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Welcome tutors and students to the module of Investments and Finance


In today’s complex economy, organizations are realizing the competitive advantage that formal portfolio management provides them. The art of selecting the right investment policy for the individuals in terms of minimum risk and maximum return is called portfolio management. Investments allow a company to perform its business activities and without them, the company would not be able to exist.


In this module, students will work individually with the objective of making good decisions to build their own portfolio in a stock simulator called Virtual Stock Exchange.
They will be enrolled in a private GAIA competition “BEAT THE ROBOT” and the objective is that they compete with the rest of students and with the robo-advisor VANGUARD.

Some required tasks involve:

  • Learning about their investment risk profile by completing a specific questionnaire.
  • Build their portfolio within the Virtual Stock Exchange platform.
  • Create a diversified portfolio taking into account the different financial markets.
  • Make the right investments based on their investment risk profile.


  • Students will learn how to evaluate the performance of their investment strategy.
  • Students will learn what the Robo-advisors advantages are and how they can use Robo-advisors for their investments.
  • Students will learn how the stock market works and how to make a profit from their investments.
  • Students will learn the different types of buying and selling orders and how they can choose the one that suits them best.
  • Students will learn the importance of building a diversified portfolio.

Video de Jordi García Lorenzo. GAIA student doing his internship in Canal de Isabel II and creator of the blog

Best regards!

In the past four weeks, we have talked about Innovation

Innovation and change are the key drivers of success in many industries nowadays. In this unit, the students have worked with “design thinking” and “lean startup” methodologies to produce ideas, to create and to innovate in the process.


Task to do (4th -25th February)

Students were asked to find a practical solution and create a prototype to solve one of the following challenges for the humanity: Energy, Food, Water, Security, Learning and Disaster resilience

As possible prototypes, students were suggested to choose between three categories:

  • Products: paper products, Lego “SeriousPlay”, 3D printers…
  • Services: Customer Journey maps, Infographics, web pages…
  • Softwares: App simulations with Marvel…

Feedforward: next time do it even better (27th February-30th March)

After reviewing the tasks they have delivered, some advice was told: To make prototypes reliables it is important to be sure that the solution achieved makes an impact in customers lives. It is also important to know that the prototype can be implemented in a six months period. Summarizing an Innovation project is based in teamwork and efficient work


  • Isabel Muñoz, Rebeca Viday and Oscar Barceló
    Software prototype: Marvel app simulation “Bully Busters!”



  • Daniel de Careaga, Elena Odriozola, María Guerrero, Víctor Girón
    Service prototype: A service to connect already existing internet-providing infrastructures with eLearning platforms like edX, Coursera and Duolingo in Nigeria


Best regards!

Welcome tutors and students to the module of Innovation


Innovation is an idea successfully brought to market that creates a new value, often for both user and enterprise. Innovations sometimes involve inventions, but not necessarily always. Innovation is often driven by technological advancement, but neither necessarily. Companies that innovate are able to set the organization in a different paradigm in order to identify new opportunities and best methods to solve current problems.


In this module, students will work in 4 members-teams with the objective of creating a prototype that “solve” one of these challenges which each team can choose as they please.

Some required tasks involve:

  • Basadur’s profile testing for every team member
  • Working out a solution using mind-map canvas for design thinking
  • Testing the solution with potential users using lean startup methodology

Video de Lucía Ruiz Montiel. Innovation instructor & Entrepeneur


  • Students will learn to capitalize on their strengths. Basadur test measures states, not traits. It is a tool to help an individual, team, or organization to understand how to increase creativity and innovation in a supportive environment.
  • Students will learn to apply human-centered techniques -design thinking- to solve problems in a creative and innovative way.
  • Students will learn to empathize with potential customers and train themselves through prototype testing. -lean startup methodology.

Best regards!

In the past four weeks, we have talked about Effective Communication


Effective Communication is an essential skill to transmit messages to specific audiences in diverse situations. In this way, we have provided theoretical concepts and practical tools so students are capable of addressing their information efficaciously through different cases.



Task to do (8th -28th January)

Students needed to create a video of themselves transmitting their ideas effectively, meeting specific objectives and writing a document supporting their message. There were five types of videos to choose with different characteristics:

  • Elevator Pitch: presenting a business idea to obtain funds.
  • Pecha Kucha: an exposition of a project in a company.
  • TED talk: inspirational or motivational speech.
  • Job interview (in pairs): get a job and promote a company.
  • Radio interview (in pairs): raise awareness about a social topic.

Feedforward: next time do it even better (28th -30th January)

After reviewing the tasks they have delivered, some advice was told: ways of modulating the tone of the voice according to their contents and audience and best gestures and postures to speak more competently looking at the public. In other words: providing them with mechanisms to enhance their communication competencies.


  • Elevator Pitch Jorge Padrino


  • Radio interview Mohamed Amin Korri and Pablo Bellido Alba


Best regards!


Welcome tutors and students to the module of Effective Communication


Effective communication is the study of “communication in practice”. It’s concerned with the fact that communication is not only how you convey a message but also if this message has been received and understood by someone in exactly the way you intended.

The way we transmit our message plays a key role in this process, and it is even more important than the message itself. Students are going to learn different techniques that will help them to transmit their messages adequately and sell their personal brands if they need to, using an appropriate voice tone, vocabulary and body language for their purposes.




  • Students will know the type of questions they need ask to themselves before a presentation and how to deal with the public transmitting a message effectively.
  • They will learn how to focus on their strengths and maintain the concentration on a presentation.
  • They will be able to understand how they transmit a message it is more important than what they say and put this concept into practice.
  • Learners will have the necessary tools to work in the public space and express different emotions with their voice tone.

Best regards!

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