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Opis projekta

A pan-European Investment Fund to provide equity, loans and technical assistance to boost social entrepreneurship through microfinance institutions accross the EU and Pre-accession region.

Helenos objective is to support sustainable and inclusive growth of small and emerging financial intermediaries, targeting social and microentrepreneurs, that needs capital strenghtening. Helenos is the first step of a pan-european capital market for social finance, with the ultimate objective of boosting job creation and economic and social inclusion throughout Europe.

Nicolas Blondeau


Nicolas Blondeau, 42, is an enthusiastic and committed professional with 15 years of experience in the microfinance sector. He first started his career in the field (Brazil, Kosovo and Guatemala), and then worked for private and public investment companies in Europe (Incofin IM, BIO and ADA). In his different responsibilities, Nicolas developed an extensive knowledge of the microfinance sector, especially in Africa, f.i. as Board member of a Tanzanian MFI or following up a leading African investment fund. Nicolas holds a bachelor in Business Administration from the Louvain-la-Neuve University, in Belgium, and a Master in Development Cooperation from the Free Brussels University. Nicolas speaks French, Dutch, English and Spanish.

Prikaži više

Zemlja, regija

Rumunjska [Nord-Vest]

Danska [Hovedstaden]

Španjolska [Cataluña]

Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, United Kingdom, Turkey, Northern Macedonia, Albania

Datum početka

srpanj 2018

Procijenjeni trošak projekta

25 milijuna EUR


Socijalna infrastruktura, socijalno i solidarno gospodarstvo

Ljudski kapital, obrazovanje i izobrazba

Vlasništvo nad imovinom


Vrsta projekta


Status projekta

Zajamčeno djelomično financiranje

Odaberite vrstu prihoda


Očekivani broj novih radnih mjesta


Gospodarska opravdanost / poslovni model

Helenos is the first private equity fund to target social and micro-entrepreneurs across Europe. It combines a sound financial model, with a first loss investment secured from the European Investment Fund, with a convincing social performance.
As a reminder, 24,4% of EU population are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, 92% of enterprises in Europe are microenterprises and more than 2/3 of employment of EU-28 come from MSMEs. Banks often refuse to finance those microentrepreneurs, due to a.o. lack of collateral or source of income. They turn either to friends, family or specific FIs. Those FIs play thus a key role in supporting social and microentrepreneurs. In particular small and emerging FIs face as well challenges to find adapted sources of funding.
Helenos is an investment fund coupled with a technical assistance fund to strengthen the capital base and support the overall capacity of small and emerging MFIs (i.e. risk management, information system, product delivery,...). 25m EUR investment fund providing (quasi-) equity. 4m EUR of technical assistance fund delivering tailored support according to a thorough needs assessment. Fund lifetime of 10 years. Convincing track-record of Inpulse, the management team.

Pojedinosti o financiranju

Zajamčeno financiranje projekta u iznosu od: 10 milijuna EUR (40 %)

Izvor financiranja: Javno-privatna partnerstva

Signed commitments:
Group Crédit Coopératif : 3,3m EUR
European Investment Fund: up to 5M EUR (max 30% of fund size)
Other institutional investors: 4,5M EUR

Promotor je primio financijsku potporu / podnio zahtjev za financijsku potporu EU-a / EIB-a za ovaj projekt.

Postojeće ili moguće prepreke za realizaciju projekta / mogući rizici

- For the technical assistance fund, heavy dependance on grant ressources (a part of the fee for the managers will be dedicated to support the technical assistance fund).

Objavljeno: 20/07/2016 | Posljednji put ažurirano: 24/09/2019

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