There are different financial instruments which could help the social innovators and social enterprise start-ups to access finance.
Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding is by definition, “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.”(forbes.com).
What is Crowd funding? Planning for Crowd Funding – What, How, Why and When?
Following a review of the Resources section you will have a broad insight into alternative financing resources which exist for social / hybrid enterprises.
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CrowdFunding: Some definition and examples of Crowfunding Web Platforms
Philanthropic Capital: Funding usually provided by corporate foundations for projects focusing on the social good.
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Social Venture Capital: offers financial institutions the opportunity to invest in risk capital for companies engaged in social innovation.
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Social Bonds: issued by banks to support the initiatives of high social interest; offer to subscribers a market rate of return, and the funding of the securities. The Bank disburses money for social innovation projects.
Social Impact Bond – a public program that produces savings for the community, with a financial intermediary that identifies interested investors; but the return on investment is tied to the success of the social project.
Social Impact Bonds Definition
European Direct Funds – a new EU funding programme EASI, managed by the EU Commission to foster, amongst other things – Microfinance and Social Innovation. See the video at