to pitch to an audience of local and international angel and VC investors. To take part in Venture Day at least 1 team member must be a current student or alumni from IE Business School. Learn more.

Silicon Drinkabout

Friday, Oct 23rd at 7:30pm
Our friends from Silicon Drinkabaout are organizing a weekly ‘Friday after work’ social event for the tech start up community at an informal, accessible and down-to-earth venue . Founded in London in 2010, by Mind Candy and continued by startup community company the 3 Beards, it has since become the largest weekly social event for the Silicon Roundabout/Tech City crowd and it’s expanded to 21 cities globally. Register here or email


Koiki: empresa perteneciente al Area 31 ganadora del premio ‘Mejor Empresa Europea de Innovación Social’ otorgado por el EIB Institute

Autor: Aitor Ojanguren

El pasado Jueves 24 de Septiembre, se celebró en la Fondazione Cariplo de Milan el IV Social Innovation Tournament organizado por el European Investment Bank Institute. Este premio tiene como objeto premiar y recompensar iniciativas innovadoras con impacto ético y ambiental en la contra la exclusión social. Nuestra grata sorpresa fue obtener el galardón del primer premio entre los 16 finalistas seleccionados entre 342 empresas de 29 países. Read more.


The use of Area 31 as a coworking space will be limited during the following days:
  • Monday, Oct 19th, 16h-18:30h Only half of the space will be available for coworking
  • Tuesday, Oct 20th, 19h-21h ALL Area 31 will be occupied with an event
  • Friday, Oct 23rd, 16h-18:30h Only half of the space will be available for coworking
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