Launch of webinar series

Social(i)Makers has launched a series of webinars that aims at offering additional inspiration and fresh ideas around the core pillars of Social Innovation. Join us and discover successful practices from all over Europe. The topics chosen are related to the modules of our Social Innovation Academy. 

Webinar #1: Can Blockchain be a tool for Social Innovation?

Date: 29. Oct. 12.30-13.30 CET

You might have heard about emerging Decentralized Ledger Technologies such as Blockchain in relation to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but little is said about its potential for social impact. If you are curious about blockchain applications for social innovation, you can find the recording and the presentation of the webinar on the Social Innovation Academy under the module Technology and Creativity for Social Innovation.

In this webinar, Lucas Zaehringer, the founder of explained how blockchain technologies can be used to create social innovation by:

  • Creating a digital identity for undocumented people
  • Recording social impact and real-life data
  • Incentivizing social behaviours
  • Disintermediating international development work
  • Disrupting markets where data automation and ownership are key (energy, healthcare..)

About Positiveblockchain is the open-source database and platform exploring blockchain for social impact. The database currently lists nearly 600 blockchain projects and startups that aim at generating positive social impact for the people and society.

If you missed this webinar, you can find the video in the Technology & Creativity for Social Innovation module in our Social Innovation Academy. 

Webinar #2: Is Europe financing Social Innovation?

Date: 28. Nov. 12.30-13.30 CET

Finding the right instruments to implement your social innovative idea can be challenging. There are many possibilities out there and still more evolving.

Our two experts, Cyril Gouiffès, Investment Manager at the European Investment Fund and Alexandra Heraeus, Transaction Manager at FASE, will shed light on the spectrum of impact finance and share their complementary expertise. In this webinar they will touch upon the following questions:

  • What financial instruments are available for social entrepreneurs in Europe?
  • In which direction is the European impact investing market going?
  • What is the role of public investors like the European Investment Fund?
  • What is the role of private investors?
  • How does the investment process really work? 

About FASE - Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship

The Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FASE) supports selected social enterprises in raising growth capital. They identify investors and financiers across the entire spectrum, ranging from private investors, family offices and foundations to social investors and banks. In order to develop innovative financing approaches that can serve as role models and blueprints, FASE focuses on combining several types of investors and different financing instruments. As an FASE independent organisation FASE cares deeply about the social and environmental impact of their projects and seeks to advance the social finance sector.  

About EIF – European Investment Fund

The EIF supports Europe’s SMEs by improving their access to finance through a wide range of selected financial intermediaries. To this end, they design, promote and implement equity and debt financial instruments which specifically target SMEs. In this role, the EIF fosters EU objectives in support of entrepreneurship, growth, innovation, research and development, and employment.

If you missed webinar #2, you can find the video in the Impact Finance module of the Social Innovation Academy.