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20 Oct

5th European Microfinance Day : Empowering Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs

Event European Microfinance Day

 

European Microfinance Day logo and hashtag

The European Microfinance Day was launched in 2015 as a tool to highlight the impact of the microfinance sector in Europe from a social and an economic perspective.

The main objectives of the European Microfinance Day are:

  1. To raise awareness among European citizens on the existence of microfinance and on its value to fight unemployment and social exclusion.
  2. To draw the attention of European media on how microfinance works in Europe and how it supports and helps the unemployed and European citizens excluded from the traditional financial sector.
  3. To exchange experiences within the European microfinance sector by giving visibility to the work of EMN & MFC members.
  4. To allow local members to draw the spotlight on their achievements and their missions at local level

These objectives remain the same and they will define the spirit of the 5th European Microfinance Day, articulated around one of the core promises of our sector :

Empowering tomorrow's entrepreneurs

The Brussels event

While the heart of the EMD campaign truly is the local actions organised by our members, a European Microfinance Day wouldn't be complete without a Brussels event acting as a unifying thread between all those initiatives. This year the Brussels event will take place on Thursday 17 October. We have concocted an exciting programme to showcase promising developments on the research side, to distinguish some outstanding local microfinance beneficiaries, to give the awardees of the European Code of Good Conduct the visibility they deserve, and last but not least to explain microfinance, its actors, and its benefits in a series of clear, easy-to-grasp panels, far from the somewhat obscure technical jargon. The Brussels event is free of charge but registration is mandatory.

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Local actions

Logo Organisation ADIE

Paris, France

Adie, France

1. Open house event

Date: 17.10.2019
Location: Kawéni, Mayotte (French overseas territory)

Objectives:

  • To know ADIE’s, values & missions, as well as its financial and non-financial offer.
  • Sensitization about the European Microfinance Day and the support the EU brings to the sector, and particularly to Adie.
  • Demystifying entrepreneurship: anyone can start a business, regardless of his/her background, network, educational level or financial resources, etc.
  • Find out about entrepreneurship (business creation and development, legal statuses, taxation, administration, etc.).
  • Learn about other entrepreneurship support organisations/programs in Mayotte, that could help them start /develop their own business.

2. Group picture

Adie’s staff from the Head Office, all dressed in blue, will take a group picture with European flags and other visuals to celebrate the European Microfinance Day!

3. Profile highlight

Adie will highlight one of their client's story on social media, a client with quite an "EU" profile.

Logo Organisation AFI

Athens, Greece

Action Finance Initiative, Greece

1. Microfinance celebration party

Date: 17.10.2019
Venue: Technopolis - Athens, Greece

Programme:

  • Celebration presentation on microfinance and its footprint on economy and society
  • Celebration presentation from business partners and funders
  • Awards to success stories
  • Testimonial videos of entrepreneurs having taken a microloan
  • Networking among customers based on clusters, sectors and activity
  • Open exhibition of products/services offered by AFI clients

2. Free training : "A Social Media Guide To New Businesses"

Date: 16.10.2019 - 17:00 - 19:00
Venue: Myrtilo - Athens, Greece

Open to young entrepreneurs (18-30 years old)

Logo Organisation AgroInvest

Belgrade, Serbia

AgroInvest, Serbia

Round table on Financing the growth of Micro and Small Enterprises

Opportunities instead of hurdles - How to bring out the potential?

Date: 24.10.2019
Venue: Serbian Chamber of Commerce

Objectives:

  • To understand microfinance as a financial service and social task
  • To understand the role social finance and microfinance play in EU’s economic and social inclusion policies
  • To review the range of practice in microfinance regulation and supervision in Europe
  • To discuss options for a regulatory framework for microfinance (NBFI) in Serbia

AMA

Albanian Microfinance Association, Albania

1. Reception

Date : 15 October 2019 - 10:00 - 12:00
Venue:  Tirana International Hotel, Consortium Room - Tirana, Albania

Objectives:

  • Maximize visibility for the EMD 2019
  • increase awareness about the dimensions and developments of the sector in Albania

Logo Organisation AMIK - Association of Microfinance Institutions of Kosovo

Prishtina, Kosovo

AMIK, Kosovo

1. Social media campagin

AMIK will this year utilize the social media and digital channels to mark the EMD day. AMIK will use the EMD theme, banner and add AMIK logo and distribute in the social media directly and through its members. The banner will be accompanied with a press release – message on the EMD Day, its marking across EU and importance of Kosovo Microfinance for empowering the entrepreneurship.

The aim is to signal and inform that Microfinance operates in EU, there is a wide policy acceptance for microfinance impact on entrepreneurship and that Kosovo Microfinance is also important for local entrepreneurship and economic empowerment.

