Social Innovation Cluster

Many Social Innovation initiatives are being launched by members of the IE community. This organic and natural interest of different people from different paths and areas speaks to our commitment as an organization. In order to leverage the knowledge and impact these initiatives produce, the IE CSR department in collaboration with the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation launched the IE Social Innovation Cluster, to which all students at IE Business School are invited to join.

The overall goal of this Cluster is to learn from the various activities that many members of the IE community are implementing in which they apply innovation to pursue positive social impact. Also, we facilitate collaboration and networking among those interested in the topic as well as promote their activities both internally and externally.

Hult Prize

The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good. In partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, the innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges. Student teams compete around the world for a chance to secure US$ 1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.

The Hult Prize focuses on the President’s Challenge – a challenge personally selected by President Bill Clinton.

We look for at least 10 teams of 3-4 people each to participate in this event at IE Business School and the winning team will be fast tracked to compete at one of the six Hult Prize regional finals events around the world bypassing the general application for San Francisco, Boston, London, Dubai, Shanghai, and a TBD 6th location.

To compete, please email the Campus Director on netimpact@ie.edu for more information.

IE’s Net Impact Chapter Speaker Series

Speaker series led by MBA students covering topics related to Corporate Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability. Past speakers include Arthur Dahl, Former Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the UNEP, Augusto Lopez Claros, Founder of EFD-Global Consulting Network, and Manuel Escudero, Head of the UN Global Compact Network, Maria Luque Calvo, Secretary and Executive Manager of Financieros sin Fronteras, Anna-Marie Harling, senior researcher for European Venture Philanthropy Association and Investment Manager for the Beyond Capital Fund, and Francisco Polo, founder of Actuable.es and Director of Change.org, among others. Around 6 conferences take place each year.

EcologIE

EcologIE is an arm of the Club that is focused on promoting environmental sustainability.  Previous achievements of the group have included IE campus using recycled printing paper and supporting Global Village with the supply of 100% recycled disposable materials. The team is conceptualizing opportunities to: save energy through an “Energy Saving Day” encouraging students to avoid elevators and take the stairs; sell reusable tote bags; and encourage waste reduction through a market day for outgoing students to sell unwanted items to incoming students.