On March 27-28, 2017, in Warsaw, the Central & Eastern Europe Social Investment Taskforce held the first meeting of its Steering Group. This initiative spearheads a pioneer, collective effort to address the impediments to the advancement of the social investment industry in CEE.
Under the leadership of Ewa Konczal, CEE manager at the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA), with Nicole Etchart and Roxana Damaschin-Tecu from NESsT, this meeting gathered 20 representatives from the social investor community, incubator programmes, and government from across the region, as well as the European Commission.
The CEE Taskforce will address the lack of early-stage investors and patient capital for the social investment sector.
Through the representation of diverse stakeholders, it will stimulate ecosystem development by showcasing investment examples, sharing pipeline and deals, attracting investors to the region, and integrating CEE into the global social impact investing movement (under the auspices of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group of the G8).
In the next year, the CEE Taskforce will deliver a report on the state of social impact investing in CEE, as well as case studies of deals and investment opportunities in CEE for potential social investors.
For more information, see http://www.evpa.eu.com