OECD Local Development Forum: Better strategies for stronger communities


Guillem Aris




Guillem Aris is CEO at Autoocupació, a non-profit private institution, a member of Youth Business Spain and Youth Business International networks. Autoocupació has been leading the provision of financial and non-financial services supporting underserved entrepreneurs to succeed creating and growing their own businesses for the last 30 years in Catalonia. With a wide experience in supporting business creation, managing programs to facilitate training, access to finance, mentoring and business transfers for underserved entrepreneurs, Guillem is founder of Autoocupació, Business Angels Network Catalunya, Microenterprise Agency, Reempresa and Youth Business Spain, is Ambassador of the OECD Better Entrepreneurship Policy Tool and was Vice President of the European Microfinance Network. Guillem has been responsible for the strategy development and implementation of the mentoring program for young entrepreneurs in Spain. With more than 2.000 volunteer mentors supporting more than 4.000 young entrepreneurs, the program has achieved an amazing business survival rate of 87% after 5 years. Guillem has been also founder of Reempresa, the Catalan small business transfer market, connecting small businesses owners who want to sell their business with entrepreneurs who prefer to buy an existing business than starting from scratch, and facilitating more than 3.400 successful deals in partnership with 80 public & private local institutions. He has been a speaker at different international mentoring and entrepreneurship events including the University of New Mexico's Annual International Mentoring Conference, the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, the European Microfinance Network Annual Conference, the BIZ Barcelona Entrepreneurship Congress, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, and the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit.

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