Leveraging Finance 4 Positive Social Change: Impact investors, social entrepreneurs and experts joined to enhance the social impact investment ecosystem in the Danube region

Program: INTERREG Danube Transnational Cooperation Programme

Support: European union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (IPA II) and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI); Government of the Republic of Croatia; private financing (15%)

Lead partner: IFKA Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd. for the Development of Industry

Partners: IFKA Public Benefit Non Profit Ltd. for the Development of the Industry; ZSI Centre for Social Innovation; Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship; Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding; BSC, Business support Centre L.t.d., Kranj; Steinbeis 2i GmbH; Sofia Development Association; Union of Slovak Clusters; ASHOKA Austria; University of Heidelberg / Centre for Social Investment; ACT Group; CCIS Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia; Organization for Small and Medium Enterprise Sector Development; Institute of Market Problems and Economic-Ecological Researches of NAS Ukraine; Central European Initiative Executive Secretariat; UnLtd, The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs – GSEN Global Social Entrepreneurship Network; EURADA European Association of Regional Development Agencies; Ministry of Economy, Moldova; NESsT Foundation Romania

Total project value: € 2.013.975,00

ERDF co-financing: € 1.490.432,50

IPA co-financing: € 100.321,25

ENI co-financing: € 121.125,00

Duration: 01.07.2018 – 30.06.2021

Main results: “Social Impact Investment Strategy for the Danube region”, “Social Impact Investment Transnational Design Academy”, “Business Plan Competition” and “Social Impact Investment Community Council” – promoting more social innovations and impact investment ready social enterprises