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On 21st November 2019, ESCP Business School’s London Campus hosted the 7th edition of the Jean-Baptiste Say Entrepreneurship Festival in collaboration with the Blue Factory ESCP.

The festival is run as part of ESCP’s flagship Master in Management programme and takes place at five of our six European campuses. The purpose of the Entrepreneurship Festival is to connect students, alumni, entrepreneurs, investors and potential customers to enable an exchange of ideas and to learn from each other through innovative projects.

The Blue Factory is the School’s European incubator that supports founders - students and graduates - from ideation to the international development of their company.

Each project presented during the fair was the result of 12 weeks of teamwork by the Master in Management students who selected the Creativity Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship elective. The teams showcased their ventures at a simulation trade fair where customers, investors and other guests were able to discuss projects one-to-one and could test the first prototypes of products offered.

At the London Campus, the fair was followed by a pitching competition, during which each team had just five minutes to sell their venture to the audience and a jury of successful entrepreneurs and academics. 

While the results of the pitching competition were validated, we welcomed Paolo Facchetti, CEO of Dove.it as the event’s keynote speaker. A graduate of the Master in Management (Class of 2014) himself, Paolo shared his own valuable experience as an entrepreneur with those in attendance.

Three prizes were awarded to during the prize giving: 

  • Customer Prize: Re-Fabrics (fashion) - Shanshan Feng, Elena Galella, Alession Redeghieri and Beatrice Biazzo
  • Investor Prize: Bring Your Family (tech)
    Aparna Agrawal, Francesca Gatti, Marianne Bulot and Emilie Rotkopf
  • Industry Expert Prize: Playce (travel)
    Robert Johnson and Teresa Pasquini

Congratulations to all the winners, and all the students who took part in the competition. The jury members were exceptionally impressed by the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of our ever inventive students.

The Creativity Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship elective at ESCP Business School is led by Davide Sola, Professor of Strategy and Management. Prof. Sola said: 

“Entrepreneurial spirit and hard work, coupled with systematic breakthrough theories, produced again some great customer-centric innovations. I am very pleased with both the business outcomes and the learnings of the students’ group work.”

Photos from the event can be found here: https://escpeuro.pe/2E2yLzc
You can also have a look at last year’s festival here: https://youtu.be/FQk5huipl98

ESCP’s Master in Management is currently placed 5th worldwide by the Financial Times (2019).
Find out more: escpeurope.eu/mim