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The European Center for Social Finance was created to help establish best practices and distribute knowledge in financing the provision of social services and social innovations. It works at the intersection of theory, practice and policy and views social finance as a process which encompasses among others selection criteria, financing structures and impact assessment. The Center is based at the Munich Business School and works with a network of partner organizations across Europe.

Technical Assistance

The European Center for Social Finance is providing technical assistance to social enterprise finance providers.

Research & Insights

Our research is based on academic rigour aimed at providing relevant and actionable insights to intermediaries.

News & Developments

We are regularly publishing short articles on current developments, deep dives or deals of the week.

We publish on a regular basis articles on current developments, deep dives and deals of the week. Take a look below.

Job Posting: Working student

June 28th, 2021|

The European Center for Social Finance (ECSF, is a research and advisory organization based at Munich Business School. All projects have a European focus and include topics such as alternative finance for social innovations, human rights, youth unemployment, the [...]

Social Reporting Standard-  making social impact visible

June 28th, 2021|

The article “Social Reporting Standard-  making social impact visible” by ECSF co-founder Barbara Scheck has been published in the first volume of the Sustainable Finance book series by Springer. Sustainable Finance is a reference series linking research and practice on [...]

Some predictions for the impact space

January 11th, 2021|

2021 is certainly a year which makes predictions challenging. I still try to come up with four predictions for the coming year: Shifting Narratives: Poverty and unemployment won’t be seen as personal failures anymore The Reckoning: Good and bad [...]

Social Bridging Finance – a few first thoughts

December 12th, 2020|

The Robertson Trust Foundation in Scotland recently published the results of an initial evaluation of their Social Bridging Finance scheme (SBF) pilot. Supporting a highly demanding social services’ transformation in Scotland, SBF is a finance and operational partnership between [...]

Deals of the Week – November 27, 2020

November 27th, 2020|

Frischepost has raised a seven-figure amount in an investment round led by BonVenture. Hamburg-based Frischepost is linking farmers to consumers and is delivering more than 2.500 different products with electric vehicles. This investment should not be confused with Flaschenpost [...]

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