Veronica Urbiola for IE Focus

2 March 2017

IE alum Lorena Bassas is one of the co-founders of Top Doctors®, a website that places patients in contact with leading health specialists. Top Doctors® uses a successful US business model that appeared over 20 years ago in response to a clear need, namely that of being able to find the best specialist when a person has a health problem. Top Doctors® is now a benchmark for private medicine on an international level. It works with some of the most renowned specialists in Europe, Latin America, and the US. Over a million users around the world visit the Top Doctors® site each month, and more than 10 million patients have used Top Doctors® to select a doctor in Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Mexico, Colombia, and the US.

Allison Rohe. Associate Director. IE Venture Lab Accelerator.

11 January 2017

There is still an enormous gap between the amount of funding given by risk capital funds to startups created by men and that given to startups created by women.

Diego Alcázar Benjumea. Vice President. IE Business School

30 July 2015

The Millennials are creating a major power hub for themselves. The achievements of these young digital natives, entrepreneurs and innovators are already shaping political and corporate landscapes.

Ricardo Pérez. Professor. IE Business School

21 July 2015

Startup incubators or accelerators, if they are well designed and executed, are the perfect way to bring companies’ future options forward into the present.  

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor, IE Business School

19 March 2015

Young people with temporary work contracts with no security, who are also required to make provision for pensions and paying a debt they played no part in creating, have been left abandoned by the massive hypocrisy of our system

 

Rafael Pampillón Professor. IE Business School and Universidad San Pablo CEU

23 February 2015

The incipient but increasing signs of economic recovery in Spain needs a clear commitment to R&D in order to consolidate and build on a strong industrial base

 

Manuel Bermejo Sánchez. Professor. IE Business School

18 February 2015

Llorente & Cuenca is a prime example of a company which has not only managed to weather the crisis, but has also managed to grow in such difficult times. This is because it has all the attributes of what I call a 5i Company

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. Business School

27 January 2015

While the eurozone, led by Spain, will exceed forecasts, the US will raise interest rates earlier than expected and China will give the world an unpleasant surprise, pushing the price of raw materials down even further.

Yolanda Regodón. Associate Director of Communications. IE Business School

25 July 2014

Sustainability is closely linked to durable materials that last and wear well. Such properties embody the origin and raison d’etre of luxury products, and the examples they set deserve a prize.

Joseph Pistrui. Professor. IE Business School

1 May 2014

What’s next? This is what the television industry should be asking itself as changes emerge in the sector, not only in technology but also in viewers’ habits.  

Elena Ortiz. Professor. IE Business School

1 May 2014

A recent study has revealed that in decisionmaking processes entrepreneurs are faster and more impulsive when it comes to analyzing information.

Paris de L'Etraz. Professor. IE Business School

2 January 2014

Internet and apps are revolutionizing the music industry by enabling young entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas in this sector.

IE Focus

28 November 2013

Gonzalo del Río, entrepreneur and alum of IE Business School’s International MBA, shares with us his experience of the launch de KITE Invest, a platform designed to serve private and public institutions and business organizations which seek to attract foreign investment to leverage their growth potential.

IE Focus

30 October 2013

Nazareno Mario Ciccarrello, entrepreneur and holder of an IE Business School International MBA, shares his experience at the helm of Functional Gums, the company that has launched Drivegum onto the market. Drivegum is the only mint-flavored chewing gum that contains caffeine, and is designed to sharpen concentration, and improve vigilance and wakefulness thanks to the effects of chewing and caffeine.  

IE Focus

31 January 2013

The Doctors, a company founded by IE Business School alumni Alberto Porciani and Lorena Bassas, serves as an interface between patients and top specialists. The Doctors is based on a successful US model which emerged over 20 years ago and which helps thousands of people each day to find the expert of medical center they need. 

IE Focus

28 November 2012

 
Colombian entrepreneur Natalia Londoño is an alum of IE Business School’s Master in Sales and Marketing Management. She is about to head the opening of a new Becara Franchise in Bogota, which will be the first step in the firm’s expansion into Latin America. Becara has been operating in the field of design, production and distribution of furniture and interior design items for 44 years, and is now present in over 40 cities worldwide that include Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, Pamplona, Murcia, Rome, Milan, Istanbul and Jeddah.

