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Wednesday 14 May 2014

The 7th ESCP Europe Regatta is ready to leave from Punta Ala harbour

'Internationality' is the keyword of the 7th ESCP Europe Regatta. From the 15th - 18th May, 500 members of the ESCP Europe Business School community (from 45 countries) will join in the School's biggest ever regatta: 50 boats on the Tuscan sea at Punta Ala, near Castiglione della Pescaia, recently named the most international town for sport; a good match for the very international ESCP Europe.

The regatta has grown over the years, doubling in size and always maintaining an innovative edge, creating a host of ways to engage participants, including the 'Social Game' team-building activity organised in the past by Boston Consulting Group and this year by Linking Talents, Germany.  The new location takes the event away from the Gulf of Naples to the stylish Punta Ala Yacht Club.

Key sponsors of the event remain the companies the Torino campus works closely with: Fererro's Nutella, celebrating its 50th anniversary at the event, Lavazza and Martini: the Martini Racing Cup will launch the event with a five-boat race, one for each of ESCP Europe's five campuses, taking inspiration from the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

As ever, students, staff, professors, alumni and corporate partners of ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in the world, will be the main players in a glamorous event organised in perfect ESCP Europe style by the Torino campus and the e-Ventures student society.

Edouard Husson, Dean of ESCP Europe, says: "The Regatta is a key annual event for ESCP Europe; it connects students from all our five campuses and provides them with a great opportunity to meet hundreds of companies in a social and informal setting. The Regatta truly reflects who we are and the values we stand for: a European Business School that is the embodiment of sharing and competing, surpassing ourselves and striving continuously for improvement."

The event is supported by the General Director of Torino campus, Prof. Francesco Rattalino: "The success of this edition is engaging. The Regatta began as a fun event and has become an exciting annual date in the diaries of people across the whole ESCP Europe network.

"It's a model of sports management, adaptable to the work environment: the winning boats are captained by leaders who are able to set clear objectives to motivate their  teams of sailors to achieve their best. Just like at sea, in a company maps and compasses are required to steer decisions and operations, but these tools are useless if you are not able to manage them well. Business schools, like great naval academies, carry out the task of shaping captains who are able to navigate in the turbulent waters of international markets.

"Adding to this, we have the strengths of ESCP Europe's broad international culture and that goes beyond its solid and unique European identity."

A new era for the ESCP Europe Regatta begins at the Punta Ala Yacht Club, a world-class sailing location, home of the famous Luna Rossa Challenge boat, branded Prada, which gained glory for Italy in the famous Americas Cup in 1999, and won the Louis Vuitton Cup in 2000.

Over the course of four days of sports, participants will join in the Social Game which will cement the collaboration from last year with start-up incubator Linking Talents. Effort, wit and curiosity are some of the qualities required to impress not only the judges of the Social Game, but also the sponsors.

In the programme, there is also the traditional 'White' Gala, organised around the closing ceremony on Saturday, and the B2B happy hour, designed to boost professional collaborations. Bonding the entire event is the strength and support of the network, an important feature of ESCP Europe, built around the alumni in top professional roles in the international business world.

Lorenzo Boglione, Managing Director at Basicnet Group, a giant in the apparel field, says: "As an ESCP Europe alumnus, I think the Regatta is an example of entrepreneurship, a characteristic rarely found in academic contexts. It moves students to be extremely dynamic and proactive and to put  themselves to the test in a complex environment. 'Know-how' is something you acquire through all your life experiences and it is a resource in the business and professional world; this is the unique concept the ESCP Europe Regatta promotes and develops yearly with great success."

Behind the scenes, supported by e-Ventures (a not-for-profit student association founded and managed by alumni and students of the business school), are the staff, and a crew of students across all campuses, ready to show off the beauty of the location, their expertise, and the originality of the activities.

Elisabetta Giusta, Project Manager for the current regatta says: "For us and for ESCP Europe, the wonderful discipline of sailing is the chance to liven up a community through an event, the  Regatta, in which the business world mingles with the academic one, in which opportunities are created and turned into a meeting point among alumni, professionals and students. This is the real magic, this is our mission and is, above all, what we love to do."

About ESCP Europe Business School
Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the world's first business school, educating generations of leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs.  With its five urban campuses in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, and Torino, ESCP Europe's true European identity enables the provision of a unique style of cross-cultural business education, combined with a global perspective on international management issues.

ESCP Europe was shortlisted in the Business School of the Year category in the Times Higher Education Awards 2013, and its flagship Master in Management programme has been ranked in the top three in the Financial Times for the last six years. It is one of the few business schools in the world with triple-crown accreditation (EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB), welcomes some 4,000 students and 5,000 executives from 90 countries every year, offering them a wide range of general management and specialised programmes (Master, MBA, PhD and Executive Education). The students who worked on this report studied the Master in European Business.

The School's alumni network counts 40,000 members in 150 countries. Together with its long-standing relationships with local and international companies, this network allows ESCP Europe to provide unique international career opportunities.

Eventures is a not-for-profit student association founded and managed by Alumni ESCP Europe, independent from the University institutions. Born with the mission of support students in the creation of several events bonded with the sport to gather and reinforce the network within students and professionals in the community ESCP Europe. The events of the family Eventures are three at the moment (Ski Event, Regatta and Golf Trophy), all have in common outstanding locations, first-class sponsors and the capability to shock and engage participants with activities ad experiences outside the traditional schemes. In the end, Eventures involve more than a thousand participants from all the five campuses and cooperate with more than ten sponsors and suppliers, proud of his solid and collaborative partnerships.


Elisabetta Giusta, Project Manager
Tel: +44 7449 966811

Alessia Cannì, Media Relations Regatta ESCP Europe
Tel: +39 3381137817

Marco Scognamiglio ESCP Europe - Ufficio Stampa
Tel: +39 011 670 58 95 / Mob: +39 346 69 60 356  
Shireen Fraser ESCP Europe – Head of PR, UK
Tel: +44 20 7433 8833 / Mob: +44 7952 230 175


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