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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.

Deals of the Week – Sep 25, 2020

September 25th, 2020|

Alenvi has raised €2 million in a recent funding round led by PhiTrust. Paris-based Alenvi is innovating in the elderly care segment. It aims to build an organizational model built on autonomy and human bonds. Infarm has raised €144 [...]

Financing sources for social entrepreneurs

September 23rd, 2020|

Social entrepreneurs starting to work on their business models are often overwhelmed with the amount of information they receive. There seems to be an almost unlimited number of ways to combine income streams with key activities, delivery methods and [...]

Deals of the Week – Sep 18, 2020

September 18th, 2020|

True Gum produces plastic-free and plant-based chewing gum and has just raised €1 million from venture capital fund Oyster Bay. We've been thinking about these investments for some time now as it shows how impact is reaching the mainstream. [...]

L’urgence de la taxonomie sociale

September 16th, 2020|

Le Parlement Européen a adopté en juin dernier les premières mesures relatives à la mise en place d’une taxonomie des investissements pour encadrer les produits financiers dits durables, dans le cadre du plan d’action „financer la croissance durable“ voté [...]

What is Social Finance?

September 14th, 2020|

Scott Kupor has written a book about venture capital published in 2019 (“Secrets of Sand Hill Road – Venture Capital and How to Get It”). It’s really worth reading and he makes an observation which we can relate to. [...]

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