As surprising as it could be, INSEAD, this very well respected International business school didn’t have a US presence until now.
The gap will be void on Feb, 27th 2020 with the opening of the San Francisco Hub for Business Innovation.
We met with Isabelle Finger who is running the Hub project for more than a year and she gave us the owner’s tour. We could appreciate the quality of the renovation of this 1930′ building; from a garage next to Oracle Park, this is now an incredibly nice space that will be perfect to host alumni, events and executive programs.
The San Francisco Hub is a new model to make the INSEAD brand shine, to become a bridge between Silicon Valley and the rest of the world where the school has campuses in Singapore or Abu Dhabi.
The goal is not to host a lot of students at once, but to become the focus point for Silicon Valley enterprises who are looking to provide an executive education to their managers. The typical profile of an INSEAD student is between 34 and 50 years old, cosmopolitan, speaking multiple languages and in a management position. No doubt that the reputation of The Business School of the World as INSEAD calls itself, will attract talented executive programs candidates.
In parallel, end of April, 2020, the Hub will welcome the final of the next Product Games program where participants will challenge themselves at “developing a product that tackles a sustainability issue for a market of their choice. Teams can use the UN Sustainable Development Goals as guidance. The chosen solution must be built to encourage or influence users to develop sustainable habits and must be validated by the team’s user research”.
In the meantime, the San Francisco Hub will be an amazing space for INSEAD to gather its alumni for lifelong learning programs. There is no less than 700 in the bay area only, and 3500 in the US.
Welcome to San Francisco, INSEAD