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Welcome to

Leading Futures


exploring innovation in Smart Cities

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Leading Futures Innovation Conference

Leading Futures is an Innovation Conference and Case Competition run by students from the ESADE MBA. The main event takes place at ESADE’s campus in Barcelona, and explores the theme of disruptive innovation through the lens of a given industry… this year it was Smart Cities.

Leading Futures 2019 was sponsored by Technology and Digital Transformation Consultancy: Minsait; and leading MBA school: ESADE University, and was also supported by various other partner companies.

The event began on February 28th, where the six finalist case competitor teams, from Cranfield University; IE Business School; HEC Paris; and ESADE Business School, came to partake in a day of learning and training with partner companies.

Most notable partners were Innovation Consultancy Insitum, who gave our finalists a Business Model Workshop, and helped them think about their own venture through the perspective of the business model canvas; and also VC and Accelerator InnoEnergy, who put our finalists through their paces by putting their business model and pitch through a “stress test” that delivered invaluable advice to our teams before the big day.


The Conference

On March 1st, attendees enjoy workshops, keynotes and panel discussions along the theme of Smart Cities and Innovation, alongside case competition finalist pitches and networking coffees, drinks and lunch.

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Workshops and keynotes

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Leading Futures 2019 partnered with some great Innovation Hubs and Consultancies that shared their expertise with us through interactive workshops that delivered hands on training in innovation and entrepreneurial practice.

The event also featured insightful talks from experts within the fields of Smart Cities and Innovation from within both the Public and Private sector.

Case Competition finals

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Nearly 30 teams from 10 MBA schools worked hard to deliver their solutions to a Smart Mobility case challenge written especially for Leading Futures with corporate sponsor Minsait. Teams assumed the role of Minsait’s intrapreneurship leaders in order to pave Minsait’s way into the Smart Mobility world. During the event, we saw the six finalist teams give their final pitches to a panel of judges with team Moovify from ESADE crowned the winner of a cash prize of €2000.

Our Sponsor

Minsait, by Indra, is the leading Digital Transformation and Technology firm in Spain and Latin America. A leader of innovation in the digital world, Minsait offers high-impact value propositions, based on end-to-end solutions, with a remarkable degree of segmentation, which enables it to achieve tangible impacts for its customers in each industry with a transformational focus.

Minsait´s work in the Smart Cities world encompasses areas such as Smart Mobility, Smart Energy, Urban Management, Connected Citizens and beyond.


Our Partners



InnoEnergy is the innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe. They support and invest in innovation at every stage of the journey, by bringing together key partners and education around innovation projects.

InnoEnergy’s Barcelona team put our finalist teams through a Business Model Stress Test to help prepare their pitch. InnoEnergy’s Josep-Miquel Torregrosa made part of the judging panel, whilst Rita Pape led two Market Validation Masterclasses for event attendees.

INSITUM is a global strategic innovation consulting firm with specialisation in solving complex and ambiguous problems by creating human-centred products, services, brands and experiences, through a deep understanding of human behaviour.

Partner and EU Director Yoel Lenti delivered a Business Model Refinement workshop to our finalist case competition teams and also made a part of our judging panel.


Tataj Innovation

Tataj Innovation is an R&D firm helping companies to innovate through Network Thinking™. Helping leaders learn how to work in networks is part of the transition to digital. CEO Daria Tataj has experience advising companies cities and even countries.

Dr. Tataj provided two interactive workshops for conference attendees on the subject of her new innovation framework NetworkThinking™ and also took part in a panel discussion on city innovation..

Panel Discussion


Leading Futures featured an in-depth panel discussion on the theme of Smart Cities Innovation with representatives from the Public and Private sector, giving attendees insight into the initiatives and challenges faced as cities embrace technology and move into the Digital Era.


  • Dr. Daria Tataj (Tataj Innovation),

  • Yoel Lenti (Insitum),

  • Eduardo Martinez (Minsait)

  • Jordi Ortuño (City Hall of Barcelona),

  • Esteve Almirall (ESADE Business School)


March 1st, 2019


08:30 - 18:30


Avinguda de la Torre Blanca, 57,
Sant Cugat del Vallès,
Barcelona, 08172


A unique opportunity to discover new ideas and find new partners for your journey
— Adrià Batlle, Innocells - Director of Venture Building