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Supporting “generation start-up”: Opportunities for Hungarian MFIs This case note presents our initial research findings and analysis on the start-up enterprise landscape in Europe (in particular:Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria). This initial exploratory research was designed to identify current good practice among microfinance service providers serving start-ups; understand the future potential role of microfinance vis-a-vis start-ups; and propose concrete and practical ...

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Breaking news! EIF and European Commission launch new capacity building initiative for micro-credit and social finance providers!

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the European Commission are announcing a new initiative to help micro-credit and social enterprise finance providers develop their businesses under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). The new “EaSI Capacity Building Investments Window” will reinforce the capacity of selected financial intermediaries in the areas of microfinance and social enterprise finance. Through equity investments (such as seed financing, ...

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Microfinance & the start-up sector: Romania visit || Read our new case studies!

In early October, MFC staff visited Romania to meet with a range of stakeholders (including MFC members Vitas and GoodBee) to discuss how the microfinance sector currently supports start-up businesses, what challenges the sector faces in that work and the opportunities to expand that support in future. Among key issues and ideas we heard was the fact that 1) the ...

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EaSI TA Workshop on EU Instruments for Microfinance in Bulgaria

The workshop took place in Sofia, Bulgaria on 10 November 2016. It was jointly hosted by the Bulgarian Association of Credit Cooperatives and Microfinance Organizations (BACCOM) and fi-compass. The event welcomed 34 practitioners from credit cooperatives and microfinance organizations, who discussed opportunities and obstacles within the Bulgarian microfinance sector. The speakers presented useful information regarding the EaSI Technical Assistance, EIF ...

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More than EUR 1 billion has been mobilised to support over 100,000 micro-entrepreneurs in 23 EU member states

Source: EC – Audiovisual Service More than EUR 1 billion has been mobilised to support over 100,000 micro-entrepreneurs in 23 EU member states under the Progress Microfinance and the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programmes. Target borrowers of this cooperation between the European Investment Fund (EIF), the European Commission, and microfinance providers include unemployed micro-entrepreneurs, young self-employed, minority groups, women rural ...

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The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme – launch of a public consultation

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to evaluate the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). All stakeholders and participants or beneficiaries involved in the EaSI programme are welcome to provide feedback. The consultation on the Employment & Social Innovation Programme was extended until 25th January 2017! Please find more information here  Source: EC – Audiovisual Service

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TA under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)

  Funder: The European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB) Partners: Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, European Microfinance Network (EMN) The MFC (as part of a consortium including the European Microfinance Network and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management), is delivering training  in good governance (including social performance), management information systems, strategic planning, and risk management. MFC also ...

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Nine new microcredit providers to benefit from fi-compass EaSI TA (the Call is still open!)

Under the second Call for EaSI TA, which opened three months ago, nine European Microcredit Providers (MCPs) from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Romania have been selected to benefit from technical assistance. These MCPs can opt to receive microfinance institutional rating and tailor-made technical assistance to improve the quality of their operations under the EaSI TA framework. With this selection, the ...

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Financing start-ups and social outcomes measurement

In a time of economic slow-down, the idea of financing start-up enterprises in the EU is quite alluring. As such, start-ups (enterprises in early stages of development, generally less than 2 years old) are high on European Commission’s agenda. For this reason, the MFC is taking a deep dive on how microfinance can support start-ups. We will examine existing practices ...

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MFC 2016: News from Tirana

The 2016 MFC annual conference “Microfinance in the Cloud”, held in partnership with the Albanian Microfinance Association (AMA) brought over 380 participants from 41 countries to Tirana! The over-arching conference theme considered the space that microfinance could potentially occupy if it fully embraces new technology, or the detachment it will suffer if it does not.  It was an honor to welcome ...

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