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SLU-Madrid's Hub for Student Startups

by Isaiah Voss

The Entrepreneurship Club welcomed Chaifetz School of Business Dean Barnali Gupta to its culture of regional networking and international outreach.

Founded in 2021 by Nico Bermúdez ('22) and Miriam Santabarbara ('22), SLU-Madrid’s Entrepreneurship Club connects students with professionals to discover and organize business ideas into concrete projects — then seek out investors and market their products.

Dr. Gupta and Dr. Moreno with student participants.
Dr. Barnali Gupta and Dr. Gonzalo Moreno with student participants. Submitted photo.


The club showcased some of its early success stories to Dr. Gupta during her first visit to SLU-Madrid.

The event, organized by student leaders, Rebecca Chang-Martínez and Osama Khayat, along with faculty mentor Gonzalo Moreno, Ph.D. (Marketing), took place over cocktails on the rooftop of San Ignacio Hall. SLU-Madrid Provost Michael Lewis, Ph.D., was also in attendance.

The Entrepreneurship Club was launched as an "incubator," a space where students — from diverse backgrounds and across majors — could foster their business ideas alongside professionals. "Entrepreneurship should not limit itself to business students," said Dr. Moreno. "The idea is that someone who studies medicine can develop business skills related to medicine." 

Since its founding, the club has held brainstorming sessions, delivered workshops and invited distinguished speakers to address SLU-Madrid's internationally diverse community, including Gour Saraff, the former president of Madrid's Indian Chamber of Commerce, and Álvaro Andrade, director of innovation at ALSA, a leading operator in the Spanish road passenger-transport sector. 

The networking cocktail session with Dr. Gupta and Dr. Lewis was an occasion during which club members shared their ambitions and newest projects. It was also an opportunity to learn about new tools available to the Club from the Chaifetz School of Business in the U.S. from Dr. Gupta. 

Find out more about the SLU-Madrid's Entrepreneurship Club as well as the University's majors in Economics, International Business and Marketing.