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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.

Methods & Tools

We use established methods and tools to assess the social impact or to create investment and funding strategies.

Next events

Normally, we are organizing regular workshops on impact mesaurement, financing instruments, brand-building strategies and other topics. We are not expecting to organize any physical workshops soon but will work on online formats. More details to come in the coming weeks.

Reports and papers from the field

Sir Ronald Cohen has written a new book “Impact  – Reshaping Capitalism to Drive Real Change”. It’s the best book to read if you want to get a detailed understanding of what is currently happening in the impact investing and social finance space. It covers major trends but also entrepreneurial stories. Link.

We agree with the key message in this policy brief: “Businesses that receive support in incubators tend to have higher survival rates, create more jobs & generate more revenue.” Check out the “Policy Brief on Incubators & Accelerators that Support Inclusive Entrepreneurship”. Link.

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