Innovation is transforming the world around us: how we travel, work, and interact with one another – and even how we learn and teach.
With this in mind, ESADE has designed a new learning ecosystem made up of six learning labs. This project confirms the institution’s commitment to reinventing its learning model by responding to new demands and future challenges. The best way to learn is by experiencing the reality of companies and organisations first-hand.
Where education meets innovation
Student First in essence
The Rambla of Innovation on ESADE’s campus brings together six learning labs that combine education with innovation and experimentation. It is a circular path that runs from the conception of a new idea (Fusion Point), to researching and testing the feasibility of the idea (Decision Lab), to the manufacture of prototypes (Fab Lab), to the definition of a business model (EGarage and Finance Lab), and finally to the creation and implementation of a company (EWorks). It is an ecosystem with neither a beginning nor an end.
Spaces at the Rambla of Innovation
Where Innovation Begins
Fusion Point brings together business and law students from ESADE, engineering students from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and design students from the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED). It works like a laboratory. Real challenges lead to the development of new products, services and processes through the application of innovative methodologies such as Design Thinking.
Decision Lab is an experimental laboratory for innovative research in a diverse range of fields, including consumer behaviour, behavioural economics, decision-making analysis, social entrepreneurship and more. The facilities include rooms for experimental studies (questionnaires, tests, computer simulations) and observational studies focusing on aspects such as user behaviour, group work, interaction and negotiation.
The first fab lab was created in 2001 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Today, this network of local laboratories stretches across the globe, fostering creativity and innovation by providing digital manufacturing tools. Fab Lab Sant Cugat is an open digital manufacturing laboratory featuring advanced technology such as laser cutters, 3D printers, milling machines and an electronics laboratory for experimenting and transforming ideas into real, tangible products.
EGarage, sponsored by Santander Universidades, is the place where ideas flow – the perfect space for fostering students’ entrepreneurial initiative. Infused with innovation, this space contains all the necessary resources for sharing ideas about new business opportunities.
Let’s get down to business! EWorks is a workplace for entrepreneurs who already have a clear plan and want to start putting it into practice. We support and guide new business initiatives through meetings with founders, acceleration programmes and co-working spaces.
Finance Lab is a technologically advanced learning laboratory for students interested in data intensive financial analysis. Students will have full access to worldwide financial data provided by Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters Eikon, Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) and SDC Platinum. In a space equipped with all the technology and software used by professionals of the financial sector, students will experiment with real data and they will learn the tasks required to become an investment banker or a financial analyst.