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March 01, 2017
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“Improving Access to Funding” – a complementary Subject Paper from the GECES

The “Social enterprises and the social economy going forward” report, adopted in October 2016, is a capstone of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES).

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February 01, 2017
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EaSI instruments: a new EU call to reinforce your capacity building!

The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have just published a call for expression of interest to reinforce the institutional capacity of financial intermediaries in the...

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December 20, 2016
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MDIF launches blended-value media loan fund with Sida-backed first-loss protection

New York, November 16, 2016: Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) today announced the launch of MDIF Media Finance I, a blended-value loan fund for independent news media companies in select...

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December 20, 2016
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Incorpora Hungary supports disadvantaged people in Hungary who seek employment.

Incorpora is a highly successful programme creating sustainable employment developed and launched by “la Caixa” Foundation in Spain in 2006.

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December 06, 2016
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Announcing seven new members

We’re proud that social investment and venture philanthropy is of interest to more and more organisations. In the past two months seven new members joined EVPA. 

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December 05, 2016
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Startup Weekend 2016

The sixth and largest edition of Startup Weekend finished recently. About 80 participants along with 22 mentors developed developed new innovate and breakthrough ideas. Young enthusiastic,...

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December 01, 2016
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GECES report presented today in Bratislava- a call for action to increase the political focus on and resources dedicated to social entrepreneurship in Europe

PRESS RELEASE Bratislava, 1 December 2016 The European Commission Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (or GECES[1]) issues key report of recommendations to all...

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August 31, 2016
EVPA contributes to EuSEF Proposal & GECES call to European Commission

The European Commission has surveyed the market for feedback on the EuSEF Regulation’s implementation. EVPA contributed to several of these consultations, highlighting the challenges VP...

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July 26, 2016
Contribute to improve the start-up eco-system in Europe!

From the 31st of March to the 31st of July 2016, the European Commission is collecting input from entrepreneurs, start-ups and other stakeholders on how to improve the start-up ecosystem in Europe...

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July 12, 2016
Bernard Uyttendaele joins EVPA as CEO

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) welcomes Bernard Uyttendaele as its new Chief Executive. He will bring his broad experience to EVPA as it moves into its next phase of development.

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June 30, 2016
Insights for action - New AVPN guides in Impact Assessment, Capacity Building and Social Incubation

The opportunities for solving social issues in Asia through venture philanthropy (VP) and social investing (SI) are huge. While private social funders in Asia are keen to make a positive social...

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June 24, 2016
Note from Madeleine in connection with BREXIT

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June 01, 2016
AVPN Conference Hong Kong - Asia’s top social investment event

The EVPA team was delighted to be able to join 600 social investors in Asia at the AVPN conference. We talked strategies and financing tools to support the social sector and networked towards...

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June 01, 2016
Post UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) - Climate finance, green bonds & member initiatives

As Europe moves to put the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) into action, alarming reports on global warming, desertification, water shortages and environmental migration continue.

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May 02, 2016
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A new strategy for EVPA’s Knowledge Centre: KC 2.0

A new leadership, a new strategy and the building of two new branches. Exciting times are ahead for EVPA’s Knowledge Centre. 

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May 02, 2016
EVPA’s contribution to the consultation of the European Commission on non-financial reporting

As our world becomes more concerned with the social and environmental impact of companies, the call for transparency on companies’ performance is increasing. Equally, Europe’s investors are...

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May 02, 2016
ACUMEN, OPES IMPACT FUND and HERi Africa Gmbh invest in Tanzania

Providing affordable & accessible energy to rural populations in Devergy

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May 02, 2016
Catalytic philanthropy results in One Acre Fund

Over the past two years, EVPA member Jazi Foundation financed the new country pilots of the One Acre Fund in Malawi and Uganda, involving 1000 smallholder farmer families each.

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April 29, 2016
Belgian social impact investment fund Kampani makes first investment

Belgium based EVPA member Kampani has made its first investment. It concerns a Fairtrade certified Burundian coffee exporter called COCOCA, a Union of smallholder cooperatives, representing 27.000...

