Real World Challenges

Put all your business knowledge into practice and go beyond the typical case study and the classroom to new challenges. Several options to implement your ideas in a corporate setting and work with multidisciplinary teams on exciting real-life projects.


Working with companies based on our very own innovative campus, students can use their newly-acquired knowledge in solving business challenges for startup companies.

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Challenge-Based Innovation

A project in collaboration with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The world’s most advanced technology, ESADE MBAs, engineers and designers come together to unearth and solve social issues, to make a real impact on society.

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Hult Prize

The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition for social good. The annual, year-long competition crowd-sources ideas from MBA and MSc students after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education. The Hult family donates US$ 1 million in seed capital to help the winning team launch a social enterprise. The Prize is a partnership between Hult International Business School and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Bill Clinton selects the challenge topic and announces the winner each September.

ESADE is the only institution to reach the final round of the Hult Prize three years in a row and we hope to reach it again.


C4BI – Creativity for Business Innovation

ESADE has joined forces with world-famous chef Ferran Adrià’s ElBulliFoundation, – which fosters innovation through ElBulliLab to promote a management tool that can help businesses increase their efficiency and creative longevity through innovation. The aim of this pioneering agreement is to apply creative process auditing, a groundbreaking method developed at ElBulli, to implement in business environments. The first year has been a resounding success, with several MBA and MSc teams pitching their proposals to a board of ESADE experts and Adrià himself on our Sant Cugat Campus.


Follow the process from start to finish with this Storify feed and this video:

Other Case competitions

Take part in competitions relating to a business area that interests you, putting your knowledge into practice in real business challenges faced by companies. Invaluable teamwork, putting your project management and consultancy skills to good use!

Some examples of case competitions: 

Private Equity Case
Competition in Rotterdam
   Sports Business Case   
   in Germany   
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