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World’s First Social Impact Bond Results

by EVPA on August 28, 2014

When the first impact bond got launched, policymakers, investors, social purpose organisations and charities saw its huge potential. This month, the first results of the break-through experiment were announced. The Social Impact Bond, in which EVPA members Social Finance, and Esmee Fairbairn, were instrumental; saw 17 social investors committing £5m to fund interventions to reduce reoffending among male prisoners.

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Social Entrepreneurship in the European Union: a Promising and Bright Future?

by EVPA on August 27, 2014

“Social Entrepreneurs: have your say! was the theme of this year's most important event on social business organised since the launch of the European Commission's Social Business Initiative in 2011. Gathering more than 2000 social entrepreneurs, academics, policy makers and finance practitioners, this conference held in Strasbourg in January 2014 concluded on the Strasbourg Declaration, a wish list aimed at keeping the initiated momentum around social entrepreneurship alive, while the European Union is getting ready for its new legislature.

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EBAN Launches Committee on Impact Investing

by EVPA on August 27, 2014

‘Business Angels and capital investors can have a critical positive impact on society through impact investing’. This is the premise on which EVPA member EBAN (the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Market players) has founded its impact investing committee.

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Q&A with Innpact

by EVPA on August 27, 2014

As a membership organisation we value the contributions that each organisation brings to the network. Therefore we highlight new members as they join our community. This month we talk to new associate member Innpact. Please tell us a little bit about your organisation and your objectives? Founded in 2007 and based in Luxembourg, Innpact offers specialised advisory and consulting services supporting the development and structuring of impact finance initiatives. Our mission is to foster sustainable impact finance initiatives by providing innovative advisory, consulting and management support services.

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European Consultation on the Social Economy

by EVPA on August 27, 2014

The Italian authorities, presiding the Council of the EU during the second semester of this year, has launched a public consultation to gather ideas and proposals to “Unlock the Potential of the Social Economy for EU Growth”. Pointing to the increasing attention that the Social Economy has received in the public discourse, policy makers now face a challenge to adapt through the development of adequate legal, regulatory and financial tools recognising the specifics of the Social Economy and boosting its development.

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