Area 31 Newsletter

Thursday 29th of April 2015

Dear Area 31 Entrepreneurs and Friends,

Area 31 is bursting with activity next week! But THE highlight is not happening in Area 31. I'm talking about our very own Madrid Venture Day, featuring the top startups in Venture Lab's past intake as well as a selected group of startups run by alumni. Make sure to sign up!
Other relevant events to keep in mind are Pasion>ie's investor day in collaboration with Accenture and Elle Talent Finals, where a €25,000 will be awarded. On Wednesday communication coaches will offer free mentoring for entrepreneurs. Thursday will be busy too, with an Open House Day for candidates to our Incubator in Area 31, a short presentation about Spain as a Startup Destination and the weekly Venture Network.
On our opportunities section, watch out for the application deadline for the Incubator in Area 31, which is quickly approaching, and read about the upcoming IE Venture Day in Peru, focused on Tourism and Gastronomy. Finally, you can read on our blog about Worktoday, a startup in the Area 31 incubator who's also participating in Pasion>IE.


Pitch 2 Peers

Monday May 4th 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. Register here.

Investor day: Pasion>ie 4th edition

Wednesday May 6th 2015
Location: Area 31, The Valley

On the 6th of may, the finalists of the 4th edition of Pasion>i.e. will have the opportunity to present their projects to national and international investors during the investor day to seek funding opportunities for their projects. More info

Communication mentorship for startups

Wednesday May 6th 2015


Location: Area 31, The Garden

Attendants to this session will learn how to define your vision, mission and values, identify effective communication goals and improve your efficiency in social networks. Participation in this event is per invitation only.

ELLE Talent Final

Wednesday, May 6th 2015
Location: Area 31, The Valley

Elle Magazine in collaboration with IE Business School runs this contest for young entrepreneurs. The most innovative, creative and viable business project will receive € 25,000 and a full scholarship for the Master in Management at IE Business School, worth €30,000. Five finalists are selected to pitch at the final event. These groups present their projects to a jury of experts. RSVP by sending an email

Area 31 Open House Day

Thursday May 7th 2015
Location: Area 31, The Garden

Are you interested in applying to the Incubator in Area 31? Join us in next Thursday's Open House Day! This will be an opportunity for entrepreneurs to visit Area 31, meet entrepreneurs who are at present in the incubator and ask questions about the program and the application and selection process. Register here.

Is Spain a good startup destination?

Thursday, May 7th th 2015


Location: Area 31, The Garden

Startups made in Spain will be presenting its research on the Spanish ecosystem and looking at what exists and what are the gaps. This project was funded by Google in the light of the opening of Google Campus Madrid in July. Register here

Venture Network

Thursday May 7th 2015
Location: Area 31, The Garden

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.

Talent devolepment Cross-Company Program

Friday, May 8th 2015
16:00 -- 21:00
Location: Area 31, The Valley

Individual development plan (IDP) activation using all people development tools of Spanish first level companies, to make it available to micro, small and medium enterprises. This is a private event. Attendance is per invitation only

Entrepreneurial Management

Saturday, May 9th 2015

Location: Area 31, The Valley

This is a private session on Business Plan development taught by professor Gema Sotoca for students enrolled in IE's Weekly EMBA program


IE Venture Day Madrid

Tuesday, May 5th 2015

2:30 --9:30PM

Location: calle Rafael Calvo 39, Madrid,

Join our 1 day conference where some of the worlds most influential early stage investors and entrepreneurs share their experiences and judge our startup competition!

More exciting keynotes and participants coming soon! Place are limited! register here


Application process open: Incubator in Area 31

Deadline: May 10th

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 $150,000 worth of services together with the incredible experience of launching their startup from this world class school. Our partners include Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Paypal, several law firms or the crowdfunding platform Fundedbyme among others. Learn more about our Incubator in Area 31.

Apply to IE Venture day: Vertical on Gastronomic and Tourism

Deadline: May 25th

IE Business School (IE) will be held in 19th, June 2015 at Universidad San Ignacio deLoyola (USIL) in Lima Perú. We are looking for entrepreneurs whose projects belong to the field on Gastronomic and Tourism and would like to take part of our pitch elevator competition in front of a jury of different venture capitals, business angels and investors from the Peruvian ecosystem. More Info


Meet the startups in Area 31: Worktoday

Author:Marta Romero, cofounder of Worktoday

Would you like to work today? Worktoday is a mobile phone application created by a Spanish start-up, which connects up business with services professionals, job matching in less than five minutes by mobile phone.Let’s imagine that a waitress calls up the restaurant where he works and says he in unable to attend today; or that a hotel needs extra help in the cleaning team due to an avalanche of unexpected reservations; or that the one employee of a store gets sick and has to be substituted… These and many other similar situations happen every single day: unfilled positions, missed opportunities to offer services while millions of professionals near to those companies’ are available and eager to work. Read More


The use of Area 31 as a coworking space will be limited during the following days:
  • Wednesday, May 6th, 9:00-14:00 & 18:00-20:00 Only half of the space will be available
  • Friday, May 8th, 18:00-21:00 Only half of the space will be available
  • Saturday, May 9th, 8:30-14:30 Only half of the space will be available
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