Curator #208: Oriol Sans

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Hi guys! I’m Oriol Sans (@oriolsans) and I mainly tweet on startups, SMEs (small and medium–sized enterprises) and their funding.

I was born in Solivella (Conca de Barberà), a county in Catalonia well known for its wines, architecture from the middle ages in places like Montblanc or the Monastery of Poblet but not that well known for being the third county with the highest percentatge of industrial GDP.

I grew up in Barcelona, I went to school in Les Corts at Col·legi Pare Manyanet (@manyanetcorts). Then I studied business at @ESADE and international business at @Thunderbird in Arizona (US).

I currently work in the funding unit at ACCIÓ, the Competitiveness Agency of Catalonia (@catalonia_TI) that has 39 trade and investment offices wordlwide. Besides fostering the internationalization and innovation of Catalan companies and promoting investments in Catalonia, we also advice startups and smes on the best funding mix to grow, innovate or internationalize. We promote alternative funding, business angels and venture capital funds while organizing events such as an Investment Forum or monthly meetings to talk about new financial instruments, best practices or sharing experiences. Here you can find my linkedin profile.

I’ve been in the board of 6 start-ups such as @Digital_Legends or @oigaa and we have invested in 49 other companies like @3scale, @dexma or @nuroa_es.  I also serve on the investment committees of venture capital funds like @inveready Seed Capital or Invernova and business angels networks like @ESADEAlumni BAN.

Lately, I’m experiencing the joy of teaching and I’m a lecturer on entrepreneurial finance at the MBA Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (@mbaURV) and teacher on finance in the diploma in Business Design at Istituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona (@iedbarcelona).

I’m looking forward to share with you all my thoughs, daily life and beauty of Barcelona and Catalonia.

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