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Press release

Berlin, October 19, 2015

ESMT and Tagesspiegel award scholarship to successful young entrepreneur

  • Company founder receives "Tagesspiegel Entrepreneur Scholarship" for Executive MBA at ESMT
  • Latest EMBA class at ESMT starts with 49 participants from 21 countries

ESMT European School of Management and Technology and Tagesspiegel have awarded the “Tagesspiegel Entrepreneur Scholarship” for the Executive MBA (EMBA) at ESMT to the young entrepreneur Matan Beery. The scholarship recipient is co-founder and CEO of akvola Technologies. The company is working to make water desalination affordable and sustainable in order to solve the challenge of global water scarcity. The partial scholarship is worth 40,000 EUR and covers 70 percent of the tuition fees of the program. With this scholarship, ESMT and Tagesspiegel want to give young business leaders the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

The native Israeli Matan Beery is co-founder and CEO of akvola Technologies, headquartered in Berlin. The startup was founded in 2013 and plans and distributes compact systems for water treatment. With this approach akvola Technologies has received many awards, including the 2014 GreenTec special award for startups. “The Tagesspiegel Entrepreneur Scholarship gives me the opportunity to study for an EMBA at ESMT and strengthen my entrepreneurial skills,” says Matan Beery. “The special focus on the management of technology makes studying at ESMT for me and my company very attractive.”

Matan Beery completed his bachelor's degree in biochemical engineering at the Israeli Institute of Technology in Haifa. He has lived in Germany since 2006. After receiving a master’s degree from Technische Universität Berlin, he went on to get his doctorate in chemical engineering there in 2012.

The current EMBA class 2015-2017 has 49 participants from 21 countries. On average, the students are 36 years old and have 12 years of professional experience. The ESMT EMBA Program lasts 18 months and includes tracks in the areas of “Managing Business Integrity,” “International Management,” and “Technology and Innovation.” In the Financial Times’ ranking of the top 100 Executive MBA programs published today, the program ranked 30th globally.

Contact ESMT
Martha Ihlbrock, +49 30 21231-1043, martha.ihlbrock@esmt.org   
Ulrike Schwarzberg, +49 30 21231-1066, ulrike.schwarzberg@esmt.org

Contact Der Tagesspiegel
Sandra Friedrich, +49 30 290 21 -15527, sandra.friedrich@tagesspiegel.de

About ESMT

ESMT European School of Management and Technology was founded in October 2002 by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, a master’s in management as well as open enrollment and customized executive education programs. ESMT focuses on three main topics: leadership and social responsibility, European competitiveness, and the management of technology. Additionally, the business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia. ESMT is based in Berlin, Germany, with Schloss Gracht as an additional location near Cologne. ESMT is a private business school, accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, and FIBAA. Since 2013 ESMT has the right to grant PhDs. www.esmt.org

About Der Tagesspiegel

Der Tagesspiegel is a leading medium of the capital and one of the most often quoted newspapers in Germany. It reaches more policymakers and opinion leaders in Berlin and Potsdam than all other national subscription newspapers together. The “Newspaper of the Year” (Lead Award 2014) continues to increase its scope. Thorough research, independent reporting, and critical commentary convince 331,000 readers daily. Der Tagesspiegel is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year as the first independent newspaper in Berlin after WWII The newspaper belongs to Dieter von Holtzbrinck’s media group DvH Media GmbH, as does Handelsblatt and Wirtschaftswoche.