“Your Network is your net worth.” Living abroad can be challenging and one of the things that always seems to slip Madrid bloggers/influencers mind is emphasizing the power of networking. Madrid can be a wonderful place to network on a global level. Millions of people from around the world call Madrid! The business world in Madrid is diverse, especially the startup space.
As an English Teacher, complacency in Madrid is a real thing, don’t let it happen to you. There is a global startup space that’s not only hungry for innovation but hungry for your unique perspective! It’s in your best interest to make the most of your time you’re in Madrid, both, personally AND professionally.
Some of the top places to network are Google Campus, IE Business School and Bridge for Billions. All of these entities offer great networking opportunities for people interested in starting businesses or if you have a keen interest validating their business ideas. The reason these places could be important because it could lead to genuine relationships that could eventually lead to other opportunities. There are so many possibilities and they’re all within your reach. Let’s dive into this info!
At the top of the list we have Google Campus! Google Campus really needs no introduction! It is one of the top places on the list from networking. The great thing about Google Campus in Madrid is that becoming a member is free. By becoming a member, all events are free (Unless specified but normally ALL free).
Google Campus not only offers free memberships but Free wifi and an opportunity to collaborate with some of Madrid’s most entrepreneurial minds. The campus also sells fresh coffee and healthy food options.
In the spirit of entrepreneurship, Google Campus has a residency program for entrepreneurs that brings growth-stage startups the best of Google’s productions, connections and practices. The startup is able to have a free workspace and an invaluable tailored mentorship.
Are you eager to pitch your startup to a resident at Google Campus? Google Campus offers their “Pitch to a Resident” program that allows the member to get feedback on their project from an experienced entrepreneur that has been through the process before, after all there’s nothing like information from someone who has actually been through the process.
Don’t miss any event at Google Campus because you never know who you could meet. Google Campus is famous for bringing speakers including successful entrepreneurs, industry leaders, venture capitalist and artist to speak at the Campus and share their insight and experience. This is a great way for you to break into a new industry or network with professionals who are in positions that you would like to one day be in.
IE Business School is the topped ranked school in Europe and for a great reason. IE is ranked number 6 in the world with it’s Master’s in Management. The University has it’s own Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation called Area 31. Area 31 was designed to provide visionaries a space to develop and nurture their ideas! The Center offers programs such as the accelerate program. Building Business from Science and Technology is a blended program that aids science and technology specialists to unlock their entrepreneurial potential.
Venture Capital Program: The program provides insight into the venture capital deal cycle and all its critical elements. Sharpen your analytical and decision-making skills to expertly navigate this opportunity-laden industry
The school hosts several meetups for entrepreneurs and a lot of the events, you don’t even have to be a student! Who knows, you may enjoy the entrepreneurial energy and structure of the curriculum that you may be a student one day!
Bridge for Billions is an online incubator program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs from around the world develop their projects. An incubator program helps businesses develop. B4B offers a program based on three pillars: a top-notch methodology, the support of a personal mentor, and an international community of entrepreneurs with whom share experience.
If you’re an entrepreneur and you’ve developed an idea, need clarity to define what’s next and you want access to resources from experts, then this program is for you. The best part? The 90-day incubator program is 100% online.
Bridge for Billions hosts a new cohort every month! Don’t miss your opportunity to turn that idea into something special!
Also, no one tells you this but I’m going to give you a little inside scoop! Check out Feria de Madrid’s website for ALL of the important events in Madrid https://www.ifema.es/en. This event spaces boasts some of the most global/innovative industry events in Madrid! From events in digital marketing, education, healthcare, the list goes on! If you’re ready to play hardball, check the events out and get your foot in the door!
Let’s face it, Madrid is a powerful place to network. There is great potential for growth in tourism, ed tech and entertainment. There has been a surge of startups around Spain and you could be someone’s ideal employee or someone’s ideal boss, if you play your cards right and get out there to be seen! Go forth and prosper in the Madrid startup world!