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This EMBA Launched A Big Data Startup At ESADE — Now He's One Of Spain's Top-10 Innovators

B-school venture Made of Genes scoops award from The MIT Technology Review

Mon Oct 17 2016

An ESADE EMBA has been named one of Spain’s top-ten innovators under the age of 35, in an award whose past global winners include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the entrepreneurs behind companies such as Paypal and Uber.

Oscar Flores co-founded Made of Genes with his former ESADE EMBA classmate Miquel Bru.

The MIT Technology Review, a leading journal in the tech and innovation field, draws up a list of 300 the world’s most talented entrepreneurs under 35 each year.

The judging panel has two criteria in whittling down the list to 10 winners: Individual talent, and the project’s scope for changing society.

Made of Genes created a pioneering world model for DNA analysis that does away with the need to sequence the same genome twice for two different tests.

The Spain-based company has just concluded a funding round of €500,000 and is currently undertaking international expansion.

Oscar, who holds a PhD in biomedicine, met his co-founder and began work on the venture during ESADE’s EMBA program in Barcelona.

“Despite my scientific and technical background as a computing engineer and researcher at IRB Barcelona, I have always been attracted by the world of business. The training I was given at ESADE was vital for making this project a success,” Oscar says.

Miquel added: “This project began in ESADE classes as just another MBA assignment. But it was the ESADE project validation and methodology that told us that we could turn our dream into a reality.”

The pair illustrate the strength of the entrepreneurial ecosystem at ESADE, and the growth in number of executives who are using b-school to launch their own ventures. The business school is home to ESADECREAPOLIS, an innovation ecosystem for students and companies, and EGarage, a space designed for the cultivation of new start-ups.

In June, ESADE was ranked third in Europe for entrepreneurship by the FT.

“Since our founding over 50 years ago, entrepreneurship has always been in our DNA,” says Luisa Alemany, director general of the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute.

“In the programs that we teach, in our research, and in all of our activities to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem, we strive to go as far as possible by creating networks of collaboration. Making the global top 10 encourages us to keep doing what we love every single day.”

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