EU-funded Interreg Project Finance for Social Change starts crucial phase

29. Apr 2020

MOOC-based Learning Campaign and International Competition with prize money is about to start

With the release of new tools, the EU-funded Interreg project “Finance for Social Change” (F4SC) will soon enter a new and crucial phase: The #AirMOOC & #AirCompetition (AIR: Accelerating Investment Readiness) aims at joining Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Investing for more positive social change.

We are looking for social ventures, impact investors and policymakers who want to work jointly towards this endeavour.  The Call for Applications for the international pitch competition is open now until 31st May 2020.

#AirMOOC will launch on 25th May and run for 6 weeks.

#AirCompetition will perform a two-stage screening of applying social enterprises (for-profit or non-profit) and select 30 ventures to compete in pitch competitions in 4 countries. The selected competitors will receive one-on-one coaching before the pitches. 

Each winner will get at least 10,000 € in prize money (amount pending due to the crisis) and exclusive access to a large investor network. 

While the competition focuses on ventures from or operating in the Danube region, the MOOC is available to all.

#AirMOOC offers six modules focusing on topics at the intersection of social entrepreneurship and impacts investing: Impact, Strategy, Finance, Governance, Scaling, and Communication. As a follow-up to #AirMOOC selected participants can join even more intense “offline trainings”.

AIR is brought to you by the EU Interreg project “Finance4SocialChange”, a partnership of 14 organizations from 12 European countries.

You may Join #AirMOOC & #AirCompetition HERE

Stay tuned with the latest updates through our FinanceforSocialChangeproject webpage,  Facebook, Youtube, and Linkedin channels. 


About the project

The EU-funded INTERREG Project F4SC (Finance for Social Change) project’s mission is to improve the market for social impact investment in the region by addressing all relevant actors and stakeholders in a holistic way. Finance4SocialChange brings together a partnership of 14 Project Partners and 6 Associated Strategic Partners from 12 countries to deliver improved policy learning, and to develop practical solutions on impact investing in the Danube Region. The Finance4SocialChange partnership promotes mutual learning between social enterprises, accelerators, impact investors and relevant national and regional policymakers. With a variety of different approaches and activities Finance4SocialChange aims at improving the eco-system for social investment in the Danube region.

Austrian contact

Helmut Gassler, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Vienna:

Project Website:

The Interreg-project Finance4SocialChange is co-financed by European funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI).


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