EU Funding and Internationalisation Support for Social Enterprise

EU Funding and Internationalisation Support for Social Enterprise
Scotland Europa

Scotland Europa, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International are organising a workshop in Edinburgh for the Scottish social enterprise and investment community to raise their awareness of EU funding and internationalisation support relevant for the sector.


EU funding


The workshop will give an overview of the various EU funding instruments supporting social enterprises and social innovation. This includes in particular the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), which funds projects in the area of sustainable employment, combating social exclusion and improving working conditions. In particular, a Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship strand will provide microcredit and microloans for vulnerable groups and micro-enterprises. The workshop will also cover opportunities for social enterprises in the structural and investment funds, which is EU funding allocated to Scotland.


This reliance on innovative financial instruments (i.e. those other than traditional grants) has taken on a much more pronounced presence in the new EU funding landscape 2014-2020, including for funding streams of relevance to social enterprise. This signifies a new way of working with EU funding, in particular that Scottish social investment funds and other institutions financing social enterprises can become financial intermediaries for the relevant funds, under an agreement with the European Investment Fund.


Scotland Europa is currently working to raise awareness among the financial community in Scotland about all of the EU financial instruments (equity, loans, guarantees) and this thematic workshop is part of initiative.


The workshop targets Scottish actors in the social enterprise and investment sector, in particular organisations interested in becoming financial intermediaries for the EU Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship strand.


Internationalisation support


At the workshop, SDI will also present its internationalisation support, in particular the Smart Exporter initiative, which gives Scottish social enterprises, businesses and entrepreneurs free access to experienced international trade advisers. Steve Turner, an adviser with over 20 years in international trade experience will cover:


The international opportunity for Scottish Social Enterprises/Businesses
How to prepare your offering and identify prospective markets
The support available to help you internationalise
How to get started and then how to grow
Common pitfalls and issues
What you should do next




10:00 – 10:30 Registration
10:30 – 10:35 Welcome
10:35 – 11:45 EU funding opportunities for social enterprise
11:45 – 12:00 Q&A
12:00 – 12:30 Scottish Development International support
12:30 – 12:45 Q&A
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch


Download the presentation from the event