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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.

A few thoughts on criminal entrepreneurship

October 21st, 2020|

A few years ago, I was invited to give a talk to 30 German Chiefs of Police. I took the opportunity to talk about social entrepreneurship and my perspective on criminal entrepreneurship. The interesting part was that all of [...]

Deals of the Week – Oct 16, 2020

October 16th, 2020|

There was also one deal this week which we have found especially interesting. Before we come to Murfy, we take the opportunity to talk about our approach. Each week we look at what happened in the wider impact space. [...]

Deals of the Week – Oct 9, 2020

October 9th, 2020|

Meatless Farm has raised €26.4 million. The current pace of investments in the alternative meat industry keeps surprising us. The Leeds-based company was founded in 2016, launched its products in 2018 and has already raised €14.5 million in a [...]

A growing segment of the banking industry

October 7th, 2020|

Back in 2014 I was working on an analysis of the credit default rates of social enterprises. The only way to possibly estimate them was using the balance sheet of those banks which are interchangeably defined as value banks, [...]

Deals of the Week – Oct 2, 2020

October 2nd, 2020|

SkinVision has raised an investment from Rubio Impact Ventures (formerly known as Social Impact Ventures). The Amsterdam-based company is providing an AI-based smartphone app for skin-related cancer detection. Uncapped has raised $26 million in debt and equity funding. The [...]

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