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April 29, 2016
EVPA member HERi Africa co-invests in key supplier of malaria medicine

Impact venture fund HERi Africa has co-invested $13m in Madagascar based Bionexx, a company producing the active ingredients of a new generation anti-malaria medicine.

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April 29, 2016
DIVA Ventures welcomes Novozymes and DSM as co-founders - A partnership to scale up impact ventures

The EVPA member DIVA Ventures has welcomed as co-founders biotechnology company Novozymes and global science based Royal DSM. The announcement was made last week at the United Nations HQ in New...

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April 29, 2016
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Goodbye to Kurt

After four outstanding years together, our CEO, Kurt Peleman has decided that the time of change has arrived. Therefore, we thank him for his extensive contribution and wish him good luck in his...

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April 01, 2016
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Migration crisis, the European (Ad)Venture

As 2016 is rapidly progressing, Europe still finds herself in the difficult position of managing an unprecedented inflow of people, many of them vulnerable individuals seeking international...

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April 01, 2016
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Goodbye to Lisa

After six years of setting up and running the Knowledge Centre, over two years of being formally responsible for EVPA’s policy activities and becoming a cornerstone of its management team, our...

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February 23, 2016
EVPA launches Impact Measurement and Management case studies

EVPA is launching its latest research publication today! “Impact measurement in practice: in-depth case studies” highlights the experiences of two EVPA Members at the forefront of social impact...

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February 02, 2016
Exit Case study: Ferd SE- Unicus AS

This month we are highlighting one of the case studies from our report “A practical guide to planning and executing and impactful exit”. This article focuses on the exit of EVPA Member Ferd...

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February 01, 2016
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New EVPA Report: “A Practical Guide to Venture Philanthropy and Social Impact Investment”

The latest EVPA Report “A Practical Guide to Venture Philanthropy and Social Impact Investment” is now available for download.

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December 21, 2015
Country Focus:The Croatian VP/SI sector: challenges, key players and initiatives

Over 2015, EVPA is producing a number of factsheets detailing venture philanthropy and social investment activities in countries around Europe. The below article is based on our recently...

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December 17, 2015
Venture philanthropy and social investment in Greece - A key driver for NGO capacity building

EVPA and the Bodossaki Foundation hosted a joint event on 15 December 2015 in Athens, attracting more than 100 civil society organizations and representatives of charitable foundations, companies and...

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December 10, 2015
Latest EVPA Report ‘A practical guide to adding value through non-financial support’ just launched!

The latest EVPA Report ‘A practical guide to adding value through non-financial support’ is now available for download. The guide is the result of several months of research by our Knowledge...

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November 19, 2015
Country Focus:The Polish VP/SI sector: challenges, key players and initiatives

Over 2015, EVPA is producing a number of factsheets detailing venture philanthropy and social investment activities in countries around Europe. The below article is based on our recently...

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October 07, 2015
The OECD and the European Commission launch Call for Initiatives and Policies for Social Enterprises

The OECD and the European Commission have launched an inclusive and social entrepreneurship project that intends to shed light on social enterprise creation and development in EU Member States and...

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September 30, 2015
EVPA Launches ‘EU Index Cards’

Since the launch of its “Social Business Initiative” (SBI) in 2011, the European Commission has undertaken many actions to improve the situation of social enterprises. It does this by...

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September 28, 2015
Country Focus:The VP/SI sector in Norway: challenges, key players and initiatives

Over 2015, EVPA is producing a number of factsheets detailing venture philanthropy (VP) and social investment (SI) activities in countries about Europe. The below article is based on our recently...

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September 28, 2015
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EVPA Member Impetus-PEF introduces largest ever VP fund for youth initiatives

UK-based EVPA member Impetus-PEF has allocated England’s largest ever Venture Philanthropy funding package (nearly £8 million) to three youth-oriented organisations: The Access Project, Action...

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August 03, 2015
Country Focus: The Greek VP/SI sector: challenges, key players and initiatives

Greece is in its sixth year of social and economic instability contributing to increased inequalities in the country. The country is facing a humanitarian crisis, a decline of the social welfare...

