IE places a special focus on encouraging students to explore social innovation and entrepreneurial challenges through the development of creative and innovative solutions for the BoP (Base of the Pyramid) and other social enterprises through design thinking.
The School places a marked emphasis on unconventional approaches to enduring social problems, many undertaken jointly with key players in the field of process design, creativity, social entrepreneurship and innovation. Current collaborations at IE include partners such as The Hub, Net Impact and Emzingo to name a few.
The Hub is a global network of connected communities that enable collaborative ventures for a better world.
Emzingo is a people development company that inspires responsible leadership, prepares individuals to address global challenges, and connects business to society through social impact projects.
Emzingo uses these social impact projects and a leadership development curriculum as vehicles to transform our participants both personally and professionally. At the end of our programs, Emzingo participants will have enhanced business and entrepreneurial skills, a have gained a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the social sector, and have become more reflective and self-aware.
Mentoring Program for Women Led Business
Assist in the transformation and expansion of the participant’s businesses into consolidated medium-sized enterprises, generating employment and economic benefits in the entrepreneur’s communities.
Financieros sin Fronteras
Financieros sin Fronteras (FsF) is a non-profit association that maximizes the potential, knowledge and professional experience of professors, staff and students of IE business School, developing technical assistance and capacity building projects to microfinance institutions in Ghana that contribute to the strenghthening of the microfinance sector as a tool for economic and social development in the country.
IE in Ethiopia
Since 2013, IE IMBA students have taken an annual two-week trip to Ethiopia as part of the Africa elective. The trip involves volunteer work in a local school as well as visits to local businesses to learn what it is like to operate at the base of the pyramid.
Companies visited have included small commercial enterprises and shops, fish distribution, a multinational winery and the world´s largest rose farm, restaurants, internet cafés and other local operations. Based on their observations, students prepare a final report, usually in the form of a business project.
Participants say that the trip, which offers them a unique opportunity to understand poverty and the challenges facing entrepreneurs in one of Africa´s poorest and most populous countries, is one of the best experiences of their IMBA studies.
“IE opened my eyes to the world of Social Enterprise. I discovered that I could align my personal values with for-profit work and use my skills to create real impact. Through Net Impact, a variety of relevant classes and most importantly, my experience in South Africa as an Emzingo Fellow, I found my passion and am now part of a mind-blowing awesome team working to incubate amazing entrepreneurs tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges”.
“Co-creating an ecosystem of change agents who are working everyday on ways to impact the world through social innovation and entrepreneurship”.
“In a school like IE, that breathes diversity and entrepreneurship, innovation happens naturally, it’s almost inevitable. IE takes advantage of this breeding ground of innovation in order to offer students courses and experiences centered not only on the technological side of innovation but also on its organizational, methodological and social side”.
“In a certain way, adding “social” to “innovation” is redundant at IE. A society which is alive evolves and adapts to its surroundings by finding new solutions to confront daily challenges. At IE, we try to reflect this idea of restlessness, but from a management point of view, that we pass on to our students. We don’t consider it a defensive answer to the corporate world, but instead a pro-active characteristic that any professional today must develop”.