Logo Organisation COOPFIN

Cagliari, Italy

Coopfin, Italy

Seminar

Date : 18 October 2019
Location : Cagliari, Italy

Description:

  • Southern Sardinia is characterized by high unemployment rates among young (especially NEETS) and women. Microfinance could play a special role in enhancing financial and social inclusion of this people.
  • The event is organised by Autonomous Region of Sardinia - Regional Department for Planning in cooperation with the support of COOPFIN (EMN member), the local university and other local stakeholders. Some testimonials, financed by Microfinance products, will tell about their experiences.
  • A business idea competition will be launched during the event addressed to young people and women wishing to create new micro cooperatives.

Logo Organisation Fundacion Nantik Lum

Madrid, Spain

Nantik Lum, Spain

Social media promotion

Nantik Lum will be promoting the #2019EMD campaign and microfinance's social contribution via its social media channels (Facebook and LinkedIn).

KEPA – microSTARS

Thessaloniki, Greece

KEPA - microSTARS, Greece

Open Meeting : "Fintech in Greece:  Empowering Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs"

Date: 10 October, from 17:30 to 20:30
Speakers: Representatives from the Hellenic Ministry of Development, banks, startuppers, fintech experts 

Main objectives

  • Promotion of microfinance 
  • Highlighting the importance of microcredit as an alternative funding tool for every entrepreneur, existing, would-be, social entrepreneur, to boost their business
  • Dissemination of latest news and updates on microfinance both in our country and abroad, especially on fintech solutions
  • Raising awareness and promote networking

Logo Organisation MI-BOSPO

Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina

mi-bospo

Mi-BOSPO, Bosnia & Herzegovina

This year’s plan is to strengthen our campaign on social networks, we will do our best to be interesting so people notice it and be aware of MNE, and MI-BOSPO as part of that network. Our main goal is that our citizens understand that they can create their own jobs, and that the microfinance sector is there to support them. 

Public targeted

Our clients, potential clients, young people who are planning their future, women entrepreneurs and employees.

Visibility

Our action will be taking place primarily on social media, supported by a press release.

Logo Organisation Microfinance Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

Microfinance Ireland

Marketing campaign

Similar to previous years, Microfinance Ireland is developing a marketing campaign (primarily email Marketing & social media) using the EMD 2019 tagline of ‘Empowering Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs’ to promote the availability of finance for budding entrepreneurs, Start-Up Businesses and for those businesses who want to scale and grow and to highlight this European-wide initiative.

This is a great opportunity for Microfinance Ireland to promote the availability of finance for those businesses who may be having difficulty in getting finance for their business from commercial lending providers and celebrating the 5th European Microfinance Day across Ireland.

Logo Organisation Microlux

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Microlux & InFiNe, Luxembourg

1. Conference

Date : 11 October 2019
Location : Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Description:

  • On October 11th, at the Maison de la microfinance, join Fabienne Colling, Co-founder & Manager of Touchpoints Asbl, Ahmed Dablat, entrepreneur & founder of We Go – car washing, and Samuel Paulus, Senior Manager at microlux, to talk about the experience of setting up a business as a migrant in Luxembourg and the initiatives to support the entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Touchpoints Asbl creates meeting points between local populations and migrants in Luxembourg in order to promote and build the living together in the long term. In that framework, Touchpoints Asbl provides business creation advisory services and training for migrants and collaborates with microlux, the first microfinance institution in Luxembourg.

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2. Social media

Objective:

  • Highlight the microlux’s board and team members and its voluntary coaches network during the EMD campaign. 

3. Newsletter

Description:

  • On October 15th, microlux will send the first Newsletter targeting its clients. The issue will provide information about microlux workshops for customers and prospects, taxes calendar and microlux’s voluntary coaches, and will be a great occasion to promote the EMD 2019 campaign.

Logo Organisation OMRO

Târgu-Mureș, Romania

Omro, Romania

Online actions

Location : Romania

Description:

  • OMRO intends to increase awareness about microfinance as a solution against financial exclusion among its clients and potential clients, among local communities and in the media, in Romania.
  • OMRO will promote the EMD 2019 online (article on the website, on LinkedIn and Facebook pages), within the Branches and in the local media by sending a press release.

Opportunity Bank Serbia A.D.

Novi Sad, Serbia

Opportunity Bank, Serbia

Opportunity Bank is going to promote the 5th European Microfinance Day on Facebook, LinkedIn and on the Opportunity bank website. Their publications will highlight the EMD campaign and spread the word about microfinance and its pivotal role.

Logo Organisation Patria Credit

Voluntari, Romania

Patria Credit, Romania

1. Zero granting fee credit

Date: 17-23 October 2019
Description: Patria Credit celebrates the European Microfinance Day with special offers for their customers applying for a new loan. In 2019, they will have 5 days with zero granting fee for all the small business that acquire a loan between 17-23 October. 

