5th European Microfinance Day: Empowering tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

The European Microfinance Day was launched in 2015 as a tool to highlight the impact of the microfinance sector in Europe from a social and an economic perspective.

The main objectives of the European Microfinance Day are:

  1. To raise awareness among European citizens on the existence of microfinance and on its value to fight unemployment and social exclusion.
  2. To draw the attention of European media on how microfinance works in Europe and how it supports and helps the unemployed and European citizens excluded from the traditional financial sector.
  3. To exchange experiences within the European microfinance sector by giving visibility to the work of EMN & MFC members.
  4. To allow local members to draw the spotlight on their achievements and their missions at local level

These objectives remain the same and they will define the spirit of the 5th European Microfinance Day.

5th EMD theme: Empowering tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

The Brussels event

While the heart of the EMD campaign truly is the local actions organised by our members, a European Microfinance Day wouldn’t be complete without a Brussels event acting as a unifying thread between all those initiatives. This year, we have concocted an exciting programme to showcase promising developments on the research side, to distinguish some outstanding local microfinance beneficiaries, to give the awardees of the European Code of Good Conduct the visibility they deserve, and last but not least to explain microfinance, its actors, and its benefits in a series of clear, easy-to-grasp panels, far form the obscure technical jargon.

Bringing together representatives from the European institutions and members of the EMN & MFC networks, the Brussels event acts as a unifying thread for the EMD campaign. This year, it will take place on 17 October, starting from 15:00 in the BNP Paribas Fortis Event Space at Rue Royale 20, 1000 Brussels.

We’ve prepared an exciting and diverse programme, featuring :

  • A panel discussion on social impact measurement for microfinance
  • An award ceremony celebrating awardees of the European Code of Good Conduct
  • A Belgian “Micro-Entrepreneur of the Year 2019” award, to distinguish outstanding local microfinance beneficiaries
  • A networking cocktail with peers from the microfinance community. Alongside the networking cocktail there will be a mobile exhibition that will explain microfinance; its actors; and its benefits in a series of clear, illustrated panels.

Click HERE to register for the event 

See the Brussels Event’s Agenda

Read the article after the Event and see pictures

 

Local actions

 

KEPA - microSTARS, Greece

KEPA - microSTARS, Greece

KEPA – microSTARS, Greece

Open Meeting : “Fintech in Greece:  Empowering Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs”

Date: 10 October, from 17:30 to 20:30
Speakers: Representatives from the Hellenic Ministry of Development, banks, startuppers, fintech experts

Main objectives:

  • Promotion of microfinance
  • Highlighting the importance of microcredit as an alternative funding tool for every entrepreneur, existing, would-be, social entrepreneur, to boost their business
  • Dissemination of latest news and updates on microfinance both in our country and abroad, especially on fintech solutions
  • Raising awareness and promote networking

AgroInvest, Serbia

AgroInvest, Serbia

 AgroInvest,  Serbia

Round table on Financing the growth of Micro and Small Enterprises

Opportunities instead of hurdles – How to bring out the potential?

Date: 24.10.2019
Venue: Serbian Chamber of Commerce

Objectives:

  • To understand microfinance as a financial service and social task
  • To understand the role social finance and microfinance play in EU’s economic and social inclusion policies
  • To review the range of practice in microfinance regulation and supervision in Europe
  • To discuss options for a regulatory framework for microfinance (NBFI) in Serbia

Mi-BOSPO, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mi-BOSPO, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mi-BOSPO, Bosnia & Herzegovina

This year’s plan is to strengthen our campaign on social networks, we will do our best to be interesting so people notice it and be aware of MNE, and MI-BOSPO as part of that network. Our main goal is that our citizens understand that they can create their own jobs, and that the microfinance sector is there to support them.

Public targeted

Our clients, potential clients, young people who are planning their future, women entrepreneurs and employees.

Visibility

Our action will be taking place primarily on social media, supported by a press release.

Microfinance Ireland

Microfinance Ireland

  Microfinance Ireland

Microfinance Ireland

Marketing campaign

Similar to previous years, Microfinance Ireland is developing a marketing campaign (primarily email Marketing & social media) using the EMD 2019 tagline of ‘Empowering Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs’ to promote the availability of finance for budding entrepreneurs, Start-Up Businesses and for those businesses who want to scale and grow and to highlight this European-wide initiative.

This is a great opportunity for Microfinance Ireland to promote the availability of finance for those businesses who may be having difficulty in getting finance for their business from commercial lending providers and celebrating the 5th European Microfinance Day across Ireland.

Opportunity Bank, Serbia

Opportunity Bank, Serbia

  Opportunity Bank, Serbia

Opportunity Bank is going to promote the 5th European Microfinance Day on Facebook, LinkedIn and on the Opportunity bank website. Their publications will highlight the EMD campaign and spread the word about microfinance and its pivotal role.

Action Finance Initiative, Greece

Action Finance Initiative, Greece

Action Finance Initiative, Greece

1. Microfinance celebration party

Date: 17.10.2019
Venue: Technopolis – Athens, Greece

Programme:

  • Celebration presentation on microfinance and its footprint on economy and society
  • Celebration presentation from business partners and funders
  • Awards to success stories
  • Testimonial videos of entrepreneurs having taken a microloan
  • Networking among customers based on clusters, sectors and activity
  • Open exhibition of products/services offered by AFI clients

2. Free training : “A Social Media Guide To New Businesses”

Date: 16.10.2019 – 17:00 – 19:00
Venue: Myrtilo – Athens, Greece

Open to young entrepreneurs (18-30 years old)

Adie, France

Adie, France

Adie, France

1. Open house event

Date: 17.10.2019
Location: Kawéni, Mayotte (French overseas territory)

Objectives:

  • To know ADIE’s, values & missions, as well as its financial and non-financial offer.
  • Sensitization about the European Microfinance Day and the support the EU brings to the sector, and particularly to Adie.
  • Demystifying entrepreneurship: anyone can start a business, regardless of his/her background, network, educational level or financial resources, etc.
  • Find out about entrepreneurship (business creation and development, legal statuses, taxation, administration, etc.).
  • Learn about other entrepreneurship support organisations/programs in Mayotte, that could help them start /develop their own business.

2. Group picture

Adie’s staff from the Head Office, all dressed in blue, will take a group picture with European flags and other visuals to celebrate the European Microfinance Day!

3. Profile highlight

Adie will highlight one of their client’s story on social media, a client with quite an “EU” profile.

Stay tuned for more information about the European Microfinance Day 2019!

The EMD in 2018

More than 25 EMN & MFC members from 13 European countries joined the 4th European Microfinance Day in 2018, organising about 37 different local activities such as events, seminars, debates, round tables, etc., as well as social media campaigns, press releases and newsletters, video animations and special offers such as loan discounts and open house days. The outputs of last year’s European Microfinance Day were compiled in this short video, for more information about the 2018 edition and previous ones, check out our dedicated page.