Banking for Social Entrepreneurship

“As new challenges are pressing and new solutions are emerging, particularly banking is holding the potential to increase and sustain positive impact in society.”

Led by this perspective, around 120 participants – bankers from Erste Group and social entrepreneurs from across CEE – came together in a unique conference setting to pioneer new ways of interaction and collaboration amidst turbulent times. The mindset of sector-blurring cooperation was already reflected when conference hosts Erste Group, ERSTE Foundation, good.bee and Ceská Sporitelna partnered with us for the design and delivery of the conference – banks, foundations and a young social enterprise united around a common intent.

Looking back, “Banking for Social Entrepreneurship” proved to be both an unconventional and impactful experience: colorful exhibitions, lively dialogues, triggering conversations and inspiring perspectives* marked a creative learning design – but most importantly an engaging setting allowed the diverse participants to connect, share and explore several new opportunities…

* Amongst the many guests and speakers of the conference: Andreas Treich (Erste Bank), Erhard Busek (IDM), Felix Oldenburg (Ashoka), Sava Dalbokov (good.bee), Jeroo Billimoria (Aflatoun), Jonathan Robinson (The Hub), Eva Varga (NESsT), Brian Richardson (Wizzit), Nikolaus Spieckermann-Hutter (gcp), Franz Karl Prüller (ERSTE Foundation) and Michael Fembek (Antara Solutions)