Community In The Time Of Covid

September 2, 2021

Qbeast turned one year old, and what a year it has been.

Yes, you read that right. We decided to start a company in 2020, in the middle of a pandemic. Call us crazy, but with patience and determination anything is possible. Qbeast stands today because of the hard work of all the employees, and as a company we show our people how much we appreciate them.

We always look for new ways to bring our people together, through having fun, through learning, and through trusting each other. Giving people the ability to interact during the pandemic has been a challenge that as a company we have met and succeeded through frequent video meetings. These calls created fun and lasting memories while at the same time working toward a common goal together.

But after being holed up inside for months, away from co-workers and others, our first attempt was attending the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. As part of the 4YFN we had a booth with Barcelona Activa and with Banco Sabadell Bstartup. After all, people miss networking and seeing each other, and if there is enough support in attending an event being held as safely as possible in person, then why not try?

But how do you promote that team spirit when everyone is remote you ask? Last month we organized a virtual team building event with the help of our friends from Let’s Cook, a meal kit service in Barcelona, where you select a meal plan, receive the recipes and exact ingredients at your doorstep, and prepare your meals with step-by-step instructions and videos.

We all connected virtually in order to cook together and then enjoy a homemade lunch offered by Qbeast. This was an opportunity for the team to socialize and just enjoy having some fun. Of course, for some of us the vietnamese rolls we prepared looked more like ping pong balls in the end, but still delicious!

With vaccines rolling out, companies project that things will be getting somewhat back to normal by this fall. Being social is human nature, and people will always crave that face-to-face contact for personal connections.

Through all of this, we should not lose the importance of human connection. Our workplace is more than getting the job done. It is also a place to feed the soul, nurture relationships and create opportunities for people to engage and interact.

Zoom, Google Meets, etc., have been an invaluable tool to help the world continue to communicate. Ultimately, it is the human connection that will get us through this pandemic and sustain us as we collectively build the new normal in our workplaces.

Team building is a celebration, and we will continue to celebrate together.

Qbeast taking part in IESE’s MBA BTTG program

Monday, March 01, 2021

Qbeast was chosen to participate in the Barcelona Technology Transfer Group (BTTG) program, an initiative of IESE Business School that MBA students introduced in 2016. According to The Economist’s WhichMBA? 2021 Full-Time List, IESE’s MBA program has been ranked as the best MBA program in the world.

BTTG’s objective is to create a platform that connects inventors from research and development labs with the business acumen and talent they need in order to bring their product successfully to market.

The goal of the program is to help promote the market entry of creative new technologies, giving the greatest potential for sustainable growth and therefore have a positive impact on society and technological development. It also gives MBA students a first-hand experience of working in a start-up environment that offers invaluable training experience and facilitates relationships between IESE, it’s MBA students and the local startup ecosystem.

The program is a three-month collaboration between Qbeast and an IESE appointed team, including a group of five MBA students who provide the company with quality work while producing several ideas, and a project leader responsible for task planning and project management. The students partner up with the Qbeast team to assist with the business strategy, define market fit and segmentation and determine suitable commercialization models and sales channels.

“The idea: put scientists and MBA students in a room together, and see what happens. The answer has been that a lot happens.” said Luca Venza, founder of the BTTG and Director of Technology Innovation, Transfer and Acceleration, IESE. “The program is proof that business and science can coexist successfully, if the conditions are right and the mutual respect is there.”

For further information on BTTG, please visit the BTTG website.

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