In Oslo, Norway, with the effective cooperation of the organizer, Microfinance Norway AS and the project partners, the “ATM for SMEs” project has continued with a study trip which aimed to find new best practices in microfinance. Between 20-22 March 2017, cca. 20 people have joined the meeting which was a great chance for exchanging knowledge and views we hope to promote some understanding of the opportunities related to business development, microfinance and social innovation in the Follo region, Norway and Europe, and the possibilities that lie in a cooperation between public authorities, social entrepreneurs, universities, businesses, financial institutions and NGOs .
Our host was the Microfinance Norway AS (Non-profit) which is a new microfinance loan fund in Norway aimed at start-up businesses that does not have ordinary access to financing from banks or other financial institutions. The fund recently got a permit from the Finance Ministry of Norway to operate as an independent financial institution, see www.mikrofinansnorge.no and read more about the subject in Sparebankbladet. They have invited Center for Social Entrepreneurship and innovation to co-host the event, and Oppegård Municipality is also a partner.
The event as a part of a study trip for the project partners of the Interreg Europe project “Access to Microfinance for Small and Medium sized Enterprises” as well as the members of the National Networks Committee of the European Microfinance Network who had a meeting in Oslo/Kolbotn March 20-22 to meet the public and business community locally to exchange views. Participants could exchange views with public authorities, business community representatives, social entrepreneurs, microfinance institutions and networks, ministries, regional authorities, NGOs and a university: NMBU on the stage as well as among the public.