IE Start-Up Lab
THE IE UNIVERSITY START-UP LAB
The IE Start-Up Lab is an on-campus incubator, where professors and entrepreneurs provide students with feedback and guidance on their business plans.
Many of our students come to IE University with a business plan. The Start-Up Lab is a platform that provides training and resources, alongside access to new networks, to help you start your own company. The Start-Up Lab provides seminars and training in areas including marketing, funding, strategy and the legal aspects of starting a business. There are also practical workshops put on throughout the year, led by experts and entrepreneurs. Professors and industry professionals work with you to develop your business plan, so you can pitch to investors and launch your new venture.
TURN YOUR IDEAS INTO REALITY
IE University will inspire your entrepreneurial drive, no matter your professional path. We provide an environment out-of-the-box thinking, allowing you to unleash your creativity, and venture into the unexplored.
THINK LIKE AN ENTREPRENEUR
Entrepreneurial thinking is valuable for everyone, regardless of their career ambitions. It is at the heart of IE University as we strive to empower our students. Our goal is to develop students’ ability to think in new ways, allowing them to pursue new meaningful and socially impactful projects and initiatives.
Many of our students with to being a career in entrepreneurship. At IE University, they turn those dreams into a reality. New student-let social initiatives, projects and businesses are launched every year, wholeheartedly encouraged through access to resources and support by the university.
All our degree programs cultivate entrepreneurial skills through business and management classes. We are also strongly focused on providing a holistic, multi-perspective educational experience that gains insight and meaning through the study of the humanities.
IE START-UP LAB
The Start-Up Lab is an on-campus idea incubator. The student brings a solid business plan which is developed through training, resources and networks. All main start-up areas are covered, including seminars and training in marketing, funding, strategy and the legal aspects of entrepreneurship. With added practical, year-round workshops, led by professors and experts, this initiative helps students consolidate their business plan, and prepare it to be launched.
HOW IT WORKS
BRING A BUSINESS IDEA
You must bring a well prepared, viable business plan, outlining your vision and adequately describing the business or initiative. Two professors will review the business plan with you, helping you to polish it and strengthen weak areas. You will also attend workshops focused on the skills that entrepreneurs need.
TRAINING TO LAUNCH YOUR PLAN
External experts on marketing, finance, strategy and legal aspects will work with you on the next steps, according to your business plan’s needs. You will also have privileged advice and tutorship from retired CEOs and successful entrepreneurs, who will share their wealth of knowledge and insights from personal experience.
PITCH TO ANGEL INVESTORS
We bring angel investors to consider the business plans that pass the first two steps. You will then pitch your business plan and, if you are successful, investors will provide funding. IE University will also work with you on all the legal aspects of setting up your business.