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Training on Equity Capital in the Social & Solidarity Economy

Date: Tuesday, 27 June 2023 from 13:00 to 16:30 (time in CEST)

Equity investments play a vital role in the growth and development of companies, providing essential capital for expansion and flexibility for founders. However, research indicates that the need for equity funding in social economy organizations exceeds the current supply by threefold. To address this gap and explore the potential of equity investments in Europe, the European Center for Social Finance is organizing a comprehensive online training.

The workshop aims to enhance understanding of equity investments and their contribution to the social economy and ethical finance. It will include real-life case studies and insights from prominent speakers in the field.


The primary objective of this training is to gain a deeper understanding of the current state of equity investments in Europe and their potential impact on the social economy. The training will explore different types of equity capital used in the social and solidarity economy, including those tailored specifically for social enterprises. By examining two real-life case studies, participants will learn about equity instruments provided by organizations such as Change, which originated as a debt providing organization, and Seed Capital Bizkaia, a pioneer regional investor. The training aims to provide valuable insights into the challenges and advantages of equity investments.

Equity capital is a form of investment provided by the owners of a company. Unlike debt, equity capital does not need to be repaid and remains invested in the company for an unlimited period. Investors benefit from regular dividend payments and the potential increase in the company’s valuation, leading to a higher value of their shares. In the social and solidarity economy, various types of equity capital are utilized, some similar to traditional venture capital, while others are specifically tailored to the unique context of social enterprises.

Delivery and Enrollment 

The training will be conducted online, allowing participants from anywhere to join. Enrollment is open, and interested individuals can register via a Google form, which also facilitates invoicing data collection. The training is free for members of the Federation of European Ethical and Alternative Banks (FEBEA), while non-members will be charged a fee of €100.00 + VAT.

Read more and enroll at the European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks and Financiers


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