Manuel Bermejo. Professor. IE Business School

31 October 2012

 
From renegotiating a loan to extending the business abroad. Reputation plays a key role in family businesses in these troubled times.

Yolanda Regodón. Associate Director of Communications. IE Business School

1 September 2012

We have to stop thinking that entrepreneurship is a gender issue, and start viewing it as an opportunity to create jobs and economic growth.

Manuel Bermejo. Professor. IE Business School

14 October 2011

The European Union has undeniably brought many benefits to Spain, but it is also threatening the welfare state as we know it.

Manuel Bermejo. Professor. IE Business School

7 July 2011

Successful family businesses, like the best football teams of the moment, have long-term vision and defend solid values.

Juan José Güemes. Professor. IE Business School

12 May 2011

Entrepreneurial activity is key for creating jobs, and in Spain there has been a rise in the number of people who want to set up a business. But we need fiscal and bureaucratic change to make it happen.

Manuel Bermejo. Professor. IE Business School

12 May 2011

The number of women entrepreneurs is growing, and it is particularly noticeable in family business sector, where more and more women are taking over the reins of the family firm.

Manuel Bermejo. Professor. IE Business School

9 March 2011

One of the basic rules of managing people is that there is a direct correlation between talent and competitiveness. But retaining talent is becoming increasingly difficult in the current environment.

Pablo Martín de Holan. Professor. IE Business School

10 January 2011

Most firms either don´t see business opportunities, or see them and don´t act on them because they lack resources or don’t give their people the right incentives.

Juan José Güemes. President. International Center for Entrepreneurial Management. IE Business School

13 December 2010

Spain is one of the worst countries in the OCDE for setting up a business due to a lack of facilities and too much red tape. This is bad news for the entrepreneurial spirit.

Daniel Soriano. Professor. IE Business School

4 December 2009

Large companies are sometimes so focused on their traditional core business that they miss niche opportunities that would enable the firm to innovate and launch new projects.

Ignacio de la Vega. Professor. IE Business School

11 February 2009

One rescue plan after another, millions and millions pledged, screaming headlines... but the real solution to the economic crisis lies in granting immediate and effective aid to SMEs.

Manuel Bermejo. Professor. IE Business School

9 December 2008

The explanations offered by economists for the financial crisis only serve to understand how the whole house of cards fell down... but the earthquake that caused the collapse is a crisis of values that affects us all.

Cristina Cruz. Professor. IE Business School

6 November 2008

Peru is seeing an increase in wealth that brings many opportunities for family businesses, provided that they put their house in order.

Cristina Cruz. Professor. IE Business School

8 October 2008

The world has changed and family businesses must change with it if they are to avoid high mortality rates. But this transformation has to come from the top, from the company leader.

Ignacio de la Vega, Cristina Cruz, Alicia Coduras and Rachida Justo. Professors IE Business School

8 October 2008

Little by little, the Spanish are starting to see the importance of funding external business projects, although most will still only back friends and family when it comes to new business initiatives.

<a href="http://www.ie.edu/IE/php/en/profesores_medios_detalle.php?id=320">Ignacio de la Vega. Professor. IE Business School</a>

1 April 2008

Entrepreneurial activity plays a key role in any country’s economy. Hence, when the going gets as tough as it is at the moment, we should take great pains to keep it coming.

<a href="http://www.ie.edu/IE/php/en/profesores_medios_detalle.php?id=320">Ignacio de la Vega. Professor. IE Business School</a>

10 January 2008

Gloomy forecasts for the future are taking their toll as a lack of confidence in the economy translates into a drop in levels of entrepreneurial activity.

Manuel Bermejo. Professor. IE Business School

31 October 2007

There is much talk about family businesses which is all too often of the negative variety, when they have much to recommend them.

Ignacio de la Vega. Professor. IE Business School

27 September 2007

Slowly but surely the entrepreneurial spirit is taking root in Spain as it becomes a real professional alternative. But there is still one hurdle left, which is to improve the quality of Spain’s burgeoning start-ups.´

Cristina Cruz. Professor. IE Business School

7 September 2007

According to the GEM Project (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor), the most important international observatory in the world for entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial activity in Spain is developing slowly but positively, with around an average of 600,000 enterprises and/or businesses appearing each year.