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July 31, 2015
EVPA welcomes six new members

EVPA’s community keeps on growing. This month we welcome two full and four associate members: Anesvad, Cooperative for ethical financing, Great for Good, Incofin Investment Management, Jazi...

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July 01, 2015
A new European Guarantee to support social enterprises!

Half a billion euros of loans for micro- and social enterprises over the next seven years. This could be the consequence of an important agreement signed on the 24th of June between the European...

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June 30, 2015
From Prosperity to Purpose: report on social impact investment in Latin America

EVPA members UBS and the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University launch an exploratory study on philanthropy and social investment in Latin America: ‘From Prosperity to...

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June 30, 2015
EVPA welcomes three new Members

EVPA’s community keeps growing. This month we welcome three new members – Acanthus, La Bolsa Social, The Rockefeller Foundation. Who are they?

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June 30, 2015
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Belgian-Dutch Cooperation: SI² Fund Joins Forces with Dutch Social Impact Investor Base of Shærpa

EVPA members SI² Fund and Shærpa have joined forces and completed the initial closing of its SI² fund, with committed capital of over €15 million. The additional funds enable SI² Fund to...

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May 28, 2015
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Unique opportunity for social enterprises in European procurement markets

The European Union is easing the way for its Member States to ‘buy social’, offering in turn social enterprises unprecedented access to a government contracts’ market representing annually EUR...

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May 28, 2015
EVPA’s input to the Green Paper on ‘Building Capital Markets Union’

EVPA’s members are helping shape the discussion around the EuSEF Regulation, i.e. the EU-wide ‘marketing’ label for European Social Entrepreneurship Funds. Find out how.

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May 28, 2015
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EVPA welcomes two new members

EVPA’s community keeps growing. This month we welcome two new members: Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy  and IULM. Time to meet.

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May 08, 2015
Jacobs Foundation commits USD 52 million to change living conditions of families in cocoa-growing communities

EVPA member Jacobs Foundation has announced a CHF 50-million commitment to changing the living conditions of families in cocoa-growing communities by providing access to high-quality education in...

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April 30, 2015
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EVPA welcomes three new members

EVPA’s community keeps growing. This month we welcome three new members Jacobs Foundation, Smart Kolektiv and 360° Impact. Find out who they are.

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April 29, 2015
New investment fund for social enterprises in Central and Eastern Europe

We will soon see the creation of the first Polish social venture capital fund that invests in enterprises bringing social benefits, and EVPA members are invited to contribute to the fund.

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April 28, 2015
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Employment meeting in Portugal

With 34.5% of Portugal’s under 25s unemployed, employment -especially among youth- is an important subject of discussion in this part of Europe. Reason enough for EVPA’s thematic Group on...

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March 30, 2015
EVPA Policy: thinking about policy solutions around Europe

Interested in understanding your national policy context better? Or in sharing such policies from a practitioner’s point of view? EVPA is inviting you to share the knowledge you have of your...

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March 30, 2015
Increasing Foundations’ reach through collaborative philanthropy

All over Europe, our members hold events fostering and creating synergies within their VP/SI markets. While local, such events often contain learnings that could be relevant to other members. This...

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March 30, 2015
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EVPA welcomes five new members

As a membership organisation, EVPA values the contributions that each organisation brings to the network. Therefore, we highlight new members as they join our community. This month we’re...

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March 30, 2015
New UK Access Fund Launches

The social finance market in the UK is buoyant, momentum is growing and more and more access to finance initiatives are taking shape. The latest on that front is the launch of “Access: The...

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March 18, 2015
TBLI Conference: Nordic 2015

The TBLI Conference has earned a sterling international reputation for bringing together investors, investment managers, and thought leaders in all asset classes of sustainable finance for...

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March 08, 2015
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Social Impact Bonds: US vs UK

While the US is reporting the failure of its first Social Impact Bond: a SIB project designed to reduce recidivism rates among adolescent inmates, EVPA member Social Finance UK has reported that...

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