Our Entrepreneurial Spirit

We believe in the power of innovation and enterprise. We encourage our students to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions, whatever they may be.

In 1973, our school was founded by a group of ambitious entrepreneurs. These individuals set the tone for what IE Business School would become—a dynamic institution committed to innovation, disruption, and above all, entrepreneurship. It’s part of our DNA and we’re proud of the entrepreneurial spirit that defines us.

Our mission is to promote the development and consolidation of startups founded and led by IE students and alumni. 


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Thanks to our unique entrepreneurial ecosystem, IE students and alumni have exclusive access to a wealth of resources and opportunities to help make their vision a reality.

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With programs like Venture Lab, aspiring entrepreneurs can explore their business ideas in an optimal environment. At weekly Venture Network events, entrepreneurs have the opportunity to practice their pitch in front of a group of experts.

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Successful investors and serial entrepreneurs volunteer their time to advise students at our Venture Lab Accelerator. All Area 31 teams have the opportunity to present their projects to investors at the Venture Network weekly “pitch slams”, and at international Venture Days.

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Our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Area 31 is the hub of entrepreneurial activity at IE and the home of its Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Teams who have been accepted into IE’s startup accelerator, the Venture Lab, work in Area 31, while receiving training, mentoring and resources to validate their ideas and launch. A select number of startups, created by IE alumni, also work in Area 31, contributing their experience and skills to the overall ecosystem.

Area 31 hosts Venture Networks almost every Thursday at 7pm, and we welcome everyone to attend and have a beer with us afterwards to network. Events related to entrepreneurship like workshops, clinics and fire-side chats, are also often held in the evenings in Area 31.

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Entrepreneurship Center

María de Molina, 31

+34 915 68 82 99 entrepreneurship@ie.edu




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23 mar 2023

IE Venture Day Chile 2023

Teatro Mori, - Av. Presidente Kennedy 5413 Piso 1 (Parque Arauco) 17:30, Santiago, Chile, Spanish

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IE Venture Day Berlin 2023

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