EVPA 2015

How do we scale great ideas? Why is crowdfunding growing so rapidly in Europe? Why are venture philanthropy and social investors not all in the race towards technology for good? Which social entrepreneurs are addressing the social issues that have resulted from the European migration crisis? Why is gender lens investing important? How do we offer great non-financial support to investees?

These were just some of the questions that were pondered at the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA)’s annual conference, held on 1st & 2nd of December in Madrid, Spain.  It also saw the soft-Launch of the latest Non-Financial Support research, the launch of ESELA; a new international network of law firms, legal experts, academics specialising in all aspects of the law as it applies to social enterprise and EVPA’s Impact Measurement Guide in Spanish.   

Hosted by major Spanish players Andbank, BBVA, La Bolsa Social, Meridia Capital and Vivergi, the EVPA Annual Conference is one of the largest and most diverse conferences in this European sector which has seen €5 billion invested in it since its inception some ten years ago.
It brought together 500 European social investors, investees, VP organisations, academics and business school representatives, from 44 countries.

The conference, themed “Different Voices – A Shared Future”, was a meeting point and networking forum to talk about innovative financing models and solutions in Europe, to explore how to build and grow the European VP sector and to forge new collaborations to build a strong ecosystem for societal impact.

Interested to find out more? See here for some of the highlights, video’s and pictures.

The Conference will be heading to Paris in 2016.