Mauricio O’BrienHead of Regional Development, the European Crowdfunding Network

Mauricio O’Brien Graduate in Arts and Design from the University of Southampton and Postgraduate in “Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship” from the UNED. He is currently a consultant in crowdfunding, design and communication and entrepreneurship, specialising in social entrepreneurship in rural areas. Mauricio has worked as a trainer, advisor and mentor in many programmes to support business creation for the City Council of El Prat de Llobregat, City Council of Gijón, City Council of Vitoria, Regional Government of Biscay, Government of León, Government of La Rioja, EMEA, IVACE, REDr, COCEDER, Fademur and Barrabés among others. Member of trainers community of TechCamp, a public diplomacy program hosted in the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State.  He has more than 20 years of experience in Design and ICT and working with academic institutions of higher education, coordinator and co-director of the Master “Design and Architecture” (2004- 2015) at Elisava – School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona. Professor of “Crowdfunding and matchfunding strategies” in the Master’s Degree in Fundraising for NPOs and Chair of Competitive Social Transformation at the Complutense University (Madrid), as well as having taught at universities such as Pompeu Fabra, Menéndez Pelayo University, Mondragon Unibertsitatea, University of Coruña, University of Oviedo, University of Cork and IED Istituto Europeo di Design.   He has specialised in crowdfunding since 2015, was co-director of the platform and is currently Head of Territorial Development and Training at – European Crowdfunding Network. CEO-Founder at Federación de ideas (2009-2017) – Design & Communication Studio and since January 2024 co-founder and member of NANOMA cooperative, focused on Strategic Design for Social Innovation. He has participated in different European projects in areas such as energy communities, cultural and creative industries, rural development and social entrepreneurship.

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