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, 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.
Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, United Kingdom, Turkey, Northern Macedonia, Albania
Ocenjeni stroški projekta
EUR 25 mio
Socialna infrastruktura, socialno in solidarnostno gospodarstvo
Človeški kapital, izobraževanje in usposabljanje
Lastništvo osnovnih sredstev
Zagotovljeno delno financiranje
Predvidena nova delovna mesta
Ekonomska upravičenost/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.
Podrobnosti o financiranju
Financiranje projekta zagotovljeno,: EUR 10 mio (40 %)
Vir financiranja: Javno–zasebno partnerstvo
Group Crédit Coopératif : 3,3m EUR
European Investment Fund: up to 5M EUR (max 30% of fund size)
Other institutional investors: 4,5M EUR
Nosilec projekta je za ta projekt prejel /zaprosil za finančno podporo EU/EIB
Obstoječa oz. možna ozka grla pri izvedbi projekta/Možna tveganja
- 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).
Komisija ne daje nobenega jamstva ali zagotovila, izrecno ali implicitno, da so informacije o projektu brez napak. Informacije o projektu so na voljo brez kakršnih koli jamstev, pogojev ali poroštva glede njihove točnosti.
A free translation into English has been provided by the European Commission on this project, for information purposes only. The original language version is the authentic version.