Philanthropy and Social Investments Fostering Research and Innovation - New Financing Forms and Partnerships

From Thursday, 21 April, 2016 to Friday, 22 April, 2016
On April 21-22, Amsterdam will be the meeting place for foundations, innovative philanthropic and social investors, social entrepreneurs, research institutes, financial intermediaries, corporations, policy makers, and researchers.

This two-day conference is focused on key decision makers and representatives from the public, commercial and philanthropic sector. The event is part of the Horizon 2020 work programme Access to Risk Finance and is associated with the Netherlands EU Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The conference marks the beginning of a joint effort by the EU, businesses, and foundations to mobilize private investments in research and innovation in Europe. Building on the European Foundations for Research and Innovation (EUFORI) Study, the conference aims to discuss new financing forms and partnerships. Next to the exploration of new forms of financing, the added value of partnerships in fostering research and innovation in Europe will be discussed. One of the important questions that will be addressed is how to close the collaboration triangle between the public sector, the commercial sector and the foundations.