2. Film release

Date: 21.10.2019
Venue: Online

This year Patria Credit will be launching the 1st episode of their educational program "Small Business Breeding", part of a 5-video series on important topics for farmers such as: When is the time to grow their business? How do they get credit for the business? How to grow your first business in the country side? Why the association and cooperation are important? The educational video will be available starting Monday 21 October on Patria Credit YouTube channel.

Logo Organisation PerMicro

Turin, Italy

PerMicro & RITMI, Italy

1. Film release

Date: October 2019
Description:

In October 2019, for the European Microfinance Day, PerMicro and RITMI will release on their social networks and website a video on the story of the birth of “Manami Deli”: what is Omar and Hera story? How do they manage the production of a double culinary production? The purpose is to raise awareness on the theme of social, financial and cultural integration offered by microfinance.

2. Partita Viva project

Date: 23.10.2019
Venue: Vicenza, Italy

Partita Viva is a project created to offer support to freelancers in the Veneto region. It offers a set of integrated services dedicated to those who want to open or have a VAT number: having your own VAT number and being a freelancer requires knowledge, awareness of your rights and duties, constant updating.

For this reason Partita Viva periodically organizes in-depth meetings with topics related to the world of freelancers sharing the most interesting information of the territorial and national panorama.

On 23 October in Vicenza, RITMI and PerMicro together with CISL Vicenza and Partita
VIVA, will host an afternoon event, open to the public, to explain the opportunities offered
by microfinance to the target of freelance workers.

Logo Organisation Qredits

Almelo, Netherlands

Qredits, The Netherlands

Student Contest : "Tomorrow’s entrepreneurs have Qredits"

Qredits will hold a contest among students that are currently in their EigenBaas* educational program or recently completed it. The most entrepreneurial student who is just starting his/her company stands to win a €500 check to help with start-up costs.

Qredits values and invests in tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, this is the reason we designed this entrepreneurial skills program for vocational colleges and high schools. Students that successfully complete the program, have a good plan and are registered with the Chamber of Commerce may be eligible for a student loan from Qredits even if they don’t win the contest.

*EigenBaas = Be your own boss

Logo Organisation RITMI

Turin, Italy

PerMicro & RITMI, Italy

1. Film release

Date: October 2019
Description:

In October 2019, for the European Microfinance Day, PerMicro and RITMI will release on their social networks and website a video on the story of the birth of “Manami Deli”: what is Omar and Hera story? How do they manage the production of a double culinary production? The purpose is to raise awareness on the theme of social, financial and cultural integration offered by microfinance.

2. Partita Viva project

Date: 23.10.2019
Venue: Vicenza, Italy

Partita Viva is a project created to offer support to freelancers in the Veneto region. It offers a set of integrated services dedicated to those who want to open or have a VAT number: having your own VAT number and being a freelancer requires knowledge, awareness of your rights and duties, constant updating.

For this reason Partita Viva periodically organizes in-depth meetings with topics related to the world of freelancers sharing the most interesting information of the territorial and national panorama.

On 23 October in Vicenza, RITMI and PerMicro together with CISL Vicenza and Partita
VIVA, will host an afternoon event, open to the public, to explain the opportunities offered
by microfinance to the target of freelance workers.

Logo Organisation Seed Capital Bizkaia Mikro

Bilbao, Spain

Bizkaia, Spain

Roundtable on microfinance

Location : Bilbao, Spain

Date : 28 October 2019

Description: Bizkaia is organising a roundtable on microfinance with various actors of the sector. For the European level, the roundtable will feature the participation of EMN's General Manager Jorge Ramirez.

Logo Organisation UniCredit

Milan, Italy

UniCredit, Italy

Special Promotion

Date : 28 October to 15 November

On the occasion of the 5th European Microfinance Day, UniCredit, through its Social Impact Banking programme, is offering customers and prospects a special promotion on microcredit by removing preliminary investigation costs for a set period of time.

This is the first time the bank has launched a special promotion of this kind with the aim of introducing microfinance to higher risk classes and being increasingly inclusive.

Logo Organisation UTCAR REGIUNEA VEST

Deva Hunedoara, Romania

UTCRA, Romania

1. Awareness-raising event

Date: 5.10.2019
Venue: Brănișca, Romania

Description:

The event is organized by UTCAR REGIUNEA VEST, LOCAL AUTHORITIES OF BRĂNIȘCA COMMUNE, C.A.R. UNIREA DEVA, GLISSANDO S.R.L. and AURORA NBFI with the aim to:

  • Promote the microfinance within small local communities;
  • Educate the owners of small income-generating activities and advertise the best practices in agricultural/farming field – several specialists are invited to speak to the auditorium about the necessary steps for reaching a sustainable development in this direction;

The Mayor and local Council will single out the importance of legalising the income-generating activities and the role of the local SME’s in the long-term development of the village.

CAR Unirea and Aurora NBFI will present new financial products for those who are willing to establish start-ups in the agricultural/farming field.

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