Financing options for impact entrepreneurship (31 may)

, par Ekkehart Schmidt

There are many people in the Greater Region who would like to start or have started a business with a social or ecological impact. They usually do not lack good ideas, but often lack the funding to actually implement them. Many do not have the networks, the professional experience, the financial guarantees or the "scalable" project to easily convince banks and other investors.

A full-day (10am - 5pm) event on 31 May 2022 at the incubator Technoport in Esch-Belval is aimed at them :

Financing options for impact entrepreneurship - A cross-border event to demystify financing sources

The organisers are the InterReg project PushGR, the project REconomy Luxembourg and etika.

Business founders, but also people who would like to become entrepreneurs but have not yet dared to take the step, e.g. because they do not know the financing possibilities, will receive relevant information here, can learn from experience reports and contribute with their questions at workshops.

A series of speeches with different views on the topic of impact entrepreneurship will be followed by workshops on the various financing options. Among others, Karel Lambert (Akabo-Buttek) and Julia Gregor (Onperfekt) will report on their experiences with bank loans and crowdfunding campaigns. The day will conclude with a pitch session where founders can present their projects.

Detailed programme :

10:00 - 11:30 : Introductory panel on impact entrepreneurship with Eric Lavillunière (REconomy Luxembourg), Daniel Tesch (ULESS), Sevan Holemans (Solifin) and Fabienne Colling (Touchpoints).

11:30 : Coffee break

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. : Thematic workshop and exchange of experiences on funding opportunities :

13.00 - 14.00 : Lunch

14.00 - 15.30 : "meet my needs" pitch session

15.30 - 17.00 : Networking & drinks

Location Technoport SA, 9 avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux, L-4362 Esch-sur-Alzette

Language : The event will be held in English

Registration : Participation is free of charge. Registration (mandatory) here

Pitch session information :

ONLY 4 entrepreneurs will be able to pitch their project – if you complete the following requirements, please apply to cecile@cell.lu

(1) Profile

  • Enterprise is ethical, sustainable, and local ;
  • Based in Belgium, France, Germany, or Luxembourg ;
  • Venture is ready to ‘get to the next level’ : new articles, innovation, expansion... ;
  • Ideally would operate in one or more of the following sectors : food, renewable energy, housing, health & care ;
  • Contributes to the long-term resilience of the society ;
  • A project that can be replicable.

(2) Language : ENGLISH

(3) Please send the following info (no more than 1 page !)

  • 2-3 lines : « Meet my needs » : define clearly what is or are your needs today ? How can the community help you ?
  • 10 lines : description of your project (the shorter, the better, it’s already a good training for your 5-6 min. pitch).
  • 10 lines about yourself and your motivation to attend the pitch session.
  • A photo of you and your project