Henry Chesbrough is a Professor at ESADE and father of the term ‘open innovation’, one of the concepts behind the creation of ESADE Creapolis. He is currently Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.His research topics include: innovation in organisations; the structuring and management of research and its development; management of intellectual property; technology based on benefits of venture capital companies; the comparative evolution of high-tech industries in the United States, Japan and Western Europe.
Entrepreneurship in Spain: Impossible Mission?
When she decided to drop out of high school, aged thirteen, she never imagined that she would one day go back into education with such enthusiasm. After completing her training (in the metal industry) and working as an apprentice at the CASA factory (EADS) in Getafe, where she spent over eight years, she realised the importance of an education in terms of accessing a world full of opportunities. Awarded the Extraordinary Doctorate Prize for her PhD in Economics and Business Administration, she is Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance and Director of the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute. She is currently researching the impact that an early education in entrepreneurship has on the attitudes of children and teachers. She is Project Co-ordinator for the Entrepreneurship White Paper, presently being drafted by Fundación Príncipe de Girona.
The Journey of an Idea
At age 17, he joined Marc Cercós in founding eyeOS, an operating system based on cloud computing, which allows users to upload and access files and applications from any Internet-connected device. Despite obstacles and lack of support from the sector, both young men’s hard work and tenacity enabled them to succeed in pushing the project forward: eyeOS received the 2009 National Award for Communications (Spain) for its innovative features and multiple applications in the education sector; IBM has also built this system into its cloud-computing strategy for large companies and public administrations. In 2011, Pau Garcia-Milà published the book Está todo por hacer. Cuando el mundo se derrumbe, hazte emprendedor. He received the IMPULSA Empresa Award in 2010. En 2010, recibió el Premio IMPULSA Empresa.
Companies that Thrive
Enric Segarra, Lecturer in the Department of Operations Management and Innovation at ESADE Business School since 1996, attained his degree in Business Science and his MBA from ESADE. He also holds a degree in Business Administration from UPC and is certified by Harvard Business School as a learning facilitator, focusing on the case method. He started his professional career as Product Manager in a high street bank (BBVA Group). He then went on to work for Hewlett Packard in the departments of Production, Logistics and Finance, lending support to New Product Development (NPD) and Marketing. He later became Director General of Geraplant Associats, during which time he was also a member of the Governing Board of CORMA SCCL. For over eight years he held the position of Director of the Professional Master’s Operations Programme at ESADE, and more recently was Director of Leadership Development Programmes within the Executive Education Unit. He has also taught in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Portugal, Lithuania, Malaysia, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has recently served as Visiting Professor at the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena (USA), where he worked on applying Design Thinking as an innovation engine.
To be or not to be
Executive Director of Corporate Development at ESADE Executive Education. Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing Management at ESADE. PhD in Marketing. Together with his team at ESADE, he has developed his own marketing model from the perspective of managing the risk-return pairing. He has authored articles and books on financial themes (Crisis, mentiras y grandes oportunidades and En efectivo o con tarjeta).
He co-hosts a weekly radio programme on RAC1 on current issues and the markets, and a webTV programme at http://www.lideratv.com.
He is founder and partner of Ecoveritas SA (organic supermarket), Fav24 (multimedia conents), TicketBureau (ticketing agency), Budget Hotels (Hoteles Praktik), Inveready (investment funds in biotechnology and renewable energies), Scanner Security (alarms), SIMER (real estate), La Reposada (Bakeries), Divino Villas Spain & France (holiday villa website), and Member of the Board of Directors of ESADECREAPOLIS.
He has been President of the ESADE Alumni Business Angels Club, board member of Creafutur and judge on the TV programme, Emprenedors, broadcast on TV3.
Creativity Lost? Computers and the Crisis in Creative Work
Jonathan Wareham is Professor of Information Systems at ESADE-Ramon Llull University. Dr Wareham’s research has been published, or is forthcoming, in over 80 refereed journals and proceedings such as MIS Quarterly, Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Computer, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, International Journal of Medical Informatics and numerous others. He currently serves as Vice-Dean of Research at ESADE, is Director of ESADE’s Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Management, and also sits on various editorial and advisory boards for a number of academic journals, institutions, NGOs and social entrepreneurs. Additional information can be found at http://is.esade.edu/faculty/wareham.
