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



Venture Day Madrid – July 12th

Thursday, July 12th is IE’s flagship and largest entrepreneurship event, the culmination of its Venture Lab program and a celebration for all of IE’s entrepreneurial spirit and mission to foster an entrepreneurial mindset. All are welcome to join us at the Auditorium of the Rafael del Pino Foundation in Madrid on Calle Rafael Calvo 39. […]

12 Jul 2018


Apply for IE’s next Venture Lab!

We are now accepting applications for Venture Lab. If you are an IE student or alumnus/a with an idea for a scalable business, then apply to ...

22 Jun 2018



Our next Venture Day Madrid is JULY 12th, 2018. APPLY TO COMPETE! Over the last 6 years, teams that have pitched at IE Venture Days have raised ...

28 May 2018


Venture Network: Apply to Pitch!

Venture Networks Area 31 are weekly pitch slams held every Thursday at 7pm in IE Business School’s Area 31 (lower level of María de Molina 31). ...

20 Feb 2018


Venture Lab 2018 begins soon!

Do you have an idea for a startup? Maybe you don’t have an idea, but you’re eager to take part in our next Venture Lab acceleration ...

19 Feb 2018


Announcing the Selected Teams for the 10th Edition of IE’s Startup Incubator in Area 31

Their success has elevated the standards and the quality of the applications continues to rise. We want to thank all applicants for their commitment ...

14 Mar 2017


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18 aug 2018

Fast Track Admissions Day – San Francisco

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18 aug 2018

Think Beyond the Bubble: 6 Big Ideas that Silicon Valley Start-Ups can Leverage from Europe – San Francisco

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21 aug 2018

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23 aug 2018

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