Newsletter: ATM for SMEs

The “ATM for SMEs” project, lead by Fejér Enterprise Agency (HU),  is implemented in the framework of the INTERREG EUROPE programme. The aim of the project is to prevent the lack of access to credit and financial exclusion, which represents a serious obstacle to business creation, through the exchange of local policies, innovative solutions and good practices.

The main activities in the project:
• interregional learning process: study trips, policy exchange events 
• local adaptation of the lessons learnt: local stakeholder meetings and regional action plans. Improvement of 9 local policies.
• Joint EU level studies on the utilization of public money and on the conditions to create better access to finance for priority groups

Recently happened:
Study trip in Offenbach, 28-30 October 2016
The 2nd partners’ meeting was hosted by project partner KIZ Sinnova in Offenbach, Germany. The 3-day meeting included a policy exchange seminar, exchange of good practices and a steering group meeting.
The project partners discussed the good practices for efficiency and sustainability of local microfinance programmes. In order to make use of the information presented the small working groups were formed and the different aspects of sustainable and efficient micro-finance programmes were analysed using the business model canvas.

Upcoming events
Study trip in Oslo/Kolbotn, Norway, 20-22 March 2017
The project partners will present the local good practices identified in the field of Social and technological innovation in microfinance.  The host partner is Microfinance Norway, and the venues for the meeting will be in Oslo City Center . The programme will also include a mini-seminar on microfinance in the European and Norwegian context.
Study trip and Steering Group meeting in Burgos, Spain, 15-17 May 2017
The project partners will present the local good practices identified in the field of Involvement of priority groups.
The host partner is European Business and Innovation Centre of Burgos.

More info about the project: CEEI-ATM

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