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Incubators and Accelerators: bridging the gap for new impact ventures in Europe

Policy Webinar 15

The European Commission has identified four main gaps that are limiting the potential for innovation for Europe’s entrepreneurs. The gaps refer to funding, namely (1) the inability of public policies to bridge the gap with private investment; (2) awareness, and the consequent need to have flagship initiatives and anchor investors; (3) scale, suggesting that to guarantee that Europe is competitive at a global level, initiatives should take place at a continental rather than national level; and (4) talent, specifically role models that encourage a culture of risk-taking and empowerment through entrepreneurship.

Moreover, EVPA’s assessment of European Social Finance ecosystems concluded that one of the main limitations of the social enterprise scene in Europe, across geographies, is the lack of investment-ready pipeline, creating a mismatch between the demand and supply in the market.

One mechanism to address these challenges are capacity-building initiatives, through incubators, accelerators and other arrangements, which aim to support early-stage ventures focused on social innovation. If these initiatives work efficiently, they will better prepare social enterprises for the market and create conditions for them to scale.

Draft Agenda:

  • 15:00-15:15 Introduction
  • 15:15-15:30 Examine the role of accelerator and incubators in promoting social innovation
  • 15:30-16:00 Case studies
  • 16:00-16:30 Q&A with speakers
  • 16:30-16:45 Concluding remarks

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Meet the speakers

Luís Fonseca

Luís Fonseca - MAZE - Decoding Impact, Portugal

Luis Fonseca is a partner at MAZE- Decoding Impact (www.maze-impact.com) from Lisbon, Portugal. He works alongside impact ventures and investors to scale solutions for social and environmental challenges. MAZE runs the acceleration programme MAZE-X (www.maze-x.com) and the MSM Venture Capital Fund (www.mustardseedmaze.vc). Luis holds an MBA from INSEAD and his background is in strategy and consulting at McKinsey & Company and Procter and Gamble.

Lorenzo Triboli

Lorenzo Triboli - Fondazione Social Venture GDA, Italy

After his experience as a management consultant in BCG, Lorenzo has moved to the impact investing sector as financial analyst at Fondazione Housing Sociale, the main technical, social and financial advisor to the Italian Integrated System of Social Housing Funds (SIF). With over €3 billion in committed capital within its funds, the SIF is one of the main impact investing programmes worldwide. 

Jessica Stacey

Jessica Stacey - Bethnal Green Ventures, United Kingdom

Jessica is a Venture Partner at BGV where she provides business support and mentoring to early stage startups that are tackling important social and environmental problems. She also supports the BGV investment team with evaluating investment opportunities at both the accelerator and seed stages.

Peder L’orange

Peder L’orange - Katapult Accelerator, Norway

Peder is a part of the investment team at the Katapult Accelerator, advising both their programme funds and their follow-on fund. He has a background from Private Equity at FSN Capital and from a VR-collaboration startup called Dimension10. He is passionate about investing in businesses doing “for-good, for-profit” and believes that the grand challenges the world faces today should also be the biggest business opportunities.

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