Ignacio de la Vega. Professor. IE Business School

5 January 2007

Every year, many start-up companies fail. Here are some important ideas to keep in mind when launching a new company.

Cristina Cruz. Professor. IE Business School

28 November 2006

Fast-growing SMEs known as gazelles are vital to European efforts to meet the objectives of the Lisbon agenda. More effort should be made to convert small companies into swift-footed gazelles.

Pino Bethencourt. Professor. IE Business School

27 October 2006

Starting up your own company is always fraught with uncertainties, but nothing ever prepares you for just how difficult it is to get basic services from multinational companies.

Ignacio de la Vega. Professor. IE Business School

20 June 2006

Spain’s entrepreneurial activity, although increasing, has not reached the same levels as other European countries. What can be done to improve this situation?

Ignacio de la Vega. Professor. Instituto de Empresa

9 January 2006

Though innovation is the cornerstone of a successful business strategy, it has long been associated largely with Research & Development at large companies with big budgets and ample resources. But if small enterprises are to thrive, they must find new ways of encouraging innovation throughout their entire business.

IE Focus

23 November 2005

Madrid, November 22 2005. Students from 40 countries from IE's MBA and the International MBA programmes took part last 22 November in the final stages of the Imagination at Work competition, organised by IE and General Electric to promote the development of innovative projects in the American multinational.

IE Focus

28 June 2005

Continuing its series of initiatives to strengthen the culture of entrepreneurship, the Danish government will add a “Society with room for free initiative” program for students, to make pupils better informed on how to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.

IE Focus

1 February 2005

The State has always been eco-friendly But recent electricity problems and rising oil prices have focused Californians’ attention on “clean-tech.” Sustainable development and environment-friendly growth are much on the minds of investors and entrepreneurs, state-wide.

Ignacio de la Vega. Director Entrepreneurship Area. Instituto de Empresa

1 December 2004

Society today understands the phenomenon of the entrepreneur and its impact on a national or regional macroeconomy much better than 25 years ago.

Paz Ambrosy. Professor at Instituto de Empresa

18 October 2004

A look at personal assets consultancy, which has been a high-growth sector in recent years.

Ignacio de la Vega. Director Entrepreneurship Area. Instituto de Empresa

21 September 2004

The business angel is a vital figure on our economic scene, and an active member of the business community.

IE Focus

22 April 2004

As part of a government action plan, Denmark’s Ministry of Education has set up a panel for innovation and entrepreneurship in education.

Martin Varsavsky. Professor. Instituto de Empresa

23 March 2004

To introduce his Entrepreneurship students at Instituto de Empresa to the business world, Prof. Varsavsky decided to change the methodology of his course. He turned it into a simulation game in which students became both entrepreneurs and investors.

Alvaro Sancho. Professor. Instituto de Empresa

23 December 2003

Importing successful ideas from other countries is a classic formula for entrepreneurs. How often on holidays or business trips have we asked ourselves, “Why hasn’t this been adopted in Spain? It would surely work.”

Joshua Jampol

22 April 2003

A Gallic industrial icon disappeared last month when Jean-Luc Largardère died on 14 March, age 75. Largardère was one of the most multi-faceted empire-builders France has seen in the last 50 years.

Joshua Jampol. Journalist

28 March 2003

Europeans have distinctly different attitudes when it comes to entrepreneurship.

Joshua Jampol. Journalist

26 March 2003

Here’s a business case you’d be hard put to find a label for. It’s part turnaround, part startup, part organic growth. Perhaps “start-through” would fit, explains Joshua Jampol.

Joshua Jampol. Journalist

21 March 2003

New laws under review in France may change the state of direct capital investment in small and medium businesses, and offer investors more fiscal advantages, explains Joshua Jampol.

Ignacio de la Vega

29 January 2003

Enterprise creation is a process, whether it involves an individual or a corporate entrepreneur. The author dissects this process into four elements: entrepreneur, idea, viability analysis and resources.

Ignacio de la Vega

23 January 2003

Despite a tough economic situation, indicators say that creating companies in Spain is not as difficult as it seems. While Spain has traditionally been a tight market for bankrolling business projects, things appear to be changing. The author concludes that opportunities exist for entrepreneurs; their success or failure hinging on what they can offer the market.

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