This week we were at the 2017 edition of ZEST Malta, the leading high-tech start-up event in Malta.

As part of our participation we had IE professor and Director of the Owner’s Scale Up Program (OSP) Joe Haslam speak at Day 1 of the conference, on the topic of Scaling Up.  Joe was also featured in an interview with the Times of Malta, and IE had a meeting point to speak with conference attendees and candidates interested in IE programs, at Zest.  After Day 2 of the conference, an offsite full-length version of Joe’s talk was hosted at the Hilton for a group of 30 professionals and entrepreneurs.

Participating in events like Zest Malta is part of IE’s broader strategy to engaging with start-up/venture creation ecosystems across Europe, as a top-ranked school that has a market emphasis on helping ambitious professionals start and grow successful new businesses.

We were lucky to have another IE professor, Nicola Gatti, join us too, as well as fellow alumni and candidates that are currently applying to an IE master program.  Check out our interview with Alberto Hormigo, General Manager at Kempinski Hotels, which we completed at the conference as well.

Founded by entrepreneurs in 1973, IE Business School has had an academic department dedicated to Entrepreneurship research since 1973 and has made Entrepreneurship a core part of our curriculum since the inception of our MBA program.  Today IE not only requires all student to complete a business plan by graduation, we also have an on-campus accelerator and incubator, host Venture Day events in Madrid and internationally on an annual basis, but since the inaugural intake of 2017, we also are actively investing resources in developing innovative companies who are helping evolve higher education through our IE Rockets project.