Area 31 Newsletter

Thursday, 22nd June

Dear Area 31 Entrepreneurs and Friends,

Make sure to scroll down to the opportunities section of our newsletter this week. Are you into Social Entrepreneurship? The City of Madrid is looking for worthy projects to support. Is your startup in Fintech? You stand to win €50.000 from BBVA. Open Innovation? €50.000 might be waiting for you at the EDP Open Innovation Competition. Also El Pais is launching a competition to support startups.

In Area 31, we're hosting a group of students visiting from Rotterdam School of Management on Monday. Join them for a master class on The Role of Technology and Innovation in the Scaling Up of Social Ventures and some networking. On Tuesday, Area 31 will host the event Empowering Sustainable Development through a historic event. 500 years of the First World Circumnavigation. Don't miss this event at the cross roads of history, entrepreneurship and sustainable development.

EVENTS IN AREA 31: June 26th-July 2nd

Rotterdam School of Management students visit IE

Date: June 26th

Time: 17:00-19:00

Location: The Garden

We would like to invite you to welcome a group of master students from Rotterdam School of Management to our campus. Join us for a Master Class by Professor Concepción Galdón and a networking cocktail afterwards. The topic of the master class: The Role of Technology and Innovation in the Scaling Up of Social Ventures. RSVP:

Empowering Sustainable Development through a historic event. 500 years of the First World Circumnavigation

Date: June 27th

Time: 19:30

Location: The Valley

At this event, an important historioprapher will talk about the human change that involved the fist world circumnavigation, and its deep impact which lasts until today. Influential SDGs experts will talk about how to empower Suistainable Develpment initiatives. Iberdrola will share how a traditional utility has been transformed into a Suistanible leader in its sector worldwide. And finally AUARA will show us how to be both sustainable and profitable, the key question of shared value. Don't miss the chance to join Los18 in this Suistanable travel! Register here.

Venture Network Weeklies

Date: June 29th

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Location: The Garden, Area 31

Come see Ventures pitch to investors and sector experts, hear feedback from the panel, ask the startups your own questions, and meet the local startup ecosystem. This weekly event is an informal way to learn and network with people from within and outside of IE while enjoying a beer from our sponsor, Heineken. This event is open to all. Register here.


BBVA Open Talent

Deadline: July 17th

The world’s biggest fintech challenge for startups, which this year has grown significantly. A truly global hunt for the best of the best in the world of fintech and digital banking. Five international competitions are defining this 9th edition of BBVA Open Talent. Three focused thematic competitions, more than a dozen country-specific opportunities and an all-encompassing, catch-all competition to find the absolute best fintech startup from anywhere around the world. Special awards for AI, Identity, Fintech for Companies, Women in Fintech and Financial Inclusion. Learn more.

MAD+2017, por un Madrid más justo y más solidario

Deadline: July 21st

Estos Premios reconocerán la gran aportación de estas iniciativas innovadoras y generadoras de empleo a la sociedad, caracterizadas por aunar el valor social y el beneficio económico. El plazo para la presentación de las solicitudes comienza el 7 de junio y finaliza el 21 de julio de 2017. Ver más

EDP Open Innovation: €50.000 for the winner + 3 best teams to pitch at the WebSummit 2017!

Deadline: August 23rd

EDP Open Innovation is back with the 2017 edition! This acceleration program is for new business projects focused on technological innovation in the areas of clean-tech and energy. EDP Open Innovation will take tech and energy startups from the early stage to a business in just 3 weeks. During the program, the startups will learn and apply the Lean Startup methodology through 9 boot camps that will guide them step by step in validation of their startup’s business model.For the foreign startups accepted in the program, flight and accommodation expenses will be offered. Learn more and apply here.

Plataforma Talento El País

A place to spread digital talent and bring it to success. The website of EL PAÍS opens a platform of ideas in its portal #talentodigital. A global space for all innovators who have a project to show. The initiative, powered by Volkswagen, offers a web showcase that will be available to entrepreneurs until September 1 to help them present their proposals and explain them to the world. In addition, the best will find an extra backup. A jury of experts, on the one hand, and readers of EL PAÍS, on the other, will decide which projects choose the two prizes of 15,000 euros each reserved for the best creators. Register here.
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