Tag Archives: start-up

MFC prepares for the country visit to Serbia and Montenegro

As part of the project exploring the ecosystem for start-ups in Europe, the MFC team will meet with microfinance institutions, NGOs, state bodies and others engaged in supporting new enterprises. We will talk about the current efforts in helping start-up enterprises and will brainstorm on the possible ways of scaling up the efforts. On 11th and 12th of September, meetings ...

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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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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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