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Thousands of young people leave the Palau Olympics in Badalona (Barcelona) with a sense of excitement. He hasn’t attended any concerts or is out for a big party. He has just seen and heard his idols, leaders of IM Academy, an organization that offers online courses Business (speculative investment) And cryptocurrency and that, for its followers, it is the highway to “financial freedom”. In Spain, the activities of the IM Academy are under suspicion by the police, who accuse some of its members of creating a pyramid scheme and recruiting youth in a sect-like manner.

But here at the foot of the pavilion where Joventut plays, no one feels like a victim. Adverse. Thousands of young people who have come from all over Europe – especially from France, Germany and Italy – believe that they have taken the top of their lives, that they will earn enough money for what they have learned at the academy so that all can be obtained. Time to travel the world and do what they want.

Valentina is 21 and has come from Switzerland for an event celebrated with controversy – the city council asked Joventut, unsuccessfully, to cancel the rental of the space – and which ran for three days from Friday to Sunday. Is. The staging is very American, with inspiring conventions that unite everyone under the same banner. Valentina says she earns about $2,000 (just over 1,800 euros) a month thanks to IM Academy, which has a “team” of people in charge of her. Because, be careful, most of the interviewers make money not for their fabulous investments in cryptocurrencies, but for the commission they receive from the academy in exchange for signing up for their online courses, which cost around 150 euros each. is month.

Oriol Naudo, who comes from Vic (Barcelona) and is 30 years old, earns about 1,000 euros per month recruiting students. “It is still not enough to live, but the ceiling is high here. And it is a meritocratic system. You win on the basis of your skill and dedication.” Earlier, he had set up a business selling sun creams with his father, which did not prosper with the pandemic. “I have been here for a year and a half and it has changed my life. I was always a bad student. Now I read books, play sports…” Naudó read the recent news about the investigation around IM Academy. He does not deny that there may be some members who “take advantage of” others or “promise things that cannot be fulfilled”, but assured that he knows the system and it No pyramid scheme at all.

“Do you think we would all be here if it was a hoax?” asks 20-year-old Jose, who drinks an energy drink. She has come from Malaga with her 22-year-old friend Luna. He says that he makes money by investing in cryptocurrencies, but admits that no, he doesn’t have enough to live on right now. Neither does she, although she is confident that she will stop working and have “more time to live”, because having money in the bank means “losing it little by little”. She follows online training (she pays 150 euros per month) and says she is happy, but it is important to come to such an event. “You know the people, President [presidentes] They explain their personal history as how they have achieved success”.

“Here they give us the energy we need to make our dreams come true,” says one wearing a bow tie with a German dollar pattern. He, like everyone else, wants more, and will return this Saturday. Among the international references to these youth is Robert Kiyosaki, author vocational school, Spaniards are fans of others Cracks Of personal inspiration such as Borja Vilaseca or Victor Kupers.

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Leaning on the railing as they wait for the taxi they just ordered, Jada and Andrea from Brescia, Italy, exit the event with a smile. “We are thirsty for freedom. I have left my job. Now I have money and time”, says Andrea. It doesn’t explain how.

Dressed as for a wedding – suit, dress, heels, a tie – most attendees speak candidly about their experience. The exception is a group of French people, the only trace of sectarian behavior that has also been attributed to the persuasive techniques of the IM Academy. “Leaders have told us that we cannot talk. Find him if you want, he’s inside, he’s wearing a blue suit.” It would not be possible to talk to the men in blue as the triple layer of security does not allow it, while exiting the Penya Pavilion thousands of young people are satisfied with themselves and happy before a future of freedom and prosperity. , they say, there will be no end.

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