The EDEN Fund is the first student-created and student-run investment fund in Spain. It replicates the inner workings of a real fund—like any fund on Wall Street—with the objective of educating passionate students through one simple method: giving them responsibility.
EDEN is the brainchild of students Carlo Masera and Santiago Quintana, who got their inspiration from their experience in the IE Investment Club. The goal of EDEN is for the IE Investment Club to make the switch from virtual investing to holding €500,000 in assets under management by 2030.
The purpose of EDEN is not to make money, but to create a venture that will yield the highest possible practical value for members and stakeholders—especially the IE University Community.
It all started with the IE Investment Club.
Students Carlo Masera and Santaigo Quintana, both founding members of the club, realized that there was strong demand from IE University students to learn practical skills in financial literacy. EDEN was a logical step to support this demand for learning.
The EDEN Fund invests in the public financial market. It currently has holdings in the sectors of semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and life sciences, and metals and mining, remaining invested in broad industries. EDEN’s financial analysts are responsible for making and valuing these investments, as well as making three stock pitches each month.
The fund is made up of various departments. The macroeconomic department provides regular and informative updates on the economy, while the investor relations department is responsible for managing advisory board relationships, creating new ones and expanding EDEN’s stakeholder network. Finally the marketing department focuses on developing, creating and distributing the EDEN brand across the IE University community—and the entire globe.
Carlo and Santiago have always believed that investing is for everyone. For them, in today’s macroeconomic and political environment, it’s an essential skill. With the population aging, future financial stability is uncertain, especially for young people. That’s why EDEN encourages individuals to take control of their financial stability and learn to grow their wealth.
EDEN provides IE University students the benefits of real fund experience, cultivating practical knowledge in finance, and enjoying an unmatched and exciting extracurricular university experience. Students who participate in EDEN come from all backgrounds, countries and experiences, but they all share one thing: passion. They’re passionate about the project, about learning and about trying things that take them beyond their comfort zones.
IE University’s resources were vital in getting EDEN up and running—firstly, because of the network. The amazing community of motivated students was the only way a project like EDEN could even get off the ground. Secondly, IE University’s inspirational leaders played a fundamental role (Carlo and Santiago particularly mention Antonio de Castro Carpeño, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, and María Bravo, Campus Life Coordinator). These individuals supported the students and this project from day one. The founders insist that without the help, dedication and support of these individuals, and others like Canadian startup founder and mentor Gonzalo Tudela, EDEN would never have flourished.