Entrepreneurs and innovation: The myth of the idea
Fernando Trias de Bes
Born in Barcelona in 1967, he studied Business Administration and an MBA at ESADE and the University of Michigan. His area of expertise is Marketing and Innovation, which he lectures on at ESADE. However, for several years, he has spent most of his time writing essays and fiction. Translated into over 30 languages, he is author of 11 books, including Marketing lateral (2003), La buena suerte (2004), El vendedor de tiempo (2005), El libro negro del emprendedor (2007) and El hombre que cambió su casa por un tulipán (2009) and Winning at Innovation: The A-F Model (2011), recently published in collaboration with Philip Kotler, who he also worked with on Marketing lateral.
She is currently pursuing her degree and MSc in Business Administration at ESADE Business School in Spain. She was born in Israel and speaks five languages. She is a passionate young entrepreneur interested in high-tech start-ups and the financial world. Full of energy, dedication and strong values, Eden quickly proved to be a leader and was elected E3 President. Before becoming President of the Entrepreneurs’ Association, Eden was an active organiser of ESADE’s Finance and Economy Group and formed part of the ESADE Sport Club as a volunteer co-ordinator. She helped organise the Private Equity and Venture Capital event (PEVC) and took part in the first edition of Tetuan Valley, Barcelona, an early-stage start-up school & accelerator. Eden was recently elected to represent ESADE at the three-day NACUE National Leaders’ Training Conference in London, UK, where young leaders from over 80 entrepreneurial clubs from all over the UK and Europe came together to exchange best practices, insights and inspiration.
He is currently pursuing a five-year Combined Undergraduate and Master in Management at ESADE Business School in Spain. As of July 2011, he will attend the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University in the US. During his internships, he has gained experience in a wide range of functions including economic and business development, corporate finance, IT incubation and strategy consulting for start-ups, building a broad set of skills in strategy development, marketing and finance. He has also worked intensively and built up communication skills in the UK, US, Spain and India, becoming competent in different sectors and functioning in multi-cultural environments. He is President of Kairos Society in Spain and co-founder of GIVE (Global Innovation Village) in India.
She is presently pursuing a five year combined undergraduate and master in Management as well as a Master in International Management (CEMS) at Esade Business School as home university and Richard Ivey School of Business In London Ontario (Canada) as a host university. Since July 2011 she will be taking part in a Summer Program for 3 months in Asia promoted by the “National Science Council of Taiwan” and the “Bureau de representation de Taipei en France” in order to complete a research on Mobile Business in Asia. Afterwards, she will be working for Google as an Online Media Associate in Dublin (EU headquarters). Over the years her internships have been focused on rapid growing technological industries and entrepreneurial activities and has worked all over Europe and the UK. She is currently a co-founder of a non-profit initiative with Partners from Bulgaria called Union E3 to gather all Spanish entrepreneurial associations together. Also, she is developing her own Business plan to create an entrepreneurial crowdfunding platform. She is nowadays one of the representatives of Spain in iCue.
Marc is finishing his fifth and final year of the Undergraduate degree and Master in Management at ESADE Business School. He has always had a passion for new technologies, entrepreneurship and education. His dream is to have a positive impact on the world by combining these three elements. He has experience in sales, designing and implementing business intelligence programmes, corporate development strategies and ICT systems in general. He has taken part in several projects in Japan and Hong Kong, and does not rule out living and working in the region in the future. In addition to his strictly academic accomplishments, Marc has completed professional music studies in Barcelona (majoring in saxophone) and devotes quite a lot of his time to managing his own stock portfolio. He is co-founder of the E3 Initiative organised by ESADE’s Entrepreneurship Club and is currently involved in founding E3 Union, the Spanish association of entrepreneurship clubs.