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Start-up ecosystem research – first country visit in Albania

On 27/02 – 3/03/2017 the first country visit of MFC took place in Tirana, Albania. During the visit discussions were held with leading Albanian MFIs (AgroInvest, BESA Fund, Crimson Finance Fund, FedInvest NOA, UniFin), the development agency AIDA, and UNDP. The discussions revealed growing interest of microfinance institutions in serving more start-up enterprises recognizing their unique challenges and needs. The ...

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A new round of the research on start-up ecosystem in Europe in 2017

This year, we continue exploring the conditions for business creation and the role of microfinance vis-a-vis start-ups. This year, we are teaming up with the European Microfinance Network (EMN) to carry out the project in 8 countries: Albania, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Spain and the UK. This project is implemented within the four-year Framework Partnership Agreement of MFC and ...

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Watch and listen again to recent Webinars!

Watch WebEx recordings. Download the WebEx player first! The Microfinance Sector in Europe: Converging path in Eastern and Western European Microfinance || Main findings from the Survey of EMN-MFC Members 2014-2015 Want to listen again? Click here. Want to see the presentation? Click here   Mikrofinanse w Europie: wyniki badania instytucji członkowskich EMN i MFC  Listen again in Polish! Want to ...

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Case studies

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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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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Adie, MicroStart and Taysir launch distance learning for micro-entrepreneurs!

What are we talking about? Three microfinance institutions (MFIs), namely Adie in France, microStart in Belgium and Taysir in Tunisia launch together an online training facility addressed to future micro-entrepreneurs in September 2016. This free of charge e-learning instrument is composed of 9 short videos and over 40 tools & exercises, which guide future micro-entrepreneurs throughout the process of their ...

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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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